Betsy Pollard Rau, who spent 18 years running the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association Summer Journalism Workshop, will become the fourth scholastic journalism adviser inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.
Rau, who will be honored April 21 at the 2013 Hall of Fame induction dinner, joins retired advisers Bob Button, Gloria Olman and Larry Mack in the state Hall of Fame.
Rau, who was the journalism teacher at H.H. Dow High School in Midland from 1997-2008, has been honored at the state and national levels for her journalism education work. She received the Journalism Education Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, was named a Dow Jones Distinguished Adviser in 2003 and received the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pioneer Award in 2001. In 2012, MIPA honored Rau with the John V. Field Award. Rau served on MIPA’s board from 1981-2011.
She continues to teach as an adviser for Central Michigan University’s Grand Central Magazine and an adjunct instructor at Michigan State University teaching journalism educators.
Other 2013 Hall of Fame inductees include alternative weekly editor W. Kim Heron, investigative journalist Nancy McCauley, publisher and editor-in-chief Osama Siblani and photojournalist Hugh Grannum.
The Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be honored at the Hall of Fame banquet on April 21, beginning with a 5 p.m. reception. Dinner and the induction ceremony will follow at 6 p.m. The deadline for reservations is April 8. To order tickets, contact Margie Anderson, School of Journalism, Michigan State University, at 517-353-6430 or email [email protected]. Tickets are $75 per person.