BPS Media Person(s) of the Year Awards
Each spring, Bismarck Public Schools recognizes a member of a local news entity for outstanding service in furthering public understanding about education. The Community Relations office gets input from staff regarding who should receive this annual award before making a decision. Here is a historical look at who has been honored by BPS:
Year 1 1996-1997 Kerry Andrews, KX-12 TV, News Dept. Year 2 1997-1998 Marci Narum, KFYR TV, News Dept. Year 3 1998-1999 Sharon Dunham, Bismarck Tribune, News Dept. Year 4 1999-2000 Marci Narum, KFYR TV, News Dept. Year 5 2000-2001 Bob Brady & Stacy Sturm, Y93 FM, Morning Show & Fill/Bus Year 6 2001-2002 Jamie Dunnigan, KFYR TV, News Dept. Year 7 2002-2003 Dean Mastel, Cumulus Media Year 8 2003-2004 Shannon Dean & Bob Hughes, KFYR AM “Kid Speak” program Year 9 2004-2005 Lauren Grey, KX-12’s “Noon on 12” program producer Year 10 2005-2006 Vicki Weiss, Tribune’s “Hometown” section editor Year 11 2006-2007 Mary Van Sickle, Community Access Television (CATV) Year 12 2007-2008 Jody Kerzman, KFYR TV Year 13 2008-2009 KFYR AM radio Year 14 2009-2010 Sara Kincaid, Bismarck Tribune education reporter Year 15 2010-2011 Jody Kerzman, KFYR TV Year 16 2011-2012 Todd Mitchell/Dolly Dakota, Clear Channel, Fill the Bus, 15th anniversary in 2011-12. Year 17 2012-2013 KFYR TV videographers Dwayne Walker & Donna Hardt, 65 years combined. Year 18 2013-2014 Hannah Johnson, Bismarck Tribune education reporter Year 19 2014-2015 Jim Haussler, retiring Activities Director, Bismarck Public Schools Year 20 2015-2016 BHS grad Todd Clausnitzer, Image Printing, for work on logos! Year 21 2016-2017 Tribune photogs: Will Kincaid, Tom Stromme, & Mike McCleary Year 22 2017-2018 Dave Thompson for fair & balanced coverage of BPS & ND teacher negotiations and impasse meetings Year 23 2018-2019 Chief meteorologist Kevin Lawrence, KFYR TV, & meteorologist from KX12 TV, Amber Wheeler who go into ES classrooms and explain weather to students.