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Alumni Achievement Award

2013 John Kelly (’84)
Washington Post Columnist

John KellySince 2004, "John Kelly’s Washington" has been shining the light on Washington's less-famous side, celebrating its citizens, bemoaning its irritations and ferreting out quirky bits of local history. John joined The Washington Post in 1989, when he was hired as deputy editor of the Weekend section. In 2000, he founded KidsPost, a daily page that explains world events to 8- to 12-year-olds. Four years later, John became the third writer since 1947 to pen the newspaper's daily human-interest column. He has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. He has twice won first place in the "Local Column: Feature or Humor" category of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association awards. In 2012, John's Monkees cover band, the Stepping Stones, placed first in Journopalooza, a battle of media musical groups in D.C.


Past Alumni Achievement Award Winners:

  • 2012 Domonique Foxworth (’04), Former NFL Cornerback, Philanthropist, & President of the NFL Players Association
  • 2011 Donald A. Ritchie (M.A. ’69, Ph.D. ’75), U.S. Senate Historian
  • 2009 David Baggett (’92), Software Developer and Entrepreneur
  • 2008 Yuriko Yamaguchi (M.F.A. '79), Artist
  • 2007 Harlan F. Weisman, M.D. ('75), Chief science and technology officer, Johnson & Johnson
  • 2006 George P. Pelecanos (’80), Writer, Story Editor, and Producer, HBO Films
  • 2004 Gail Berman-Masters (’78), Former Broadway Producer and Television and Film Executive
  • 2003 Donald Miller (Ph.D. ’72), Author of City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America
  • 2002 Maria Otero (’72, M.A. ’74), President and CEO, ACCION International
  • 2001 Brent F. Blackwelder (Ph.D. ’75), President, Friends of the Earth