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Distinguished Service Award

Established in 2004, the Distinguished Service Award annually recognizes an MDDC volunteer whose extraordinary service effort has made a profound and lasting difference to MDDC organization and membership.

Each annual winner is presented an engraved bowl at MDDC’s Hall of Fame & Distinguished Service Award Program, traditionally held in late May at the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition, a $500 contribution is made to the MDDC Press Foundation in the winner’s name.

2015Karen ActonFormer CEO/CFO, Gazette Newspapers and Southern MD News
2014Pat Richardson Former Publisher, The Carroll County Times & Annapolis Capital
2013Christopher A. EddingsFormer Publisher, The Daily Record; retired VP, Business Information, The Dolan Company
2012Frank QuineRetired Assistant Dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland
2011John LeagueRetired Publisher, The Herald-Mail
2010Tom Schmidt Carroll Publishing
2009Jeff MezzatestaChesapeake Publishing
2008Jim Donahue Retired Executive Director, MDDC Press Association
2007Tom Marquardt Retired Publisher, Annapolis Capital
2006Larry Effingham The Star Democrat
2005James S. Keat The Baltimore Sun
2004Carol Melamed The Washington Post