The Tom and Pat Gish Award honors courage, integrity and tenacity in rural journalism; nominate someone!

We seek nominations that measure up, at least in major respects, to the records of previous winners. Nominators should send detailed letters to Director Al Cross at the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, explaining how their nominees show the kind of exemplary courage, tenacity and integrity that the Gishes demonstrated in their rigorous pursuit of rural journalism. Documentation does not have to accompany the nomination, but is helpful in choosing finalists, and additional documentation may be requested or required.

Nominations for the 2019 award should be made by March 1, 2019.
Letters should be emailed to al.cross@uky.edu or mailed to:

Al Cross, Director
Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40506-0042

For more information, contact Cross at 859-257-3744.

Previous Gish Award winners

2017: Cullen family of the Storm Lake Times, Iowa

2016: Ivan Foley of the Platte County Landmark, Missouri

2015: Trapp family of the Rio Grande Sun, New Mexico

2014: Landon Wills of the McLean County News, Kentucky (posthumous)

2013: No award

2012: Jonathan and Susan Austin, Yancey County News, North Carolina

2011: Stanley Nelson and the Concordia Sentinel, Louisiana

2010: Samantha Swindler, Corbin Times-Tribune, Kentucky

2008: the Neshoba Democrat of Mississippi

2007: Ezzell family of The Canadian Record, Texas

2005: Tom and Pat Gish, The Mountain Eagle, Kentucky

Institute for Rural Journalism & Community Issues
School of Journalism and Telecommunications, College of Communications & Information Studies
122 Grehan Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY 40506-0042
Phone 859-257-3744 - Fax 859-323-3168

Al Cross, director al.cross@uky.edu