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Hall of Fame and Distinguished Service Award Program

Celebrate influential individuals in our industry Wednesday, May 25, 2016

MDDC will celebrate the lifetime achievements of Ed Waters, Jr, of the Frederick News-Post as he is inducted into the MDDC Hall of Fame.  We will also present our Distinguished Service Award to Karen Acton and welcome our 2016 summer intern class to the association, all on Wednesday, May 25th at Knight Hall, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park.

Please help us honor these amazing individuals!  Tickets are on sale now, and there are sponsorship opportunities available.

Ed Waters, Jr. has been a key figure at the Frederick News-Post, where he spent his 50-year career.  Ed has worked as a pressman, reporter and photographer and is a fixture in Frederick.

(Deb asked to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017, due to a scheduling conflict.)
Deb Cornely
 spent nearly her entire newspaper career at the Dundalk Eagle.  The second of eleven children of Kimbel and Mary Oelke, who founded the publication in 1969, Deb started in advertising sales at the Community Press in 1968, moving to the family business the following year.  Deb was an anchor in the Dundalk community and instrumental in the success of the Dundalk Eagle. (Celebrating Deb's achievement at next year's Hall of Fame induction.)

Waters will join 70 individuals who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1947.  The full listing of Hall of Fame recipients is here

Karen Acton is a former publisher of the Gazette Newspapers.  She served on the MDDC board for many years, and guided the organization as president in 2006.  She is currently the chief financial officer at the United States Conference of Bishops.

Acton joins 11 individuals who have received the award since its inception in 2004.  The full listing of Distinguished Service Award honorees is here.

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