Pam Johnson, BJ '69, believed in getting the facts right and getting the right facts. Integrity, responsibility, ethics and accountability were all pillars on which she built her career.
Johnson rose to leadership editorial positions with The Kansas City Times, The Kansas City Star, the Phoenix Gazette and the Arizona Republic. She later served on the leadership faculty of the Poynter Institute and was the founding executive director of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute from 2004 until her retirement in 2011.
Honored with the Pulitzer Prize and the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, Johnson also served as president of the Associated Press Managing Editors and was a founding member of Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS).
Johnson is widely respected as a champion of female and minority journalists. This scholarship honors her legacy by providing support to minority students attending the Missouri School of Journalism.