Boston University College of Communication to Present 2005 Distinguished Alumni Awards

in College of Communication, News Releases, University Affairs
May 17th, 2005

Contact: Tom Testa, 617/353-2240 |

(Boston) – Washington Post Associate Editor Kevin Merida, New York Times Business Day Columnist Joseph Nocera, and SCOUT Productions Co-Founder and Principal Michael Williams will be presented Distinguished Alumni Awards from Boston University’s College of Communication on Saturday, May 21, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge. Since 1981, the College’s Alumni Association has honored alumni whose professional accomplishments have brought credit to themselves, their community, the College of Communication, and Boston University.

During his 12-year tenure at The Washington Post, Kevin Merida has been a national political writer, a style section feature writer, and a syndicated columnist for The Post Sunday magazine. His extensive coverage of Congressional politics and two presidential campaigns won him national praise. Prior to joining The Washington Post, Merida served as assistant managing editor of foreign and national news for The Dallas Morning News where he covered the first Bush White House and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for team reporting on the world’s hidden wars.

Joseph Nocera joined the The New York Times this past April as a business columnist and a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine specializing in business story. Prior to joining The Times, Nocera spend 10 years at Fortune Magazine, where some of his most acclaimed feature stories included his account of the battle between the plaintiffs’ lawyers and Dow Corning over the silicon breast implants and the story that first exposed the rift in the family that owns the majority stake in Dow Jones. Nocera has won two Gerald Loeb awards and three John Hancock awards for excellence in business journalism.

SCOUT Productions Co-Founder Michael Williams has produced some of the most original content to be seen on television and in theaters. Williams work includes the Academy Award-winning “The Fog of War,” the critically acclaimed “Mr. Death,” and the suspense-thriller “Session 9.” A member of the Directors Guild of America, Williams is also the executive producer of Bravo’s Emmy award winning show “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”

Note to Media: The ceremony is open to the media, and will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139.

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