MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Stuttering Foundation has
announced its 2006 Awards for Excellence in news reporting. Each winning
entry successfully enhanced public understanding of this complex speech
disorder during the past year.
"Journalists in a variety of media have done an outstanding job of
focusing on the causes and treatment of stuttering over the past year,"
said Jane Fraser, president of the 59-year-old nonprofit foundation. "We
were particularly pleased this year to see increased focus on stuttering in
the workplace, an area that's previously not received much attention.
Five distinguished journalists are honored for their outstanding
contributions. They are:
Category: Daily Newspapers
First Place: T. Grant Fitch, Post-Tribune, Merrillville, Ind. "Saving
stutterers" provided readers with timely information that parents can use
to help their children overcome stuttering, including taking advantage of
resources offered by their local schools.
First Place: Dorothy P. Dougherty, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent
Medicine. Dougherty gives readers the tools they need to identify
stuttering in young children and offers useful advice on how to improve
First Place: Mildred L. Culp, Workwise. In her inspirational column,
Dr. Culp explains how people who stutter can make it in the workplace.
Second Place: Joyce Lain Kennedy, Careers Now. Kennedy helps a reader
who stutters prepare for a job interview.
First Place: Janelle Wolfe, Comcast Tonight, Reading, Pa. This lively
segment features speech-language pathologist Joseph Donaher of Children's
Hospital of Philadelphia and the DVD, Stuttering: For Kids, By Kids.
Donaher and Wolfe share timely resources for children who stutter.
The awards are being announced during National Stuttering Awareness
Week, May 8-14. 20/20's John Stossel leads this year's awareness campaign.
Among other famous people who stutter are actor James Earl Jones, Buffy
star Nicholas Brendon, sports commentator Bill Walton, and basketball star
Kenyon Martin. A complete list of famous people who stutter can be found at
The Stuttering Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Memphis,
Tenn., that has worked toward the prevention and improved treatment of
stuttering since 1947. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-992-9392
or visit www.stutteringhelp.org.
More than 3 million Americans stutter. For myths about stuttering,
SOURCE The Stuttering Foundation