The Education Writers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Prize
recognizes members who have devoted much of their careers to the
craft and community of education journalism.
The prize was proposed, created and funded by EWA members who
wanted to honor the life and work of Michael Bowler, a longtime
education reporter for the Baltimore Sun and former president of
the Education Writers Association who passed away in 2018. Bowler
was an EWA member for more than five decades.
The goal, according to EWA board member Erica Green, who helped
initiate the prize, was to honor “a veteran journalist who
embodies Bowler’s commitment to education reporting, both as a
career and a public service.”
The award will be given on an occasional basis.
The first Lifetime Achievement Prize was awarded on May 8,
2019 at EWA’s 72nd National Seminar in
Baltimore. The prize came with a $5,000 honorarium.