PR for People® Announces Judges for Matt Kramer Award

Xanthus Communications and PR for People® have announced a panel of five judges who will decide the winner of the Matt Kramer Award. The judges are Linda Ayares, Partner with Finn Partners; Gregg Bertram, CEO at Pacific ADR Consulting, LLC; George Erb, Journalist, Educator and former Editor of the Puget Sound Business Journal; Dave Gregorio, Editor at Reuters; and Barbara Lloyd McMichael, author of the syndicated book review column “The Bookmonger.”

Send your submission to and write Matt Kramer in the header of the email. Include the link(s) for your article(s) and your brief bio.

Our judges require: 

Ø The news story must be about an individual, i.e. a human being. 

Ø The news story was published for the first time from Jan 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017. 

Ø The journalist must submit his or her own work. 

Ø The journalist may submit more than one news story.

Ø The news story must have been published in a bonafide media outlet that is listed in the Cision media database.

Ø There are no submission entry fees.  

Ø Deadline, August 31, 2017, 6pm EST.

The Award was created as a tribute to AP Journalist Matt Kramer. Matt Kramer was a veteran Associated Press reporter covering the Capitol beat and the 1967 session of the Oregon Legislature.  His astute and timely coverage of the "Beach Bill" that was reported in newspapers around the state kept the issue alive and in front of the people to decide the fate of public access to Oregon's beaches.

At the time, there was a strong movement among legislators who wanted to kill the "Beach Bill" in committee, which would have granted private beach rights and restricted access to self-entitled, wealthy estate owners and corporations.  In 1967, Matt Kramer wrote an article, "Beach Bill Revival Sought," which has been historically attributed as one reason why today Oregon has open beaches. 

Matt Kramer's work as an investigative reporter is an inspiration to showing us how integrity in journalism has a profound and lasting impact on the world.  Today, Oregon’s breathtaking ocean vistas and beaches are open to all.

Announcement of the award will be made on September 15, 2017.

About Xanthus Communications LLC and PR for People®

Patricia Vaccarino owns Xanthus Communications, a national PR firm, and the internet company, PR for People®, where people share their news with the world. Through its monthly magazine “The Connector” and its news portal, PR for People is committed to telling real news stories about real people.  Patricia Vaccarino has written award-winning film scripts, press materials, content, books, essays and articles.


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