The Indiana State Teachers Association presented the prestigious School Bell Award to KPC Media Group reporter Jennifer Decker.
The state’s largest teachers’ union annually presents the award to a media person whose work supports the public education philosophy of ISTA.
Decker covers the Prairie Heights and Fremont school districts for The Herald Republican and The News Sun.
Prairie Heights teacher Sue Tyler nominated her for the award.
“Jennifer has championed the area schools with dignity and optimism,” said Stacy Kurdelak, chairwoman of ISTA’s issues and concerns committee. “She is aware of what is happening in our schools and is always eager to attend activities so that she can shine a light on the important work public schools are performing, as well as dispelling some of the negative myths about public education.”
A journalist from northeast Indiana has not won the award in a number of years.
Last year’s School Bell Award went to Dan Carpenter, an Indianapolis-based writer who formerly worked for The Indianapolis Star.
– The Herald Republican (Angola)