MIPA History

Missouri Interscholastic Press Association has been an integral part of scholastic journalism for decades. Learn more about this unique organization.

MIPA Executive Directors Here is a list of MIPA executive directors:

  • T. C. Morelock (1931)
  • H.R. Long (1944-45)
  • T.C. Morlock (1946-47 )
  • H.R. Long (1947-1949)
  • Dean Earl F. English (1949-53)
  • Dr. James Markham (1953)
  • Dr. Granville Prince (1953-54)
  • Dr. Otha C. Spencer (1954-55)
  • N.S. Patterson (1955-59)
  • Ken Starck (1959-61)
  • Dr. Bryce W. Rucker (1961-63)
  • Leon W. Lindsey (1963-65)
  • Dr. Robert P. Knight (1966-92)
  • Doris Barnhart, Interim Director (1992-93)
  • Dr. Ann Brill (1993-95)
  • Anna M. Romero (1996-present)

E.W. Tucker Lecture The Annual E. W. Tucker Lecture
 takes place during the High School Journalism Awards Day
, which is sponsored by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association and takes place at the 
Missouri School of Journalism
 on University of Missouri – Columbia campus.

  • 1973 – Senator Thomas Eagleton (D-Mo.).  “The News Source Protection Act.”
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1974 – Harvey Jacobs, editor, The Indianapolis (IN) News.  He had been active in support of scholastic journalism, especially in his previous role as chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at News Mexico State University, Las Cruces, and had received the Carl Towley Award, highest honor of the Journalism Education Association.  “What Scholastic Journalism Can Learn From the Indianapolis News and Vice Versa.”
  • 1975 – Dr. DeWitt C. Reddick, former director of the School of Communications at the University of Texas-Austin, and founder of the Texas Interscholastic League Press Conference (University of Missouri Ph.D. in Journalism, 1941).  “#P’s in Journalism’s Pad, or, a Few Challenges for Tomorrow’s Newswriters.”
  • 1976  – Sherry Ricchiardi, prize-winning reporter for The Des Moines (IA) Register and former MIPA assistant when a graduate student in education at MU.  She received the Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1986. “Covering Sensitive Issues in the ‘Real World.’”
  • 1977 – William D. Downs, Jr.,  executive secretary of the Arkansas High School Press Association and chair of the Journalism Department at Ouchita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR.  UMC Ph.D. in Journalism. “Student Publications: Good, Better, Best.”
  • 1978 – Ron Clemons, Truman High School, Independence, MO.  1977 Dow Jones Newspaper Fund National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year (and later national president of the Journalism EducationAssociation).  UMC MA in Journalism, 1963.  “Excellence Is the Way.”
  • 1979 – H.L. Hall, Kirkwood (MO) High School, 1973 Missouri Journalism Teacher of the Year (and later in 1982 Dow Jones Newspaper Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year, 1979 Missouri Teacher of the Year,National secretary and president of Journalism Education Association). “Anybody Out There Listening?”
  • 1980 – Dr. Robert P. Knight, director of the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association from 1965 – 1992 and professor in the MU School of Journalism.  “A Personal Statement After 15 Years at UMC: America Longs for World Class Journalism.”  (Note: Dr. Knight died February 1992)
  • 1981 – Dr. William H. Taft, associate dean for graduate studies, UMC School of Journalism and longtime yearbook judge and supporter for MIPA. (Note:  Dr. Taft retired October 1977) 1982 – Wayne Brasler, University of Chicago Lab School and 1981 Dow Jones National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year.  UMC BJ, 1962.
  • 1983 – E.W. Tucker, founder of the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association. “MIPA at 60: An Area, State and National Partnership.”  (Note: At the conclusion of his lecture, Mr. Tucker donated $100 to help a student attend MIPA’s Summer Media Workshop.) ( Note #2: At his death, MIPA Inherited $10,000 for the advancement of the E.W. Tucker Lecture on J-Day.)
  • 1984 – Steve Weinberg, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., based at the MU School of Journalism and a person who Began his career as a journalism reporter for the Highland Park (IL) High School Shoreline.  “The Three Most Important Things a Young Journalist Should Know.”  UMC BJ, 1970; MA, 1974. 1985 – George Pica, director of the 25-year-old Penney-Missouri Journalism Awards Program at the MU School of Journalism and a prize-winning Editor for 10 years.  “The Relevance of Relevance.”
  • 1986 – Nancy Ruth Patterson, administrator of CITY School, a special “storefront”-type school in Roanoke, VA, a city in which she had become known as one of the best yearbook advisers in the country.  Also an officer of the Columbia Scholastic Press Advisers Association at Columbia University and head of Ball State University Workshop yearbook Section in Indiana.  “The Enduring Values of Scholastic Journalism.”
  • 1987 – Dr. Jack Dvorak, Associate Professor of the High School Journalism Institute, Indiana University School of Journalism, Bloomington, IN. “Scholastic Journalism: The Road Not Taken.”
  • 1988 – Richard P. Johns, Quill and Scroll Society, University of Iowa “Excellence After Hazelwood”
  • 1989 – Molly Clemons, Administrator, Truman High School “On Being Sensitive.”
  • 1990 – Linda Putney, Executive Director, Journalism Education Association (former high school journalism teacher in Missouri) “The Best Yet”
  • 1991 – George Curry, New York Times “The Challenge of High School Journalists”
  • 1992 – Mark Goodman, Executive Director, Student Press Law Center Washington, DC  “Celebrating the Bicentennial of the First Amendment Through Scholastic Journalism”
  • 1993 – Elizabeth Lockhart, Sales and Service Representative, Walsworth Publishing Co., 1979 Missouri Journalism Teacher of the Year, previous Adviser at Central High School, Cape Girardeau.  “It’s Your Turn Now”
  • 1994 – Byron Calame, Deputy Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal “From the High School Newspaper to the Electronic Newspaper”
  • 1995 – Katherine Lanpher, columnist, St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch
  • 1996 – Jack Kennedy, 1994 National Journalism Teacher of the Year
  • 1997 – Larry Moore, News Anchor, KMBC-TV, Kansas City
  • 1998 – Gregory Freeman, Columnist, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • 1999 – Dr. William H. Taft (his second time to be keynote speaker), Professor Emeritus, MU
  • 2000 – Lisa Frazier, The Washington Post
  • 2001 – Jacqi Banaszynski, Knight Chair in Journalism and ME /Sunday & Senior Story Editor, The Seattle Times
  • 2002 – Bev Chapman, KMBC9 News, Kansas City
  • 2003 – Lee Hill Kavanaugh, Reporter, Kansas City Star
  • 2004 – J.B. Forbes, Photographer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • 2005 – Dave Helling, KCTV5, Kansas City
  • 2006 – Jennifer Reeves, KOMU-TV NBC8, Columbia, MO
  • 2007 – Roger F. Fidler, Director of Technology Initiates, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
  • …..
  • 2014 – John Beaudoin, president of KC Communication & Media Matters

