RESULTS gives the Cameron Duncan award annually to a journalist who demonstrates outstanding reporting on issues related to poverty. The award is named in honor of Cameron Duncan, a former associate executive director of RESULTS who devoted his life to fighting poverty.
Willie Dickerson is a prolific citizen journalist with published media pieces into the thousands. Willie gets published in dozens of different outlets – overlooking no opportunity to write. When it comes to an issue like the Global Fund or Gavi that doesn’t regularly make headlines, Willie may be the single most published writer in the country, if not in the world. Willie has also inspired many others to try letter to the editor writing and go out of their comfort zones.
Rosemary O’Hara, editorial page editor of the Sun Sentinel, has worked at several newspapers, including the Miami Herald, Cincinnati Enquirer and Tampa Tribune, where she also was editorial page editor. She is a director of Association of Opinion Journalists and a four-time juror of the Pulitzer Prizes. “We are thrilled to present Rosemary with this award,” said RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter. “She writes with heart, grit, and urgency.”
Jerry Large writes a column that appears each Monday and Thursday in the Local section of The Seattle Times. A New Mexico native, he has worked for newspapers in four states doing everything from emptying trash cans after school to supervising reporters. He is fascinated with human behavior. Journalism gives him a chance to explore how people interact in societies and it allows him to exercise his other pleasure, writing. His column is the latest phase of a 35-year career at The Seattle Times.
Tim Nickens is the editor of editorials at the Tampa Bay Times. He grew up in Jeffersonville, Ind., and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University in 1982. After a year at the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, he joined the Times as a reporter in 1983. He worked for the Miami Herald from 1990-1995 before returning to the Times. He was an editorial writer, political editor and assistant managing editor/metro before rejoining the editorial board in December 2004. He became editor of editorials in September 2008.
John Breunig is editorial page editor and former editor of The (Stamford) Advocate and Greenwich Time newspapers in Connecticut. Breunig has written about how his county copes with the widest income gap in the nation, and works annually on his papers’ campaign to assist struggling families. He was a runner-up in 2014’s National Society of Newspaper Columnists contest, and has won several awards for 9/11 coverage. His work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Week and San Francisco Chronicle.
As Editorial Page Editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican, Inez Russell Gomez has helped bring much-needed attention to the fight against poverty in Santa Fe and throughout the country. At a time when many traditional newspapers are cutting back, Inez has remained committed to covering the issues that matter most in the fight against poverty in this country, ranging from early childhood education to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to the minimum wage.
Greg Kaufmann is a Nation contributor covering poverty in America, primarily through his blog, This Week in Poverty. Through his writing he has helped increase media coverage of poverty, share new research, elevate the voices of people living in poverty and offer readers opportunities to get involved with organizations working to eradicate poverty. Melissa Harris-Perry calls Greg “one of the most consistent voices on poverty in America.”
Over the years, Jeff Gerritt developed a strong relationship with many of RESULTS Detroit volunteers and wrote on critical issues often overlooked. In February 2012, in support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Mr. Gerritt wrote, “The thought of hundreds of millions of people dying from preventable diseases should force this administration and other nations to act.”
Through his writing in Deseret News, Jay Evensen brought much- needed attention to the issue of microfinance — the act of giving extremely small loans to small business owners in developing or poor countries to lift them out of poverty. Evensen’s editorials, particularly about the work of Dr. Muhammad Yunus of the Grameen Bank, helped move microfinance to the forefront of the economic discussion.
Andie Dominick has a proven track record of highlighting poverty issues in the U.S., particularly health care, in her editorials. Before and during the health care debate, she wrote strong editorials in support of a national health program. Once it became clear that the Medicare for All option was off the table, Andie pushed lawmakers to pass the strongest possible reform bill.
For nearly 20 years, the Times of Trenton has worked in partnership with RESULTS/REF activists in New Jersey to highlight issues related to ending poverty and suffering. Diana Lee Groden, Opinions Editor, accepted the award for the Times of Trenton
Brenda Wilson is an award-winning correspondent and editor for National Public Radio. For more than a decade, she has reported on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, other infectious diseases, and public health issues. She has traveled throughout Africa and India interviewing people from all walks of life, including heads of state, international health experts, and development specialists.
Joe Copeland, editorial writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, accepted the award for the papers outstanding reporting of issues related to poverty, both in the U.S. and globally. Joe Copeland (center) is pictured with former RESULTS/REF Executive Director Chris Naylor (left) and RESULTS Seattle group leader Bob Dickerson.
David Averill has written high-caliber editorials on key RESULTS issues, both domestic and global, including the harm caused by cutting federal programs, the need to fund the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and tuberculosis. He is pictured with Scott Swearingen, RESULTS Tulsa group leader and former RESULTS/REF board member.