EWA Invites Nominations for New Lifetime Achievement Prize
Honor To Be Awarded in Baltimore in Memory of Mike Bowler

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the creation of an EWA Lifetime Achievement Prize inspired by the late Michael H. “Mike” Bowler, to be presented for the first time this spring in honor of the longtime education writer and former EWA board president. 

For the first EWA Lifetime Achievement Prize, members are encouraged to nominate people who have devoted a major portion of their careers to education journalism and contributed to the field more broadly. Members are requested to refrain from nominating themselves, and the deadline for nominations is March 20. 

“Mike Bowler understood that the education beat is not a stepping-stone to another journalism job but is a rewarding and endlessly fascinating field in its own right,” said Greg Toppo, president of the EWA Board of Directors. “We look forward to presenting this prize as a recognition for extended achievement in this important profession within a profession.” 

The prize is to be awarded at EWA’s 72nd National Seminar, to be held May 6-8 in Baltimore, where Bowler covered education for The Baltimore Sun. Admired and beloved by many in the journalism and education communities, Bowler passed away in September 2018. He had been an EWA member for five decades.  

“We look forward to celebrating a veteran journalist who embodies Bowler’s commitment to education reporting, both as a career and a public service,” said New York Times education reporter Erica Green, a member of the EWA Journalist Advisory Board. Green and her former Baltimore Sun colleague and long-time education reporter Liz Bowie proposed and worked with EWA to develop the lifetime achievement prize. 

“This is an opportunity to honor Mike while putting a spotlight on journalists who have stayed committed to education reporting over the course of their careers,” said Bowie, who worked with Bowler during his years at The Baltimore Sun. 

“When I think of Mike Bowler, I think of the best of journalism and humanity. The man cared so much about education, people, teachers and children,” Freeman A. Hrabowski III, the president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, told The Baltimore Sun upon Bowler’s passing. For more on Bowler’s career, please see the full obituary

While it is in no way required to submit a name for consideration, you are welcome to make a gift to support the EWA Lifetime Achievement Prize in Memory of Mike Bowler. 

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