Stuttering Foundation Announces 2006 Journalism Award Winners

Media Awards Celebrate 15th Year

May 09, 2006, 01:00 ET from The Stuttering Foundation

    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.
     Category: Magazine
     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
     Category: Columnists
     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.
     Category: Television
     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
     More than 3 million Americans stutter. For myths about stuttering,
 click here:

SOURCE The Stuttering Foundation