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40th Annual Professional Recognition Awards and Scholarship Dinner

May 5, 2018, 6 PM cocktails, 7 PM dinner

at Genesee Grande, 1060 East Genesee St, Syracuse

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Walt Shepperd

Syracuse New Times

City Eagle

A three-time Writer of the Year for the New York State Press Association, Walt Shepperd served for 35 years starting in 1971 as columnist, feature writer and senior editor of the Syracuse New Times.
From 1965 to 1967, he was assistant editor of Chris Powell’s Home Town News, and, with Dave Prater, founding editor of the Syracuse Gazette. He then founded the Nickel Review, cited as one of the three best newspapers in the country during the sixties-era underground genre by Village Voice media critic Nat Hentoff. He is currently editor of City Eagle.

A past president of the Syracuse Press Club, from which he received a Lifetime Achievement Award, Shepperd also served as president of the board of directors of the Cultural Resources Council, and is a current member of the advisory boards of the New York State Fair and the Educational Opportunity Center. He is a recipient of the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Kharas Award for “distinguished service to civil liberties.”

A 1962 graduate of Colgate University, Shepperd did graduate work at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, and has served on the faculties of Colgate, SU, Onondaga Community College, the Syracuse City School District, Jamesville Penitentiary and the maximum security prisons at Auburn and Attica. With Stewart Brisby, he edited and published Born into a Felony, the first national anthology of contemporary American prison writing on a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Shepperd is founder, and since 1976, executive producer of the Media Unit, a national award winning hands-on training program for Central New York teens in performance and production for television and stage. Since 1979, the Media Unit has produced "Rough Times Live," the longest running weekly television broadcast in the country totally produced by teens. Almost 80 percent of Media Unit graduates have gone on to careers in the industry. Shepperd served for a season as executive producer of WIXT-Channel 9’s "Alive in Syracuse" and was a regular panelist on Time Warner’s "Reporter’s Roundtable."

Author of Conjuring a Counter-Culture, a book of essays from Dustbooks, and I Dreampt I Took a Two Week Vacation in an Audrey Hepburn Movie, a poetry chapbook from Pulpartforms Unltd., Shepperd’s work has also appeared in The Post Standard, Urban CNY, The Banner, Newsday, Scholastic Teacher, Finger Lakes Magazine, Metroland, Survival Prose, One Shot Deal, Event, Gravida, the Journal of Black Poetry and the Berkeley Barb.
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    "Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation’s heart, the excision of its memory."
--Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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