Kathy Kiely wins 2024 Mel Carnahan Public Service Award

March 22, 2024

University of Missouri Professor Kathy Kiely recently won the 2024 Mel Carnahan Public Service Award for her impact in Missouri through her commitment to public service. The award is given by the Carnahan Policy Institute in honor of former Missouri governor Mel Carnahan.

“Kathy plays a vital role in educating both students and members of the broader community about the importance of journalism in a free society,” said David Kurpius, dean of the Missouri School of Journalism. “From enhancing news literacy in mid-Missouri to supporting journalists in peril worldwide, she truly lives by the ideals of public service that she teaches in the classroom.”

Before joining the School of Journalism, Keily enjoyed a highly successful career as a political reporter, editor, and news director in Washington, D.C. At MU, she has worked to promote news literacy and the cause of a free press in Missouri, nationwide and throughout the world.

“It’s great to see journalism rewarded as the public service that it is,” Kiely said.

In a manner befitting the School of Journalism’s hands-on philosophy — known as the Missouri Method — Kiely has made a point of going beyond teaching ethics and best practices in the classroom, striving to have an immediate, real-world impact on journalists who are facing persecution and oppression around the world.

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