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 three-year 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 2020-2021 Hearst Journalism Awards

Writing Judges

Dwayne Bray

ESPN’s The Undefeated, CT

Larry Kramer

Retired President and Publisher
USA Today, VA

Maria Reeve

Managing Editor/Content
Houston Chronicle, TX

Photojournalism Judges

Mark Morris

Independent Visual Consultant, CA

Luis Rios

Director of Photography
San Antonio Express-News, TX

Marcia Allert

Director of Visual Journalism
The Dallas Morning News, TX

Audio and Television Judges

Candy Altman

Retired Vice President News
Hearst Television, NY

Holly Quan

KCBS Radio, CA

Joe Rovitto

Clemensen & Rovitto LLC, PA

Multimedia Judges

Jarrad Henderson

Senior Multimedia Producer – Investigative and Enterprise Video Team
USA Today, VA

Danese Kenon

Managing Editor of Visuals
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA

Meredith Hogan

Senior Creative Producer
Red Element Studios, WA