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‘Texas Country Reporter’ host to speak at luncheon

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By Britney Tabor / Staff Writer

Event honors coverage of those with disabilities

Media professionals and students responsible for reporting on people with disabilities will be honored for their work at the 31st Barbara Jordan Media Awards Luncheon on Thursday at the University of North Texas’ Apogee Stadium.

The award is named for the late Barbara Jordan, a U.S. congresswoman, orator and Houston native who in 1973 was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It recognizes individuals for producing content in several categories including print, TV, radio, photojournalism, Internet and special contribution by an organization relating to accurate and positive reports of individuals with disabilities.

Doors for the luncheon will open at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and the program beginning at noon. Serving as keynote speaker for the event is Bob Phillips of Texas Country Reporter.

The event is a partnership of the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, UNT’s Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, Institutional Equity and Diversity and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

“It’s an opportunity to recognize and applaud and raise awareness with regard to disability issues,” said Dorothy Bland, dean of the Mayborn School. “[Jordan] was a champion in the political arena, a great orator and a great professor.

“It’s significant for our school because it demonstrates that we care about media and we’re also passionate about diversity.”

Among this year’s honorees are Phillips; Sarah Mervosh of The Dallas Morning News; Adam Winkler of Austin’s KEYE-TV; Tina Phan, Ralph Barrera and Omar Gallaga of the Austin American-Statesman; Matt Largey of Austin’s KUT-FM (90.5); the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities in Austin; high school student Nikki Lyssy of Westlake High School in Austin; and college student Chelsea Henderson of UPbeat, a magazine published at Lamar University in Beaumont.

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