NLP names 2022 News Literacy Change-Makers


Thursday, June 9, 2022
7:00 PM EST

Educator award named for NLP founder and CEO Alan C. Miller

This week we celebrate our amazing 2022 News Literacy Change-Makers! Please join us in recognizing the outstanding achievements of our educator, journalist and student of the year.

These honorees have distinguished themselves in their commitment to news literacy. And this year the awards have a deeper meaning for NLP, as the organization’s board has named the Educator of the Year Award in honor of NLP founder and CEO Alan C. Miller. NLP’s other awards are named for its late board members, the distinguished journalists John S. Carroll and Gwen Ifill.

“I am greatly honored and deeply grateful to be recognized in this way,” Miller said. “I appreciate this connection to the outstanding educators that we honor each year and find it particularly meaningful to have my name included alongside John and Gwen, for whom I had such admiration and affection.”

Please join us as we celebrate these News Literacy Change-Makers in a live, virtual event Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m. ET. Register here.

And be sure to visit our dedicated landing page to see videos of the winners, read their stories and learn about past winners.

Our 2022 Honorees

Alan C. Miller Educator of the Year

Jamie Gregory, a librarian and journalism teacher at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, South Carolina, is the news literacy subject matter expert for her school. While news literacy lessons are essential to her journalism classes, Gregory also works with colleagues from all disciplines to help them integrate the subject into their lessons in relevant and meaningful ways. “Being named the educator of the year was a big surprise. I see myself as a regular teacher who is just trying to meet the needs of her students. I’m so humbled and grateful for the honor.”

John S. Carroll Journalist of the Year

Pierre Thomas, chief Justice correspondent for ABC News, has covered some of the biggest stories of our time, and has been an active participant in NLP’s work from its founding. He was one of NLP’s first volunteer journalism fellows and participated in the in-person classroom program. He also has been featured at various NLP events and serves as a charter member of NLP’s National Leadership Council. “To be named the News Literacy Project’s John S. Carroll Journalist of the Year means the world to me. I’m humbled by it. The organization, I believe, is helping to make journalism and our democracy healthier.”

Gwen Ifill Student of the Year

Alysa Baltimore, a junior at Station Camp High School in Gallatin, Tennessee, is a serious and thoughtful student who is deeply concerned about issues of equality and racial justice, said her AP English teacher Stephanie Jones, who nominated her for the award. “I feel like this [winning the award] has helped me grow, and it has solidified my idea for what I want to be in the future,” Baltimore said.

Congratulations to our honorees!

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