Joann Byrd, executive editor of The Herald from 1981 to 1992, was one of two women honored Friday by the AWC Matrix Foundation, an educational affiliate of the Association for Women in Communications.
At a luncheon in Seattle, Byrd was given the 2009 Helen Duhamel Achievement Award for her many accomplishments in journalism and her use of First Amendment rights. Byrd has also been ombudsman for The Washington Post, editorial page editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and served on the Pulitzer Prize Board. She is author of a new book, “Calamity: The Heppner Flood of 1903.” She taught journalism ethics at the University of Washington and Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
Also honored at Friday’s event was Deborah Jacobs, director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries in Seattle. Jacobs was given the Edith Wortman First Amendment Award.
The event was part of the 100th anniversary conference of the Association for Women in Communications in Seattle, which was the birthplace of Theta Sigma Phi. The sorority founded by female UW journalism students in 1909 later became the Association for Women in Communications.
Eat flapjacks, weigh pumpkins: A pancake breakfast and pumpkin weigh-in is planned for Saturday in Monroe.
Pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, applesauce, juice, coffee and tea will be served from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at 18933 Tualco Road, Monroe.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 11 and younger.
Pumpkins will be weighed at 11 a.m. with prizes for the biggest ones.