NORMAN — Alan Velie, David Ross Boyd Professor of English, has been named the 2014 recipient of the $20,000 Otis Sullivant Award for Perceptivity at the University of Oklahoma.
The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and a selection committee made the decision.
The late Edith Kinney Gaylord of Oklahoma City established the $500,000 Sullivant Prize endowment shortly before her death in January 2001. The award honors the late, longtime Oklahoma journalist Otis Sullivant, who covered Oklahoma and national political news for several decades and was known for his ability to analyze and accurately predict political trends.
Edith Kinney Gaylord was a longtime supporter of many OU programs and a pioneering journalist. She was the first woman reporter to join the New York bureau of the Associated Press and was the second president and one of the founders of the Women’s National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The award is presented to a faculty or staff member at OU who exhibits “keen perceptivity.” The benefit to society and the broader community, which comes from the insight of the recipient, also is considered.
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