Dori Maynard to Posthumously Receive McGruder Diversity Award

A "passionate warrior for diversity in journalism," remembered.

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Though she passed away from lung cancer in February, the impact journalist and former Maynard Institute president Dori Maynard has had on the profession continues to reverberate. In October, Maynard will be honored posthumously with the Robert McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership. Awarded jointly by the Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors, the annual award is given to honorees who have made significant work in promoting and increasing diversity in the newsroom.

Awardees are chosen based on nominations sent to the committee, and Maynard was the subject of several, including one from Washington Post managing editor Kevin Merida, who had this to say about Maynard in his nomination letter:

To the very end, she was a passionate warrior for diversity in journalism, committed to telling stories that had not been told—or told well—in communities of color across this nation. She had an innovator’s spirit, and an egalitarian desire to work with everyone. She wanted to change minds and hearts. She was fearless, and also someone to fear if you ran a news organization and didn’t believe that all lives matter

Maynard became president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education in 2001, the institute created by her father and his wife to promote and increase diversity in newsrooms and in the media. But her work toward fostering diversity and mentoring journalists around the country was a lifelong mission.