Group photo of mdalists and Mizzou administrators.

Dean David Kurpius, Meredith Artley, Lincoln Stephens, Gerd Ludwig, Merrill Perlman, Provost Garnett Stokes, Bill Plante, Barbara Ehrenreich, Yoani Sánchez, Rea Hederman, Sandy Rosenbush and Leon Carter.

Seven journalists and two media organizations received the prestigious Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism Oct. 26. Each year since 1930 the Missouri School of Journalism has awarded the medal to outstanding journalists, advertising and public relations practitioners, business people, institutions and media organizations from around the world. Among them are Tom Brokaw, Christiane Amanpour, Sir Winston Churchill, Gloria Steinem, Deborah Howell, David Granger and Gordon Parks. During the day the medalists presented master classes on topics related to their areas of expertise to journalism students and other guests. In the evening, the medalists gathered for a banquet and awards ceremony.

Dean David Kurpius opens the banquet with a toast of Missouri River water.

Dean David Kurpius opens the banquet with a toast of Missouri River water. Kurpius joined the Missouri School of Journalism in July 2015 after serving as a professor and administrator at Louisiana State University for almost 20 years.

Vocal ensemble

Mizzou Forte greets the crowd at the Reynolds Alumni Center with song before the banquet begins.

Copy editor Merrill Perlman and Professor Emeritus Brian Brooks mingle with students.

Missouri Honor Medalist Merrill Perlman, a copy editor formerly with the New York Times, and Professor Emeritus Brian Brooks mingle with students.

Photojournalist Gerd Ludwig shares stories with those in the crowd, including master's student Alexey Furman.

Photojournalist Gerd Ludwig shares stories with banquet attendees, including master's student Alexey Furman.

Cuban blogger, journalist and entrepreneur Yoani Sánchez is accompanied by her translator Alejandro Gonzalez.

Cuban blogger, journalist and entrepreneur Yoani Sánchez is accompanied by her translator, Alejandro Gonzalez.

Author and activist Barbara Ehrenreich receives her honor medal. Ehrenreich is the author of 21 books, including The New York Times best sellers, “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America” (2001), “Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America” (2010), and “Living with a Wild God” (2014). Ehrenreich is also a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Harpers, The Progressive magazine, and Time magazine, and has appeared on “Oprah, The Daily Show.”

Author and activist Barbara Ehrenreich receives her honor medal from Provost Garnett Stokes. Ehrenreich is the author of 21 books, including New York Times bestsellers Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2001), Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America (2010) and Living with a Wild God (2014). Ehrenreich is also a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Harpers, The Progressive and Time and has appeared on Oprah and The Daily Show.

Merrill Perlman shakes Dean David Kurpius's hand after receiving her honor medal. In 1983, Perlman was hired as a Business copy editor at The New York Times, later becoming Metro copy desk chief (twice), night Metro editor, an editor on the Week in Review, recruiting editor for copy desks and managing editor of The New York Times News Service. In 2004, she was named director of copy desks, in charge of the 160-plus copy editors across the newsroom.

Merrill Perlman, BJ '74, shakes Dean David Kurpius' hand after receiving her honor medal. In 1983, Perlman was hired as a business copy editor at The New York Times, later becoming metro copy desk chief (twice), night metro editor, an editor on the Week in Review, recruiting editor for copy desks and managing editor of The New York Times News Service. In 2004, she was named director of copy desks, in charge of the 160-plus copy editors across the newsroom.

Dean David Kurpius and CNN's Digital editor in chief Meredith Artley

Dean David Kurpius shares a laugh with Meredith Artley, BJ '95, editor-in-chief of Missouri Honor Medal-winning organization CNN Digital. CNN Digital, which encompasses CNN.com, CNNi.com and CNNMoney, is one of the world’s leading digital news brands, reaching more than 100 million unique users a month worldwide across mobile and desktop platforms.

Entrepreneur and activist Lincoln Stephens, BJ '03, delivers his acceptance speech after receiving an honor medal. In November 2008, Stephens decided to quit his job as an advertising account management executive to pursue his passion for mentorship and co-founded a nonprofit organization called The Marcus Graham Project. The organization, which is focused on bringing more diversity to the advertising industry through mentorship, exposure and career development, has been featured in Advertising Age, Black Enterprise magazine, Savoy magazine, and on CNN and NBC. Additionally, Stephens was named one of Advertising Age’s “40 under 40″ marketing leaders in 2013 and previously was featured in Ebony magazine as one of the top entrepreneurs in the country under the age of 34.

Entrepreneur and activist Lincoln Stephens, BJ '03, delivers his acceptance speech after receiving an honor medal. In November 2008, Stephens quit his job as an advertising account management executive to pursue his passion for mentorship. He co-founded the Marcus Graham Project, a nonprofit focused on bringing more diversity to the advertising industry through mentorship, exposure and career development. It has been featured in Advertising Age, Black Enterprise and Savoy as well as on CNN and NBC. Stephens was named one of Advertising Age’s “40 under 40″ marketing leaders in 2013.

