For release: October 5, 2010
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The University of Memphis Journalism Alumni Club will honor three individuals at its
annual awards dinner Thursday, Nov. 4, at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn, 3700
Central Ave. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., with the dinner following at 7.
The club will present Jess Bunn and John Koski with the Charles E. Thornton Outstanding
Alumni Award; Candace “Candy” Justice will receive the Herbert Lee Williams Award.
Bunn (BA ’74) is a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of newspaper experience,
beginning as a copy clerk at the Memphis Press-Scimitar. An award-winning headline writer and editor, he worked on the city, state and sports
desks of the Des Moines Register. Bunn was executive metro editor at The Commercial Appeal, which won two Associated Press public service awards during his tenure. A 14-year
employee of FedEx Corp., Bunn serves as manager of financial and corporate communications
in Investor Relations. He is responsible for strategic, external communications targeting
top-tier media, financial analysts and influencers on matters such as financial performance,
securities law, corporate initiatives, governance issues and organizational changes.
Prior to joining Investor Relations, Bunn specialized in media relations and reputation
management. His teams won numerous public relations awards, including the Silver Anvil,
Bronze Anvil and Big Apple. He is a recipient of the prestigious FedEx Five Star Award.
Koski (BA ’88) has served as vice president and general manager of FOX13 WHBQ-TV and
MyFOXMemphis.com since 2000.He began his career as an intern at WHBQ, eventually becoming a member
of the station’s sports team and then moving into promotions and programming. Koski
was a member of the U of M Radio Network broadcast team for seven seasons as scoreboard
show host and sideline commentator. He is a two-time regional Emmy winner, including
one as executive producer of Home for the Holidayswith the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, FOX13 swept the top three regional Emmy
categories. A 2010 graduate of Leadership Memphis, Koski was inducted into Shelby
County Schools Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009.
Justice (MA ’92)began her career in 1973 at the Memphis Press-Scimitar, where she worked as a reporter covering everything from crime to fashion. In 1981
Justice became TV editor and columnist. After the Press-Scimitar folded in 1983, she wrote about television for Scripps-Howard News Service and was
a contributing editor at Satellite Dish magazine. While writing her nationally syndicated newspaper column, Justice freelanced
for magazines, including TV Guide, Redbook, Stereo Review and Memphis Magazine. She also wrote and produced a nationally syndicated radio show, “Reach Out.” Justice
began teaching at the U of M as an adjunct instructor in 1985, and in 1992 became
an assistant professor of journalism and general manager of The Daily Helmsman, the student newspaper. She still holds those positions. Justice has received numerous
awards, including the Olin Morris/New York Times Broadcasting graduate fellowship
in journalism and the 2001 Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award.
The Charles E. Thornton Award is named for a Memphis journalist who was killed while
on assignment in Afghanistan in 1985. The Herbert L. Williams Award is named for the
U of M Journalism Department’s founding chair.
Tickets are $50 per person or $475 for a table of ten. The deadline for reservations is Oct. 29. For reservations or more information, contact Fariss Adams Ivey at 901-678-4373