The School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC) announces that Audra D.S. Burch is the 2011 recipient of the Thelma Thurston Gorham Distinguished Alumnus Award.
The award will be
presented to Burch at the school’s annual Grads are Back Luncheon,
Thursday, Oct. 6 at 12:30 p.m. in the SJGC Gallery.
is an award-winning and enterprise writer for the Miami Herald. She
has been nominated three times for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize and
she was part of a team that published a book on hurricanes.
are so proud of Audra’s professional accomplishments,” James Hawkins,
SJGC dean, said. “Anyone who knows Audra knows her commitment to
The 1988 graduate currently
writes on a range of stories for the Miami Herald. Most recently, she
covered the Casey Anthony murder trial and wrote stories on prescriptive
drug abuse in Florida.
Burch launched her career at the
Post Tribune in Gary, Ind. There she covered police, county government
and legal affairs. She then joined the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale
and was on a two-person team that won several national awards for a
series exposing menu fraud at South Florida restaurants.
Thelma Thurston Gorham Distinguished Alumnus Award bears the name of
FAMU’s first instructor of journalism—Thelma Gorham,” Hawkins said.
“The award is given to an alumnus who has excelled professionally and
demonstrated a commitment to giving back to the University.”
is a former deputy regional director of the National Association of
Black Journalists Association. She chaired the NABJ Region IV
conference in 1999 and she is a former president of the Palm Beach
chapter. Over the years, she has mentored numerous aspiring journalists
and has served as a teacher/coach at several FAMU summer journalism