Cheryl Pell, who spent 25 years as MIPA’s executive director before retiring last year, is being honored by the Journalism Education Association with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Pell will be recognized during the fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention on Nov. 16 in Boston.
Pell has received numerous honors for her work, including the National Scholastic Press Association Pioneer Award, AEJMC Scholastic Journalism Teacher of the Year, Journalism Education Association’s Medal of Merit, Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s James F. Paschal Award and MIPA’s John V. Field Award. In 2007, she was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.
In May 2012, Pell presented the Scholastic Journalism Division Honors Lecture at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s annual convention in Chicago. Pell’s speech, “Of Being Tired, But Mostly Inspired,” highlighted the challenges facing scholastic journalism – but also showcased innovations that are moving scholastic press forward and making journalism an essential part of school curriculum. Watch the speech
Before joining MIPA, Pell spent more than 11 years as a high school teacher, including as the adviser of a student newspaper. She continues to teach in the Michigan State University School of Journalism.