AP executive editor, KU alumna to receive journalism award at university

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Sally Buzbee, senior vice president and executive editor of The Associated Press, in New York, Dec. 13. 2018.

A leader of one of the largest news organizations in the world is set to receive a journalism award from her alma mater, the University of Kansas.

The William Allen White Foundation at KU selected Sally Buzbee, executive editor of the Associated Press, as the recipient of the 2019 William Allen White National Citation, according to a KU news release. The award aims to recognize individuals for outstanding journalistic service.

Buzbee began working in Topeka for the Associated Press in 1988, the same year she graduated from KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She has served in several positions for the news organization as a reporter and an editor.

In her current position, Buzbee oversees the Associated Press’ global operation, which includes journalists in more than 100 countries.

“Sally Buzbee is an inspiration to journalists throughout the world, and her alma mater is particularly pleased with her selection as this year’s recipient,” said Ann Brill, dean of the School of Journalism. “Her dedication to thorough and contextual information is a great example to our students, as is her support of local news media.”

Buzbee will accept the award at 3 p.m. April 11 in the Woodruff Auditorium at the KU student union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.


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