The United Media Guild has honored St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Joel Currier with the Terry Hughes Award for outstanding journalism in 2016.
Currier received the award, judged by past winners, at UMG’s Local meeting and awards ceremony Feb. 2 at Lombardo’s restaurant in St. Louis.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Michelle Munz, the Hughes award winner in 2015, cited several stories Currier reported for the Post-Dispatch during the presentation. In particular, his story about an innocent woman incarcerated for one year awaiting trial for a murder she did not commit was a compelling example of how journalists can shed light on the plight of society’s underdogs.
GUILDER OF THE YEAR
Also at the dinner, the UMG honored State Journal-Register reporter Jason Nevel with its Guilder of the Year Award. Nevel, vice chair of UMG’s Springfield, IL unit, has played an instrumental role in the three-year fight for a first contract at that newspaper.
Nevel has assisted Unit Chair Dean Olsen and Business Representative Shannon Duffy in contract negotiations and helped drive UMG’s internal and external mobilization. He has donated hundreds of hours to the UMG’s campaign at the expense of time with his young family.
Nevel loves journalism and he believes in the SJ-R’s vital role in the greater Springfield community. He is helping lead the fight against GateHouse Media, the asset-stripping manager of the SJ-R and four other papers the UMG represents in Illinois — The Peoria Journal Star, Rockford Register Star, Freeport Journal Standard and the Pekin Daily Times.
Also honored at the UMG event were Post-Dispatch advertising representative John DuBois as Steward of the Year, the Mid-South Organizing Committee for the Solidarity Award and Local president Jeff Gordon as Activist of the Year.
– United Media Guild