John Lumpkin, chair of the judging committee, retired as the Director of the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication at Texas Christian University’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication in August 2014. Previously, John was Vice President of Associated Press, where he worked for 37 years. He was a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram before joining AP. As vice chair of the Headliners Foundation, Lumpkin chairs its professional excellence committee, which coordinates the Headliners Foundation’s journalism awards programs. Lumpkin received the “North Texas Journalism Legends Award” in 2017 from the Press Club of Dallas. He also is vice chair of the Board of Directors of The Cavalier Daily, Inc., the non-profit corporation of independent student media at his alma mater, the University of Virginia.