Jackson-Madison Chapter DAR Announces Media Award Winner
Jackson-Madison Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution [NSDAR] announced the winner of the Award for Excellence in Broadcast Media at their April 21st chapter meeting held in the Madison County Archives on Hollywood Drive in Jackson .
Joe Sullivan was presented the award for his work as weekday morning anchor of “Good Morning West Tennessee” on WBBJ. Mr. Sullivan joined the ABC 7 News Team in September of 2011.
Joe was born and raised in Rhode Island . He was a pitcher on his college baseball team. Joe graduated from Curry College in Milton , Massachusetts , located seven miles outside of Boston .
Following graduation Joe worked as a Production Assistant at ESPN in Bristol , Connecticut . His first on-air job was at the NBC Affiliate in Yakima , Washington KNDO-TV. While in Washington State Joe had the honor of carrying the Olympic Torch prior to the Summer Olympics.
Joe moved to Richmond , Virginia and was Sports Director at WRLH-TV (FOX) and Sports Anchor/Reporter at WWBT-TV (NBC). He has won two Associated Press Broadcast Awards.
In his free time Joe enjoys spending time with his wife Erika and seven year old daughter Caroline, traveling and rooting for the New England Patriots.
Previous winners of the Award for Excellence in Print Media include Donna Miller, Karen Boothby, Jacque Hillman, Roy Heatherly, Dan Morris, Amy McDaniel, Katie Brake and Ellen Kimbro of the Jackson Sun; Leane King, Amber Storey-Knight and Lyda Kay Ferree of VIP Jackson Magazine; dn English, Rhonda Miller, Doris “Cousin Tuny” Freeman, Carolyn Tomlin, and Mary Anne Barbour of thecityNEWs; Shanika Douglass, Gwenda Anthony, Myrtle Russell and Bill Marable of the West Tennessee Examiner; Linda J. Higgins and Scott Parish, co-authors of “Images of America: Madison County,” Debra Shaw Laman, marketing director for Casey Jones Village, and Lisa and Michael Bickerstaff, owners of Tennessee Women’s Journal
Winners of the Award for Excellence in Broadcast Media include Tom Britt, Gary Pickens, Brad Douglass, Mike McEvoy, Keli McAlister, Jonquil Newland, Caitlyn Jones and Daniel Wilkerson of WBBJ-TV; Keith Sherley, Steve Bowers, Bill Way and Greg Wood of NewsTalk 101.5; Shane Connor and Julie Cooke of Thomas Media; Cassandra Fuller, Beth Parnell and Janet Wilbanks of ePlus TV; Steve Beverly of Union University, Michael Beck ofStudio En Fuego, John Scofield of Forever Communications, Tom Mapes of Grace Broadcasting, and Valerie Horton of “Mothers2Daughters Inspired.”
Jackson-Madison Chapter honors Mr. Sullivan for his professionalism and dedication to broadcast media and to our community.
DAR is known as the largest women’s patriotic organization in the United States and has over 165,000 members with 3000 chapters in 50 states and 11 foreign countries. DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. DAR is non-partisan and non-political, and welcomes any woman, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineage to a Revolutionary War patriot.
The Jackson-Madison Chapter, founded in 1901, is one of the oldest chapters in the state. For more information about membership in DAR, contact chapter regent, Sherry Taylor, at 731-217-7280 or firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit the chapter website atwww.darjacksonmadison.com.
Photo attached: Joe Wilkerson