JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - For more than 20 years, Bonnie L. Thrasher guided journalism students at Arkansas State University. While championing free speech and expression, colleagues said she made sure her "students always came first."
Now, more than a year after her death, Thrasher will be posthumously inducted into the College Media Association's John A. Boyd Hall of Fame.
For 22 years, Thrasher taught journalism at A-State in Jonesboro and advised the student newspaper, The Herald, according to a news release from the university. Before that she worked as a reporter and editor for several newspapers in Mississippi and served as interim assistant editor of The Jonesboro Sun.
"Bonnie Thrasher led the Arkansas State University Herald staff as a champion of free speech and expression," said Mary Jackson Pitts, Ph.D.
As a professor in the Department of Media at A-State, Pitts worked alongside Thrasher for many years.
"It was obvious the students always came first in learning journalism as a profession and in learning about life as a student journalist," Pitts said. "She was an amazing storyteller who taught her students the techniques of telling a story, of getting the information right, and of publishing material that might not always make people feel comfortable."
The John A. Boyd Hall of Fame Award is the most prestigious honor given by CMA, recognizing longtime members whose "dedications, commitment and sacrifice have contributed to the betterment and value of student media programs of both their campus and the nation."
Thrasher will be inducted in October during the CMA's National College Media Convention in Atlanta.
"Bonnie devoted her life to her work and to her students," said her father, Bill Thrasher. "We are very happy that other people recognize her efforts and that many people benefited from what she did and how she did it. We are proud that she is being inducted in the Hall of Fame."
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