Somewhere near you, a graduate of our renowned Public Affairs Reporting program at UIS is informing your community about important issues like school finance and health care, environmental concerns and ethics reform.
Today, more than 500 graduates of the PAR department work at the nation’s newspapers, television and radio stations, press agencies, and related communication careers. Our graduates number a host of award-winning journalists, including Pulitzer Prize winners Kathy Best, managing editor of The Seattle Times, and Deb Singer Peterson, a member of the editorial board of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. While PAR alums have earned numerous other awards, particularly noteworthy is their success in the national reporting/writing contest for excellence in state government coverage sponsored by Capitolbeat, the Association of State Capitol Reporters and Editors. In the 10-year history of the Capitolbeat awards – among the most prestigious honors for Statehouse reporters – PAR alums have won 67 awards, including 21 firsts and the organization’s most prestigious honor, the John Aubuchon Freedom of Information Award.