Kathleen Carroll, executive editor of the Associated Press, is presented with the Carr Van Anda Award by E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Director Bob Stewart on Sept. 30, 2013, at Ohio University. Carroll is the 74th recipient of the award. / Photos by Arielle Berger
AP Exec Editor Kathleen Carroll wins OHIO JSchool’s Carr Van Anda AwardBy Kerry Tuttle
ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 2, 2013)—The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism bestowed its highest honor—the Carr Van Anda Award—on Kathleen Carroll, executive editor for the Associated Press, on Monday, Sept. 30. Carroll spoke about today’s changing world of journalism to a large crowd in Baker Center Theater.
Scripps Howard Visiting Professional Andy Alexander introduced Carroll and applauded her success in running the world’s largest independent news agency, as well as overseeing a “breathtaking” restructuring of the AP to make it “more nimble and more diverse in terms of coverage.” Alexander described Carroll as “absolutely solid as a journalist,” but cited her fantastic managerial skills and her knowledge of not only how we do journalism, but why we do it, as the two things that define her as a step above the rest.
Carroll, the 74th recipient of the award, opened her speech by saying, “We must make journalism better. We must drill down on accuracy and speed and clarity. We must organize ourselves so we can attack a story and gather questions from our audiences and answer them.”
In order to continue to better the field of journalism, Carroll believes that the ability to break the news through investigative and accountability journalism is just as important as effectively covering breaking news.
“Accountability journalism is fulfilling our watchdog role,” she said. “That shouldn’t be something special. Accountability journalism should be something we do every day on every beat in every location in every format. We have to find those stories that spring from our curiosity, your curiosity and the curiosity of a reader.”
Junior journalism major Ben Clos who attended the lecture and award presentation said, “Hearing Kathleen Carroll was such a treat because she is part of such a well-known and noble news source. She’s the definition of what journalism should be because she knows what is important in the industry. I’m so thankful that Scripps brings leading journalists to speak to us because I would have never had the pleasure to hear from them otherwise.”
The Carr Van Anda Award is named for the former managing editor of the New York Times, who studied at Ohio University beginning in 1880.
“Like Carr Van Anda, Kathleen Carroll is a superb manager. Journalists around the world want to work for Kathleen,” Alexander said.
The lecture was followed by a reception.