Dr. Douglas Ann Newsom Receives Gold Anvil for Lifetime Achievement in Public Relations

December 1, 2016

[photo by albert chau]
[photo by albert chau]

PRSA awarded its highest individual honor, the Gold Anvil Award, to Douglas Ann Newsom, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA. The award was presented during the General Session on Oct. 23 at the 2016 International Conference.

With more than 40 years of experience in public relations and education, Newsom is a trailblazer who set many firsts; including the first woman to win PRSA’s Educator of the Year Award in 1982, the first PR educator to be president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in 1985, and the first recipient of the Educator of the Year award from the Public Relations Foundation of Texas in 2008.

“Public relations has been my career path as long as I can remember. Many colleagues guided that path and offered advice and wise counsel,” Newsom said. “Doing the same for others is what I try to do through LinkedIn, articles, textbooks and during conferences. My mantra at TCU was ‘the most important part of your education was learning how to learn.’”

“Dr. Newsom’s distinguished career in the public relations profession should serve as an inspiration and challenge to current practitioners,” said Mark W. McClennan, APR, 2016 PRSA Chair.

Honoring PRSA’s 2016 Individual Award Recipients

  • The Patrick Jackson Award for Distinguished Service: Abbie S. Fink
  • The Outstanding Educator Award:  Marcia DiStaso, Ph.D., APR

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