The Fitzwater Center Honors

The Fitzwater HonorsThe Fitzwater Center is an arena that recognizes excellence—spanning from high school students to established professionals. The Center grants annual scholarships to students who have expressed an interest in media or politics, throughout their high school career. In addition, an annual honors ceremony awards medallions for Leadership in Public Communication.

This year's ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 18th, 2019 in Spagnuolo Hall at the Rindge Campus.

The Medallion Lecture 
"The Global Battle for Journalism's Soul"
with Richard T. Griffiths
President, Georgia First Amendment Foundation
Retired, CNN Vice-President and Senior Editorial                   Director
3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Spagnuolo Hall

The Scholars' Reception
4:45 - 5:45 p.m., DiPietro Library Commons

The Honors Ceremony

6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Spagnuolo Hall


Previous Recipients of the Fitzwater Medallion for Leadership in Public Communication

 Alexander Heffner - 2018

PBS Host, "The Open Mind"

2018 RECIPIENT

Diane Rehm - 2017

Diane Rehm is an award-winning former American Public Radio talk show host and bestselling author. A native Washingtonian, Rehm hosted The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU and NPR for nearly 40 years, which grew from a local program to one with international reach and a weekly on-air audience of more than 2.8 million. She now carries on in podcast form, reporting on issues that matter most to her: what’s going on in Washington, ideas that inform, and the latest on living well as we live longer.

2017 recipient

Joseph Sciacca - 2016

Editor-in-Chief, Boston Herald

2016 Recipient

Juan Williams - 2014

Journalist & Political Analyst, Fox News

2014 Recipient

Tom Rosenstiel - 2012

Director and Founder, Project for Excellence in Journalism
PEW Research Centers

2012 recipient

Jeff Bartlett - 2011

President and General Manager, WMUR

2011 recipient

2010
Candy Crowley
Senior Political Correspondent, NBC

2009
Luke Russert
News Correspondent-at-Large, NBC

2008
Dana Perino
Press Secretary to the President, The White House

2007
Steve Scully
Political Editor, C-SPAN
President, White House Correspondents Association

2006
Kenneth Walsh
Senior White House Correspondent, U.S. News & World Report

2005
The Honorable Chuck Hagel
U.S. Senator for Nebraska

2004
Victoria Clarke
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense


Previous Recipients of the Fitzwater Medallion for Contributions to the Public Discourse by a Graduating Student

2018
Margaret Bell

2017
Alyssa Borelli

2016
Stephen Keimig

2015
Sarah Rodriquez

2014
Brett Bosley
Robert Driscoll

2013
Samantha L. Debay

2012
Erica Tomaszewski

2011
Alyssa Dandrea

2010
Bailey Gaffney
Robert Michaelson

2009
Steven E. Dodrill
Derek Gorman

2008
Arrika Knights

2007
Matthew Leite
Trent E. Spiner

2006
Stephen C. Lacey

2005
Frank S. Blais
Kristen M. Costa


Previous Recipients of the Fitzwater Medallion for Contributions to the Public Discourse by a New Hampshire Journalism Educator

2017
Adam Theriault
Souhegan High School

2012
Tim Clark
ConVal High School

2011
Mary Lukas DeWinkeleer
Londonderry High School

2010
Gordon Lang
Kingswood Regional High School

2009
Linda Lawson
Concord High School

2008
Michael O'Leary
ConVal High School

2007
Nancie Stone
Pinkerton Academy, Derry

2006
Sharon Wilson
Manchester Central High School

 

If all communication depends on our ability to transmit ideas from one person to another, let this Center spark the intellectual curiousity, the enthusiasm and the personal integrity to make every person who passes through these halls a beacon unto the world."

Marlin Fitzwater

Center Programs

The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication offers numerous programs that reach out to constituencies on campus, within the region and beyond to the national arena.

Pierce Media GroupThe Pierce Media Group consists of the Pierce Arrow Newspaper, FP-TV, and the Pierce radio station. This organization is operated completely by students like you that have an interest in mass communications and media.
Department of Communication

In addition, the Department of Communication is housed within the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication and offers degrees in Communication with concentrations in Journalism and Media Production as well as Media Studies, Sports Media, and Social Media and Emergent Technologies.

About Marlin Fitzwater

Learn more about the Center’s namesake, Marlin Fitzwater, who served as press secretary to presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.