Former OUSPJ president named Outstanding Graduate in Journalism by SPJ

Members of OUSPJ recognize Kate Hiller as a valuable member, dedicated former president and outstanding graduate from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, but it looks  like this reputation goes beyond the brick streets of Athens.

Hiller was on Wednesday named as the 2016 Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists.

“Everywhere she goes, Kate leaves behind good will and quality work,” Nerissa Young, the adviser of OUSPJ, said. “My boss says I bleed SPJ. Kate is the person at the top of a short list who could give me a transfusion.”

Hiller served as the president of OUSPJ during the 2014-15 academic year, when she organized the Region 4 SPJ Conference in March 2015. She currently serves as the student representative to the SPJ’s national board.

“I am honored to receive the Julie Galvan Award,” Hiller said. “SPJ was a major part of my undergraduate career and I have loved serving on the national board this past year. I look forward to staying involved with SPJ and following in Galvan’s footsteps as my career continues.”

At the close of the college year, SPJ accepts nominations for someone who is outstanding in his or her class on the basis of character, community service, scholarship, proficiency in practical journalism and significant contributions to the chapter.

Galvan was the former president of the SPJ San Jose State University Campus Chapter who was killed in a car accident in 1996 while on her way to an internship. The award has been named in her memory.

Hiller graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish in December 2015 and is currently in graduate school at OU studying journalism.

For more on Hiller, check out her website or her Twitter.

Written by Madeleine Peck.

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