The Missouri College Media Center named Chart Editor-in-Chief Brennan Stebbins Journalist of the Year Saturday.
From the news release:
“This is a great honor,” Stebbins said. “The Chart has a long history of Journalists of the Year, and it is nice to add my name to the list.”
In presenting the award, Dr. Charles Fair, adviser to The Muleskinner at the University of Central Missouri, cited Stebbins’ coverage of Missouri Southern’s hiring of convicted embezzler Norman Katz to teach accounting.
“The story was well-written, well-sourced and fair,” he said.
Fair also said Stebbins exhibited a “passion for the profession” and represented journalism’s best ideals.
“Dr. Fair was very kind,” Stebbins said. “I just went into the interview and told them what I do and how I go about it.”
This is the second year in a row that the Chart has earned a major MCMA award. Last year, adviser T. R.Hanrahan,was named adviser of the year. Hanrahan, who was MCMA Journalist of the Year in 1995, praised Stebbins.
“Brennan and I have a unique relationship,” he said. “We don’t pull punches with each other. I am close friends with two other Chart editors who won this award and I can say without a doubt that Brennan might be the most deserving.
“Frankly, I was surprised he didn’t win last year.”
Stebbins also took first place in investigative reporting and regular column; second place in editorial writing and in-depth reporting; and honorable mention in news writing.
The Chart captured 20 MCMA awards, including the Sweepstakes award in its class.
Stebbins and the Chart were the ones who discovered what university officials somehow overlooked during their vetting of Norman Katz for an accounting instructor position- that he had pleaded guilty to embezzling $129,000 from the William McKinley Museum in Canton, Ohio. Katz later resigned his teaching post.
(Photo: Brennan Stebbins, center, with Chart staff last year after earning top MCMA honors. From left, Alexandra Nicolas, Luke Taylor, Stebbins,T. R. Hanrahan, Nathan Carter)