Marilyn Hagerty, the 86-year-old Grand Forks Herald columnist whose Olive Garden write-up went viral in March, has been honored by Al Neuharth, a pal she edited at the University of South Dakota in the 1940s. The USA Today founder will present Hagerty with the 2012 Al Neuharth Excellence in Media Award on Oct. 4 in a ceremony that will air live over South Dakota Public Broadcasting.
Neuharth says in a release:
Marilyn, my classmate back in the ’40s and editor of the student paper, took a chance on me as rookie reporter, hired me for my first newspaper job and taught me vital lessons about the roles and responsibilities of professional journalists. Those same high principles that Marilyn preached as a young college editor 65 years ago define and distinguish her extraordinary and enduring career.
Meanwhile, Hagerty continues to give exposure to Grand Forks area restaurants. This week she wrote about her visit to Applebee’s, where she enjoyed a “refreshing and pleasantly crunchy” Oriental Chicken Salad.
* Marilyn Hagerty to receive Al Neuharth’s Excellence in Media Award (Press release)
* Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, Tim Russert, Larry King … and Marilyn Hagerty? (inforum.com)
* Earlier: Meet the nation’s hottest restaurant critic (jimromenesko.com)