In 1960, Randolph A. Hearst and his brother William R. Hearst, Jr. named the first program judges. The judges are professional journalists/editors whose valuable time and talents are generously volunteered to the program each year. Over the course of their terms, the judges review the work of thousands of students across the country. Judges are sent the entries and evaluate the work based on a point system. The assigned points are sent to the Foundation which announces the winners and disperses the scholarships and grants to the winning
students and schools.

The following is the list of judges who evaluate the monthly and Championship entries in the writing,              photojournalism, television, audio, and multimedia competitions of the 2023-2024 Hearst Journalism Awards

Writing Judges

Maria Reeve

Vice President – Texas Content Initiatives
Hearst Newspapers

Sue Campbell

Editorial Director, AME/Features
Star Tribune Magazine

David Callaway

Founder and Editor
Callaway Climate Insights

Photojournalism Judges

Marcia Allert

Managing Photo Producer

Nicole Frugé

Director of Visuals
The San Francisco Chronicle

Danny Gawlowski

Assistant Managing Editor
The Seattle Times

Audio and Television Judges

Candy Altman

Retired Vice President of News
Hearst Television

Holly Quan

KCBS Radio


Multimedia Judges

Danese Kenon

Director of Photography and Video
Philadelphia Inquirer

Meredith Hogan

Senior Creative Producer
Red Element Studios

Robert Scheer

Visual Journalist
The Indianapolis Star