CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, April 27, 2002 — O.Kay Henderson, News Director of Radio Iowa in Des Moines, is the 2002 winner of the annual “Jack Shelley Award” given by the Iowa Broadcast News Association at its annual convention in Cedar Rapids April 27th. The Shelley award is named in honor of the former WHO News Director and Professor Emeritus of Iowa State University. The award is the highest honor given by I.B.N.A., and recognizes outstanding contributions to the cause of professional broadcast journalism. Henderson was cited for her leadership as a mentor to others in the radio business, and as an active member of I.B.N.A., serving two terms as its president. Henderson is a native of Lenox and a graduate of Iowa State University. She was one of the original members of the Radio Iowa news network, which began in 1987 as a division of Learfield Communications of Jefferson City, Missouri. Henderson has been news director of the 60-station Radio Iowa network since 1994. Henderson specializes in political coverage and is also a regular contributor to Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program. Shelley, who recently turned 90, was on hand to present the award.
AUDIO: Presentation of award and comments by O. Kay Henderson (6 min)