Points of Pride

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.

Kathy Best
Kathy Best Editor, Missoulian

Today, hundreds of graduates of the PAR program 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, editor of the Missoulian, and Deborah Singer Peterson, now retired after a 33-year career as reporter, columnist and editorial board member of theĀ 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.