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September 26, 2013

PRSA Announces Recipients of 2013 Individual Achievement Awards

Carmichael Lynch Spong’s Douglas K. Spong, APR, Fellow PRSA to receive PRSA’s 2013 Gold Anvil
NEW YORK (Sept. 26, 2013) — The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announced today the recipients of the Society’s Individual Awards for 2013.  The awards will be presented at the PRSA 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia, Oct. 26 – 29, 2013.
Carmichael Lynch Spong President Douglas K. Spong, APR, Fellow PRSA, will be presented with PRSA’s prestigious Gold Anvil Award for lifetime achievement in public relations. The Gold Anvil is given annually to an individual whose work has significantly advanced the practice and standards of public relations.

Spong has been an active member of PRSA, both locally with the Minnesota Chapter and nationally, since 1984. He joined PRSA’s Counselors Academy in 1986 and earned his accreditation (APR) in 1989. Spong co-chaired the 2011 PRSA International Conference in Orlando, Fla. and served as a member and as chair of the PRSA Honors and Awards Committee. Additionally, he was a member of the president’s task force on certification and the president’s task force on defining the profession.

In addition to the Gold Anvil, the following awards have been announced:
  • Outstanding Educator of the Year Award – Bob “Pritch” Pritchard, APR, Fellow PRSA; Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.) and Faculty Advisor, University of Oklahoma
  • Atlas Award for Lifetime Achievement in International Public Relations – Dean A. Kruckeberg,Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA –  Professor, Department of Communications Studies & Executive Director, The Center for Global Public Relations, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Paul M. Lund Public Service Award – Carol A. Scott, APR, Fellow PRSA –  Owner, Kailo Communications Studio
“The recipients of PRSA’s Individual Awards have made significant contributions throughout their illustrious careers, not only to their organizations, but also to the overarching public relations industry,” said James J. Roop, APR, Fellow PRSA, chair of PRSA’s Honors and Awards Committee. “The selections shouldn’t be a surprise to the coworkers and colleagues who have the privilege of working with these admired professionals on a daily basis.”
In addition to PRSA’s Individual Award recipients, the PRSA Foundation has announced that the Jackson Jackson and Wagner Behavioral Science Prize will be awarded to Bruce K. Berger, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Advertising & Public Relations, University of Alabama.
One of the largest and foremost events for public relations and communications professionals, the PRSA International Conference offers professional development sessions led by experts in a variety of public relations disciplines. Attendees get practical, actionable takeaways they can put to use immediately; the latest thinking on communication trends, strategies and best practices; a chance to meet and learn from the brightest minds in public relations; and the opportunity to network and build meaningful professional relationships.
For more information or to register for the PRSA 2013 International Conference, “One World: Connection, Community, Collaboration,” visit
About the Public Relations Society of America
PRSA is the largest professional organization serving the U.S. public relations community. With a mission to “advance the profession and the professional,” PRSA provides news and information, thought leadership, continuing education and networking opportunities; sets standards of professional excellence and ethical conduct; and advocates for the business value of public relations and greater diversity among public relations professionals. Based in New York, PRSA comprises 112 local Chapters; 14 Professional Interest Sections that focus on specific industries and practice areas; and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), which is active at more than 320 colleges and universities.
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