MIPA Newsletter Even early in MIPA’s history, the organization has helped its members by offering connectivity and community through a newsletter. Here is a brief history of the manifestations of that newsletter:

1931-1946: The MIPA Editor (publications between 1931 and 1946 are missing)

  • T.C. Morelock, 1931, editor

1944
-October 1950: Monthly Service Letter

  • 1946-47—
Jenny Bennett, editor
  • 1948
—Lyman S. McKean, editor
  • 1949—
Don Tourtelot, editor

1950-until April 1953: Bulletin

  • 1950
—Edward F. Owen, editor
  • 1950-53—
Joann Bell, editor

1953
-until April 1960: MIPA Newsletter

  • 1953—
Tom W. Campbell, editor
  • 1954
—Charles Runyon, editor
  • 1957—
Martie Oder, editor
  • 1959, 1960—
Ken Starck, editor

1960-
until October 1971: MIPA News

  • 1960
—Ken Starck
  • 1961-62—
Amy Bolton (Dr. Bryce W. Rucker)
  • 1962-63
—Mary Lu Dickey (Dr. Rucker)
  • 1963-64
—Johnny Malone (leon W. Lindsay)
  • 1964-65—
Alice Samuels (Leon W. Lindsay)
  • 1966
—Arnold Porsch; Harvey Saalberg (Dr. Robert P. Knight)
  • 1967—
Mike O’Brien; Jim Shaner
  • 1969—Jim Holberg
  • 1970—Joe Macey & John Geldmacher

1971-2008: MIPA News-gram

  • 1971—
Robert Elliott; Robin Silberman
  • 1972-75—Robin Silberman; Jim Gregory
  • 1978—Veita Jo Hampton (former H.S. teacher at St. Charles High School)
  • 1981—John Gravois
  • 1981-1983—
 in August 1981 Dan Morris became editor and stayed until 1983
  • 1983—Mark D. Grimm
  • 1984—
Kevin Goodman
  • 1985—
Steve Visser
  • 1987-91—
Steve Gutierrez
  • 1991-92—
Jani Benson
  • 1992-93—
Matt Reavey
  • 1993-1996—
The notebook containing the News-grams from 1993 – May 1996  disappeared.
  • 1996-97—Cliff White
  • 1998-2000—Robin Stover, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia
  • 2001—
Marci Pieper
  • 2002—Marc Russell/Karla Thompson
  • 2003-05—
Aaron Manfull, Francis Howell North High School
  • 2006-2008—
Christina Geabhart, Oak Park High School

2014- present: Thursday’s Tips

  • 2014-2016- Michelle Turner, Washington High School
  • 2016- present – Michelle Turner, Washington High School and Donald Johnson, Webster Groves High School