Lincoln Stephens' wife wipes a tear from her eye during her husband's speech.

Lincoln Stephens' wife wipes a tear from her eye during her husband's speech.

Bill Plante, a Senior White House correspondent for CBS News, mingles with students before ceremonies begin. Plante has covered the administrations of Ronald Reagan (beginning in 1981), Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama as well as every presidential campaign since 1968.

Bill Plante, a senior White House correspondent for CBS News, mingles with students before ceremonies begin. Plante has covered the administrations of Ronald Reagan (beginning in 1981), Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama as well as every presidential campaign since 1968.

Leon Carter, an ESPN vice president, shares stories with students.

Leon Carter, an ESPN vice president, shares stories with students.

Sandy Rosenbush, an ESPN event news editor, accepts an honor medal on behalf of the Sports Journalism Institute, along with Leon Carter. The two are co-directors of the Institute, a nine-week training and internship program for college students interested in sports journalism careers. The Institute is designed to attract talented minorities and women to journalism through opportunities in sports reporting and editing as well as enhance racial and gender diversity in sports departments nationwide.

Sandy Rosenbush, an ESPN event-news editor, accepts an honor medal on behalf of the Sports Journalism Institute, along with Leon Carter. The two are co-directors of the institute, a nine-week training and internship program for college students interested in sports-journalism careers. The institute is designed to attract talented minorities and women to journalism through opportunities in sports reporting and editing as well as to enhance race and gender diversity in sports departments nationwide.

Yoani Sánchez accepts her honor medal. Sánchez is an acclaimed Cuban blogger, journalist and founder of 14ymedio, Cuba’s first independent daily digital news outlet. In 2009 President Barack Obama wrote that her blog “provides the world a unique window into the realities of daily life in Cuba” and applauded her efforts to “empower fellow Cubans to express themselves through the use of technology.” Time magazine listed Sánchez as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People, stating that “under the nose of a regime that has never tolerated dissent, Sánchez has practiced what paper-bound journalists in her country cannot: freedom of speech.” Foreign Policy magazine has named her one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers.

Yoani Sánchez accepts her honor medal. Sánchez is an acclaimed Cuban blogger, journalist and founder of 14ymedio, Cuba’s first independent daily digital news outlet. In 2009 President Barack Obama wrote that her blog “provides the world a unique window into the realities of daily life in Cuba” and applauded her efforts to “empower fellow Cubans to express themselves through the use of technology.” Time magazine named Sánchez one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People, and Foreign Policy magazine has named her one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers.

Gerd Ludwig accepts his honor medal. Soon after leaving Germany and moving to New York in the mid-1980s, Ludwig started photographing for National Geographic magazine. His focus on environmental issues and the socioeconomic changes following the dissolution of the Soviet Union resulted in his book, “Broken Empire: After the Fall of the USSR,” a 10-year retrospective published by National Geographic in 2001 in the U.S., Germany and Korea. Ludwig’s ongoing coverage of post-Soviet Russia has garnered his distinction as the world’s foremost color photographer documenting the region.

Gerd Ludwig accepts his honor medal. Soon after leaving Germany and moving to New York in the mid-1980s, Ludwig started photographing for National Geographic magazine. His focus on environmental issues and the socioeconomic changes following the dissolution of the Soviet Union resulted in his book Broken Empire: After the Fall of the USSR, a 10-year retrospective published by National Geographic in 2001 in the U.S., Germany and Korea. Ludwig’s ongoing coverage of post-Soviet Russia has garnered his distinction as the world’s foremost color photographer documenting the region.

Publisher Rea Hederman, MA '70, poses for a portrait with his family. Hederman has been publisher of The New York Review of Books since 1984. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Hederman came to The New York Review after a distinguished career in journalism. From 1973 until 1982, he was executive editor of the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. During that period, he transformed what was generally considered to be a racist and journalistically inferior publication into a newspaper that won almost every major national award for journalism, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the George Polk Award, and the Heywood Broun Award, among others, and, in 1983, the Pulitzer Prize for public service for work published in 1982.

Publisher Rea Hederman, MA '70, poses for a portrait with his family members and friends: from left, Patrick Hederman, Angela Hederman, Rea Hederman, Jean Jenner and Mike Jenner, Houston Harte Chair and a former staffer of The Hattiesburg American. Hederman has been publisher of The New York Review of Books since 1984. A native of Jackson, Mississippi,  he was executive editor of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger 1973-1982. During that period, he transformed what was generally considered to be a racist and journalistically inferior publication into a newspaper that won almost every major national award for journalism, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the George Polk Award, the Heywood Broun Award and the Pulitzer Prize for public service for work published in 1982.

Lincoln Stephens poses for a portrait with his wife, parents and baby.

Lincoln Stephens poses for a portrait with his wife, parents and baby.

A couple of journalism students pose for a quick cell phone picture with Bill Plante.

Strategic communication master's student Katie Moeller (left) poses for a quick cell phone picture with a fellow journalism student and Missouri Honor Medalist Bill Plante, CBS News senior White House correspondent.