Brown recognized with Scripps College of Communication Hall of Fame award
By Claire Berlin
At the annual E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Awards Banquet, Yvette McGee Brown, BSJ ’82, was inducted into the 2017 Ohio Communication Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 20, at the Ohio University Athens campus.
“Yvette – we honor you for your tenacity, your commitment to the community, your compassionate communication of the law, and your many gifts of time, talent and treasure to your alma mater,” said Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth. “We are proud to have you in our ranks, and even prouder to add your name to the Ohio Communication Hall of Fame.”
Established by the Scripps College of Communication in 1993, the Ohio Communication Hall of Fame honors communications professionals who have ties to either Ohio or Ohio University for their lifetime achievement in the field of communication. A special lifetime commitment designation is also awarded from time to time, but was not part of this year’s ceremony.
A series of firsts defines the judicial and professional career of McGee Brown. She was the first African-American woman elected to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. She was the founding president of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In January 2011, she became the first African-American woman to serve as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio. She is presently a partner at the global law firm of Jones Day specializing in litigation and appellate practice.
Among her many honors are The Ohio University Medal of Merit, The Ohio State University Distinguished Service Award, Women of Color Woman of the Year, the Girl Scout Great Award and the Columbus Bar Association Nettie Cronise Lutes Award.
“There is a reason for these accolades, and they aren’t entirely rooted in her career – though that alone is impressive enough,” said Titsworth. “On Ohio University’s campus alone, she has served in several volunteer roles – most currently serving on the Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees. She never hesitates to engage with students on campus, and recently set up a scholarship in the Scripps College of Communication.”
McGee Brown graduated from Ohio University in 1982 with a degree in journalism/public relations and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1985.
During her speech, she explained that her career success stemmed from her education at Ohio University which taught her “what it means to be an ethical journalist.”
“None of this would have happened if I hadn’t had the chance to be at Ohio University,” said McGee Brown. “I am eternally grateful to the University, and I hope, in some small way, I can pay it forward.”
She closed her speech with some advice to current and graduating journalism students, “We need you. Never compromise. Who you are and what you stand for will follow you the rest of your life.”
Following McGee Brown’s induction, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism proceeded with their awards banquet awarding over $176,000 in scholarships to students thanks to the generosity of donors and the scholarship committee.