2016 Judges

Thank you to our outstanding panel of judges for their time and wealth of expertise:

Alison Gerber
Alison Gerber is the editor and director of content of the Chattanooga Times Free Press in Tennessee.

Gary Graham
Gary Graham retired as editor of The Spokesman-Review in September 2016 after a 44-year career as a newspaper reporter and editor. He is a native of Indiana and a journalism graduate of Ball State University.

Joe Hight
Joe Hight is the Edith Kinney Gaylord Endowed Chair of Journalism Ethics at the University of Central Oklahoma and is also a columnist, writer, consultant and an independent bookstore owner. His newspaper career as an editor, director, managing editor or reporter spanned for 35 years. He was editor when The Gazette in Colorado Springs won the Pulitzer Prize winner in National Reporting for its multimedia series “Other Than Honorable.” He was named to the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2013 and was selected as its director in May. He also serves on the advisory boards of Oklahoma Watch, the Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book and the Ball State Communication School. He also writes the weekly “Oklahoma Joe” column for the The Journal Record and owns Best of Books with his wife, Nan, and daughter, Elena.

Summer Moore
Summer Moore is the digital and audience engagement editor at The Times of Northwest Indiana. She is obsessed with the future of journalism and what that will look like. Previously, she was the entertainment and lifestyle editor at The (Canton, Ohio) Repository, the crime and punishment reporter at The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle and an assistant at the Associated Press in New York City.s fan.

Andrew Oppmann
Andrew Oppmann, vice president for marketing and communications at Middle Tennessee State University, is also an adjunct professor of journalism in MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment. In that role, he serves as editor of APME News, the quarterly magazine of the Associated Press Media Editors association. Before MTSU, he spent more than 25 years as a reporter, editor or executive for newspapers in seven states, most recently as president and publisher of Gannett Tennessee’s media groups in Murfreesboro (The Daily News Journal) and Clarksville (The Leaf-Chronicle) and a vice president for The Tennessean in Nashville.

Autumn Phillips
Autumn Phillips is the executive editor of the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa. Her newsroom was recognized this year among Editor & Publisher’s 10 Newspapers that Do It Right. Previously, she served as editor of The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, Illinois, the Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho, and the Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas, where she won the Carmage Walls Commentary Prize for editorials that led to community involvement and new city development standards following a disastrous flood.

Laura Sellers-Earl
Laura Sellers is the managing editor of The Daily Astorian on Oregon’s beautiful North Coast. She’s worked for EO Media Group for almost 25 years in various roles including leading the company’s digital team. Prior to that, she worked for Student Media at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and several other newspapers in Texas. She is the immediate past president of the Associated Press Media Editors and has been on its board every year, except two, since 2001. She and her husband live in Astoria with two pups and three koi ponds.