In addition to providing professional development and networking opportunities, a core focus of the Raleigh Public Relations Society is to recognize the achievements of our members and other public relations practitioners in the state.
The Sir Walter Raleigh Awards competition is a showcase of exemplary work by public relations and communication professionals throughout North Carolina. This competition is held annually and recognizes and honors practitioners who have achieved excellence in a variety of categories, as judged by an independent panel of judges.
The Sir Walter Raleigh Awards competition is open to any communication professional in North Carolina regardless of membership, or the type of business they represent.
The Watt Huntley Award for Lifetime Achievement is presented to an individual who has made lasting and meaningful contributions to the field of public relations over the course of a career. It is given in memory of the late Watt Huntley, who served as public relations chief at Carolina Power & Light in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Huntley also served as president of the Raleigh Public Relations Society, and so the organization's highest honor bears his name.
2013 - Roger Friedensen, APR, ForgeCommunications
2012 - Queenie Byars, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2011 - Cindy Gardiner, APR
2010 - Robert Larson, North Carolina State University
2009 - Ray Hornak, APR, The Catevo Group
2008 - Dr. Mitch Javidi, President and CEO, The Catevo Group
2007 - Dr. Melissa Johnson, North Carolina State University
2006 - Becky Christian, WakeMed
2005 - Ron Smith, APR, S&A Cherokee
2004 - Michael Herman, APR, The Catevo Group
2003 - Steve Meehan, Capstrat founder
2002 - Sherry O'Neal (McIntyre), N.C. State College of Design
2001 - Jeannie Morelock, Meredith College