Nominations Open for EWA Lifetime Achievement Prize
Honor To Be Awarded in Orlando in Memory of Mike Bowler

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2020 EWA Lifetime Achievement Prize. This prize was created in 2019 to honor Michael H. “Mike” Bowler, the longtime education writer and former EWA board president, who died in 2018.

For the second annual Lifetime Achievement Prize, EWA is asking members to reflect on outstanding individuals in the education journalism community and put forward candidates for the honor whose career and body of work show a long-term commitment to the field. 

Members are invited to use this form to submit the names of journalists who should be considered for the prize and why they are being nominated. Members are requested to refrain from nominating themselves. The deadline for nominations is March 20. 

Bowler, an EWA member for five decades, covered education for The Baltimore Sun. He dedicated the bulk of his career to the education beat and was revered within his local education community and by education journalists across the country. Bowler passed away in September 2018.  

This year’s prize will be awarded at EWA’s 73nd National Seminar, slated for May 27-29 in Orlando, Fla. Last year’s inaugural prize was awarded to NPR’s Claudio Sanchez, who was honored for his exemplary 30 years on the education beat. A former elementary and middle school teacher, Sanchez joined NPR in 1989, and always took special care to feature the voices of students and parents in his reporting. 

“EWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award is unlike any prize that an education reporter can aspire to, because it recognizes one’s body of work over time,” Sanchez said. “For me it was humbling because it came unexpectedly from my peers.”

Those interested in supporting high-quality journalism on education are invited to make a gift to support EWA’s efforts to recognize exemplary education journalism, including the EWA Lifetime Achievement Prize in memory of Mike Bowler. 

For Sanchez, receiving the inaugural prize “felt like a validation of sorts after 30 years of covering children and families in their search for a quality education and a path to a better life. That is, after all, what our coverage of education boils down to.”