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Press Club of Dallas 2008 Katie Awards Winners To Be Announced at Sixth Floor Museum Reception Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Tue, Nov 11, 2008, 12:48 pm

Press Club of Dallas 2008 Katie Award Winners  To Be Announced at Sixth Floor Museum Reception
6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, November 15

The Press Club of Dallas and Press Club of Dallas Foundation announced that a limited number of single tickets are now available at $25 each for the gala Katie Award reception.  The award reception will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15th at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas.  Tickets can be purchased by check mailed to the Press Club Foundation, 310 E. I-30, Suite B-107, Garland, TX 75043; or by faxing credit card information to ATTN Jo Ann Holt, Press Club of Dallas, 972-226-6567.  Payment by check or credit card may also be made at the event with prior reservation.

Katie Award winners will be announced in the following 21 categories—

Magazines:   Best Cover, Best Story, General Excellence, and Writer of the Year;

Newspapers, Large:  Best Business Reporting, Best Column, Best Feature, Best Headline, Best Investigative Series/Story, Best Series, Best Specialty Reporting, and Best Sports Reporting; Newspapers, Small:  Best Business Reporting, Best Column, Best Feature, Best Investigative Series, and Best Specialty Reporting; Online:  Best Blog, Best Website; Photography:  Photographer of the Year; and Wire:  Best Business News Story.

Entries were judged by the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, FL, and Michael Ruby and Merrill McLoughlin, former co-editors of U. S. News & World Report and assistant editors of Newsweek.   

Press Club of Dallas Foundation President Cheryl Hall and board member Gloria Campos are co-chairing the 2008 Katie Awards, and Michael Patterson is President of the Press Club of Dallas.  Along with recognizing excellence in journalism, funds received from the Katie Awards have provided nearly $400,000 in scholarships for college students majoring in journalism or related fields.

The gala reception, with food and beverages including beer and wine provided by TASTE Catering, will be held on the seventh floor of the museum, but guests are invited to come as early as 6 p.m. for free admission to the Sixth Floor Museum prior to the reception.  The Katie Awards are being held at the Sixth Floor Museum in conjunction with their commemorative events for the 45th anniversary of the assassination.

The reception will include a historic program presented by Hugh Aynesworth, award-winning journalist and author of “JFK: Breaking the News” and other books, and additional participants who were in the limelight immediately following the assassination of U. S. President John F. Kennedy Nov. 22, 1963.  Katie Awards will be presented to the winners by Tony Pederson, Professor and Distinguished Belo Chair of Journalism at Southern Methodist University, immediately following this presentation.  

With over six million visitors since opening in 1989, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is the most visited historic site in north Texas.  The museum is located on the sixth and seventh floors of the former Texas School Book Depository, known today as the Dallas County Administration Building.  On November 22, 1963, evidence was found on the sixth floor of the building that a sniper had fired at President John F. Kennedy as his motorcade passed below on Elm Street, killing the president and wounding Texas Governor John Connally.  Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the museum chronicles the assassination and legacy of President Kennedy through exhibits, public programs and research resources, including those available online at

For more information about the 2008 Katie Awards or other Press Club activities, please visit 

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