BOSTON (AP) -- Five New England journalists will receive the Yankee Quill Award this fall for their contributions to journalism in the six-state region.
The Yankee Quill Award is presented annually by the Academy of New England Journalists through the auspices of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors Foundation. It is considered the highest individual honor awarded by fellow journalists in the region.
The 2012 honorees are Robert Giles, former curator of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University; R. John Mitchell, publisher and owner of the Rutland Herald and The Barre Montpelier Times-Argus of Vermont; Robert Schrepf, former longtime editorial page editor of The Hartford Courant; Robert Turner, former deputy editorial page editor of The Boston Globe; and Jack Williams, veteran television journalist and news anchor at WBZ-TV in Boston.
The Yankee Quill selection committee is made up of previous Yankee Quill winners who are members of the Academy of New England Journalists and representatives of New England journalism organizations.
Selection for the award is not based on any single achievement but rather the recipients' broad influence for good on New England journalism.
The committee was impressed with Giles' 11 years at the helm of Harvard University's Nieman Foundation, including outreach programs such as the digital journalism lab, the watchdog reporting website and encouragement of narrative journalism.
Mitchell was recognized for his career contributions to Vermont journalism through advocacy for open government and editorial courage that included his Rutland paper winning a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for a series of editorials on civil unions.
The committee honored Turner's rich involvement with the Boston community as well as his journalistic achievements that included years of political reporting and editing.
Schrepf was cited for his influential editorial writing career at the Courant and his active involvement with the New England Society of Newspaper Editors and the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government.
Williams was honored for his long career as a broadcast reporter and anchor and for his commitment to community through the "Wednesday's Child" adoption program and other public service programs.
The Yankee Quill awards will be presented as part of the annual conference of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors in November.