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Journalism Alumni Club Will Bestow Honors at Nov. 4 Dinner University News
For release: October 5, 2010

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The University of Memphis Journalism Alumni Club will honor three individuals at its annual awards dinner Thursday, Nov. 4, at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn, 3700 Central Ave. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., with the dinner following at 7.

The club will present Jess Bunn and John Koski with the Charles E. Thornton Outstanding Alumni Award; Candace “Candy” Justice will receive the Herbert Lee Williams Award.


Jess Bunn
Jess Bunn
Bunn (BA ’74) is a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of newspaper experience, beginning as a copy clerk at the Memphis Press-Scimitar. An award-winning headline writer and editor, he worked on the city, state and sports desks of the Des Moines Register. Bunn was executive metro editor at The Commercial Appeal, which won two Associated Press public service awards during his tenure. A 14-year employee of FedEx Corp., Bunn serves as manager of financial and corporate communications in Investor Relations. He is responsible for strategic, external communications targeting top-tier media, financial analysts and influencers on matters such as financial performance, securities law, corporate initiatives, governance issues and organizational changes. Prior to joining Investor Relations, Bunn specialized in media relations and reputation management. His teams won numerous public relations awards, including the Silver Anvil, Bronze Anvil and Big Apple. He is a recipient of the prestigious FedEx Five Star Award.


John Koski
John Koski
Koski (BA ’88) has served as vice president and general manager of FOX13 WHBQ-TV and since 2000.He began his career as an intern at WHBQ, eventually becoming a member of the station’s sports team and then moving into promotions and programming. Koski was a member of the U of M Radio Network broadcast team for seven seasons as scoreboard show host and sideline commentator. He is a two-time regional Emmy winner, including one as executive producer of Home for the Holidayswith the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, FOX13 swept the top three regional Emmy categories. A 2010 graduate of Leadership Memphis, Koski was inducted into Shelby County Schools Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009.


Candace Justice
Candace Justice
Justice (MA ’92)began her career in 1973 at the Memphis Press-Scimitar, where she worked as a reporter covering everything from crime to fashion. In 1981 Justice became TV editor and columnist. After the Press-Scimitar folded in 1983, she wrote about television for Scripps-Howard News Service and was a contributing editor at Satellite Dish magazine. While writing her nationally syndicated newspaper column, Justice freelanced for magazines, including TV Guide, Redbook, Stereo Review and Memphis Magazine. She also wrote and produced a nationally syndicated radio show, “Reach Out.” Justice began teaching at the U of M as an adjunct instructor in 1985, and in 1992 became an assistant professor of journalism and general manager of The Daily Helmsman, the student newspaper. She still holds those positions. Justice has received numerous awards, including the Olin Morris/New York Times Broadcasting graduate fellowship in journalism and the 2001 Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award.

The Charles E. Thornton Award is named for a Memphis journalist who was killed while on assignment in Afghanistan in 1985. The Herbert L. Williams Award is named for the U of M Journalism Department’s founding chair.

Tickets are $50 per person or $475 for a table of ten. The deadline for reservations is Oct. 29. For reservations or more information, contact Fariss Adams Ivey at 901-678-4373 or

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