Donoghue wins Yankee Quill Award

COLCHESTER -- Longtime journalist and Saint Michaels College adjunct professor Mike Donoghue has been presented the 2007 Yankee Quill Award ,considered the top journalism award in New England for newspapers, radio and television stations, news agencies and academia. The Academy of New England Journalists created the Yankee Quill award in 1960 to give to people who have demonstrated a broad influence for the good of New England journalism, both inside and outside the newsroom. The award is for a lifetime of work and not for a single specific story or event. Donoghue, who is only the third Vermonter to win the award, has been a fulltime staff writer at The Burlington Free Press for 37 years and also has been an adjunct professor and academic adviser in the journalism department at Saint Michaels College for 23 years. During the awards banquet Bill Ketter, chairman of the Academy, said Donoghue was being honored for his commitment to the First Amendment, the Publics Rightto-Know-the-Truth and for working with both current and aspiring journalists to improve the profession. Donoghue also was cited for his award-winning efforts as a news writer, including his work that helped send two killers to prison and exposing the nations biggest deadbeat parent. He also fought and won access to the list of about 275 pardons granted by a Vermont governor, and used public records to identify the worst repeat drunken drivers and expose the backlog of unserved arrest warrants. As a sportswriter, he helped expose a major hazing scandal at the University of Vermont, which was later forced to cancel its varsity hockey season midway through the 1999-2000 schedule. In his spare time, Donoghue serves as the executive director of both the Vermont Press Association, which represents the interests of the 10 daily and four dozen non-daily newspapers circulating in Vermont. He also serves as the executive director of the Vermont Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. He is currently in his second year as president of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Donoghues work as an educator has extended far beyond the halls of academia to include a 12-year stint as director of interns at the Free Press and doing workshops as far away as Ireland. He is an inaugural inductee into the New England Press Association Hall of Fame in 2000. He also was one of three persons selected for the first class inducted by the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Freedom of Information Coalition into their Hall of Fame in 2003. Donoghue and his wife, Ann Marie, live in South Burlington.

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