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ST. BONAVENTURE TO HONOR TOP MEDIA PROFESSIONALS

Author and historian David Halberstam, CBS news correspondent Charles Osgood and former White House press secretary Mike McCurry will be honored Oct. 8 during St. Bonaventure University's annual Mark Hellinger Awards Dinner.

The event, held to pay tribute to top professionals in the print, broadcast and public relations fields and to outstanding St. Bonaventure graduates, will take place in the Pratt Mansions in New York City.

Lisa A. Biedenbach, a 1976 graduate of St. Bonaventure, will receive the Alumna of the Year Award. Currently, she is managing editor for books at St. Anthony Messenger Press in Cincinnati.

The 1999 Mark Hellinger Award, the university's highest honor to graduates of the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will be shared by 1999 graduates Greg Licamele and Corrie S. Spike.

Licamele is a graduate assistant in the sports information office at George Washington University, where he is pursuing a master's degree.

Spike is an account coordinator with Dudnyk Advertising and Public Relations in Horsham, Pa.

Hellinger was a Broadway playwright and Hollywood producer.

The Bob Considine Award for outstanding print journalism will go to Halberstam, who received the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Vietnam and is the author of 10 non-fiction best-sellers, including the recent "Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Created."

Considine was an international reporter and columnist.

This year's Douglas Edwards Award for outstanding accomplishments of a broadcast professional will go to Osgood, anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning, and author of the Osgood File, a daily news commentary he gives on the CBS Radio Network.

Edwards was a TV pioneer and CBS newscaster for more than 50 years.

McCurry, assistant to the president and White House secretary from 1995 to 1998, will receive the Thomas Mosser Award for public relations excellence.

He is managing partner of the Public Strategies Group in Washington D.C., a public affairs and strategic communications consulting firm.

Mosser, a 1965 St. Bonaventure graduate who was one of the last victims of the Unabomber, was with Burson-Marsteller, the public relations division of Young & Rubicam, for almost 25 years.

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