The Association for Women in Sports Media is pleased to announce Vicki Michaelis is the recipient of the 2022 Ann Miller Service Award, presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the organization.
Michaelis is a former president and chair of the board who has played a role in several AWSM endeavors. She was a regional coordinator, helping plan and host events in the Denver area, and took on treasurer responsibilities during her time as chair. She also has been the faculty adviser for the student chapter at the University of Georgia, and regularly participates in conventions as a moderator or panelist.
"Getting an award named for Ann Miller? Priceless to me,” Michaelis said. “She isn't just part of AWSM's foundation. She's part of its soul. That soul, that community, has meant so much to me and my career -- as both a journalist and a professor. I am truly honored.”
Michaelis is the John Huland Carmical Chair in Sports Journalism and Society at the University of Georgia, where she has worked since 2012. Before that, she spent more than two decades as a sports journalist, including at USA Today as the lead Olympics reporter and Denver bureau sportswriter covering professional and college sports. She also was a reporter for The Denver Post and The Palm Beach Post.
“Vicki's involvement and support of AWSM long after serving on the board embodies what the Ann Miller Service Award is all about,” AWSM president Ashley Colley said. “She has helped so many women at both the student and professional level. I've witnessed her contributions on both fronts, working with student chapters and giving advice to many of our members seeking guidance from a veteran woman in this industry. We thank Vicki for always making time to give back to AWSM.”
Established in 2013, AWSM’s service award is named in honor of Ann Miller, a longtime Hawaii-based sports reporter who was the organization’s treasurer for its first 10 years, served as board chair and has attended nearly every convention despite the long travel distance.