Alumni National Awards

J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication
Award Recipients

GardnerCommunicator of the Year Award
Marilynn Kelly Gardner, Jour ’88


As president and CEO of Navy Pier, Marilynn (Kelly) Gardner is on the ride of a lifetime and soaring as high as the new Centennial Wheel. Read more.

AllenBy-line Award
Elizabeth A. Allen, Jour ’73

Erie, Pa.

A longtime columnist, reporter and editor for her hometown newspaper, the Erie Times-News, Elizabeth Allen thrived in a career where she could balance her devotion to her family with her dedication to crafting stories. Read more.

StockhausenProfessional Achievement Award
Adam J. Stockhausen, Comm ’95

Brooklyn, N.Y.

From Marquette Theatre to partnerships with celebrated film directors such as Steven Spielberg and Wes Anderson, production designer Adam Stockhausen has blazed the trails of the film world. He’s led the selection of locations and creation of sets for productions such as 12 Years A Slave and Moonrise Kingdom, and won an Academy Award for Best Production Design for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Read more.

AnichiniYoung Alumna of the Year Award
Heather Young Anichini, Comm ’99


As CEO of The Chicago Public Education Fund, Heather Young Anichini thinks the best part of her job is helping great educators change lives. Read more.


DaleyJames T. Tiedge Memorial Award
Kelly J. Daley, Sp ’79

Shorewood, Wis.

A skilled writer, producer, director and interviewer who has produced shows and programs for television networks and corporate clients, what Kelly Daley loves most about his work is the opportunity to tell stories. Read more.