There are very few journalists who live up to the standards of the Carr Van Anda Award. This award is presented by Scripps at Ohio University to honor and recognize the outstanding work of top journalists during their careers. Kathleen Carroll, executive editor of the Associated Press accepted this award with a packed house on Monday evening.
Carroll was introduced first by the Dean of E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and professor, Bob Stewart. Second she was further introduced an honored by Andy Alexander, Scripps Howard Visiting Professional. Carroll is behind the scenes of one of the most important and influential news organizations. She continues to be an influential journalist as she manages 2,300 journalists in about 100 different countries who work for the AP. She is an editor that does not hide behind the reporters but rather takes successes and failures of the company as a whole.
During her acceptance speech Carroll spoke of many stories from her time as a journalist and editor. She says that it is a reporter’s job to practice accountability journalism and act as the watch dog between the government and citizens. She advocates that not all news needs to be bad news but highlighting things that work is good news too. Her advice to all journalists includes having the ability to track down original info and public records.
She ties this in with the recent controversy between the AP and United States government. As a result of a leak investigation in spring of 2012 for Al-Qaeda sending a bomb on a plane to the U.S. the government subpoenaed twenty one AP employee phone records. This meant fax machines, news bureaus, and any news gathering that was done by these employees was sent to a database for the ongoing investigation. Carroll and the AP fought their rights of privacy and ultimately the Justice Department will make changes to the ways it can obtain information from journalists. This is a big step in the privacy of journalists who are reporting and using anonymous sources.
Carroll has served as executive editor at the AP in 2002, and senior vice president since 2003. She has worked for this news organization for twenty five years. She studied journalism at the University of Texas at Arlington where she also reported for the Texas Morning News. She also served as a Washington Bureau Chief in 1999 with media company, Knight Ridder. She joined the Pulitzer Prize board in 2003.