Winners of the James W. Schwartz Award for Distinguished Service to
This prestigious award is named after James W. Schwartz, who earned
a bachelor's of science in agriculture journalism in 1941 and went on
to chair the journalism department from 1965-1977. Schwartz also served
as president of the Association for Education in Journalism.
Hugh Sidey (1950), Time Magazine's White House correspondent
Don Jackson (1942), historian, author and editor
(with special emphasis on George and Martha Washington and the
Robert L. Bartley (1959), Pulitzer-prize winning
editor of The Wall Street Journal
Lauren Soth (1932), former editorial page editor
of The Des Moines Register and a Pulitzer prize winner
Don Muhm (1952), farm editor of The Des Moines
Francis Byrnes (1938), internationalist with
the Rockefeller Foundation.
Ruth Ellen Lovrien Church (1933), long-time
food editor of the Chicago Tribune.
Tom Knudson (1980), Pulitzer-prize winning reporter
for The Des Moines Register and The Sacramento Bee.
Roy Reiman (1957), founder of Reiman Publications
and publisher of a variety of magazines, including Country, that
deal with rural life.
Two Schwartz Awards were given in 1987: William E. Ames (M.S.
1952), historian and journalism educator, whose book on the National
is still considered a classic of its kind; and Terry Anderson (1974),
Middle East bureau chief for the Associated Press, who was held
hostage in Lebanon.
Leo Mores (1938), long-time community editor
and publisher of the Harlan (Iowa) newspapers.
Robert Kowalski (1966 and M.S. 1977), medical
writer and author of The Eight-Week Cholesterol Cure and other
books linking diet to health
Donald L. Arends (1952), president and chief
executive officer of his own business-to-business advertising
Geneva Overholser, editor of The Des Moines
Register and ombudsman at The Washington Post and the first recipient
was not an Iowa
John Madson (1951), prize-winning outdoor writer
Jack Shelley, not a journalism department alumnus,
but Shelley served as a member of the journalism faculty after a
distinguished career at WHO
Radio and Television in Des Moines.
Kevin Cooney (1974) and Mollie Cooney (1975),
anchors and reporters for
KCCI-TV in Des Moines.
Ralph W. Anderson (1933), former publisher and
editor in the Grundy Center and the Farm Bureau spokesman.
James Evans (1954), professor at the University
of Illinois and a leading educator in agri-business journalism.
Ann Cooper (1971), United Nations correspondent
for National Public Radio.
Merrill J. Oster (1961), international agricultural
Herb Plambeck, Pioneer farm broadcaster
Chris Adams (1988), reporter for The Wall Street
Louis M. Thompson (1961, 1969), press secretary
James Grunig (1964), public relations professor
Bill Monroe (1969), executive director of Iowa
Karol DeWulf Nickell (1979), editor of Better
Homes and Gardens
Wayne Davis, community journalist and former
temporary faculty member
Patricia Dean (1968), journalism school associate
for the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication