Rem Rieder, editor at large and media columnist for USA Today, was the keynote speaker Thursday, Nov. 5, for the 55th annual Mark Hellinger Awards ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Named for the late Broadway columnist and film producer, the ceremony honors top students and distinguished graduates in St. Bonaventure University’s Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The honorees included Emily Steves, ’15, Mark Hellinger Award recipient; Matthew Tack, ’15, Mark Hellinger Award runner-up; Joseph Pinter, ’15, Buffalo News Entrepreneurial Reporting Award; and William Holzerland, Esq., ’02, Journalism and Mass Communication Alumnus of the Year.
Steves, originally from Collins, serves as a communications specialist at Corning Inc. in Corning, N.Y., with a specific focus on the company’s Global Energy Management program.
Before completing her course work in December 2014, Steves ran on the women’s cross-country team for two seasons, interned in the university’s Office of Communications, worked in the Jandoli School’s dean’s office, created monthly newsletters for the First-Year Experience program and served as vice president/chief designer for the student-run advertising agency Kwerkworks.
In 2013, Steves was named St. Bonaventure’s 10th Jim Murray Memorial Foundation Scholar. Her brother Jordan won the 2009 Hellinger Award.
Steves spent her last semester at St. Bonaventure doing an independent study with Dean Pauline Hoffmann in which she set up and managed the school’s social media platforms.
Born in South Dakota at Elsworth Air Force Base, Tack studied abroad in Northern Ireland in the fall of 2013 and interned at Initiative LA under Hyundai/Kia’s Digital Strategy team in the summer of 2014.
Tack is back with Initiative in its Manhattan office, working in Advertising-Media Strategy for Ameriprise Financial & Columbia.
An Angola native, Pinter also majored in history and now works as a graduate assistant in the Jandoli School as he pursues his master’s degree in SBU’s School of Education.
Pinter’s career interests are news writing, broadcasting and teaching. He has been the co-editor-in-chief of The Intrepid, an online campus news medium, and a reporter for SBU-TV News. He is a 2014 Jim Murray Memorial Foundation Scholar.
Holzerland serves as director of the Division of Information Disclosure for the Food & Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). As director, he leads a division responsible for ensuring CDRH implementation of transparency laws, including the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Federal Records Act.
In July 2012, Holzerland was with the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Previously, he held several posts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), joining the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in 2003 and serving in the DHS Office of Inspector General, Office of Counsel.
Holzerland’s last DHS post was as associate director, Disclosure Policy & FOIA Program Development, in the DHS Privacy Office from 2006 to 2011. In that position, he focused on developing and implementing DHS FOIA and Privacy Act policy and served as the first DHS FOIA Public Liaison.
A Buffalo native, he holds degrees in journalism and mass communication and history from St. Bonaventure and a law degree from the University of Baltimore School Of Law.
Before joining USA Today in July 2013, Rieder spent more than 20 years as editor and senior vice president at American Journalism Review, a national magazine based at the University of Maryland. He wrote frequent columns on media issues for the magazine’s website. Rieder also wrote a weekly column about the media for USA Today during his final seven months at AJR.
Rieder has held senior editing positions at a number of major newspapers, including The Washington Post (deputy metropolitan editor), Miami Herald (national editor and city editor) and Milwaukee Journal (assistant managing editor/news). He has served as executive editor of States News Service in Washington, D.C.; managing editor of the Trenton Times in New Jersey; reporter, Washington correspondent and deputy metro editor at the Philadelphia Bulletin; and reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Rieder has taught media industry reporting, journalism ethics, magazine editing and production and advanced public affairs reporting at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. A Philadelphia native, he is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in Washington, D.C.
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