11:00 AM11:00

2019 Mike Quinn Awards Luncheon

Celebrating Texas Journalism 

2019 Mike Quinn Awards Luncheon

 honoring our 2019-2020 scholarship recipients and award winners of our professional journalism contests from across the state

Saturday, September 28, 2019
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Headliners Club
221 West Sixth Street, 21st Floor
Austin, Texas 78701
$50.00 per person
Click here to reserve your seat
Reservations are required – please RSVP no later than September 25, 2019

11:00 a.m. Reception
11:30 Luncheon Begins
12:00 Program Begins  

This year’s keynote presentation will feature former Headliners Foundation scholarship winners as they discuss their experience moving from the classroom to the newsroom.

Luqman Adeniyi, Associate Producer, CNN Politics

Nicole Cobler, Business and Technology Reporter, Austin American-Statesman

Parastoo Nikravesh, Editor, Texas Hill Country Culture

Jackie Wang, General Assignments Reporter, Rivard Report


Can’t attend but want to support the Foundation? Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to sponsor a student or professional journalist’s attendance for $50.

To reserve your seat or to sponsor, contact Araminta Sellers at the Foundation office – or 512/496-0272.

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11:30 AM11:30

2013 Mike Quinn Awards Luncheon featuring Political Correspondent Karen Tumulty

The annual luncheon of the Headliners Foundation honored this year’s winners of the prestigious Charles E. Green awards for excellence in journalism and introduced the Foundation’s scholarship recipients. Karen Tumulty gave the keynote and shared her views on the political upheaval in Washington, DC with the 60 people in attendance.

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5:54 PM17:54

NPR’s Don Gonyea Headlines Speakers Series

Don Gonyea

Don Gonyea

Headliners Foundation Chairman Mark Morrison once again welcomed a full house of guests to the Headliners Club for the February 7th, Michele Kay Distinguished Speakers Series featuring Don Gonyea interviewed by colleague and friend, Ken Herman. Gonyea and Herman discussed Gonyea’s early career as country music DJ in small-town Michigan before being transferred to news anchor at the local NPR affiliate, and later being elevated to the Washington bureau.

For more information and to view a video of the panel discussion, click here.

Don Gonyea is a NPR National Political Correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He travels extensively throughout the United States covering campaigns, elections, and the political climate. His reports can be heard on all NPR programs and at

Learn more about Gonyea here.


Event Photos

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5:45 PM17:45

Distinguished Speakers Series: Fact and Fiction: Predictions about the Upcoming Elections

Headliners Foundation Chairman Gary Pickle welcomed a full house of guests to the Headliners Club for the October 16, 2012 panel discussion, the third in the Foundation’s Michele Kay Distinguished Speakers Series.  After introducing Robert Schultz, Michele’s husband, Pickle turned the program over to Lindsey Garner, a former student of Michele’s at St. Edward’s University.

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