2017 Quill banquet a resounding success!
Mike O'Brien, well-known and even more well-respected journalist and teacher, received the coveted Quill Award at Highland Springs Country Club on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Mr. O'Brien was immortalized in song by members of the Wild Bob's Musical Book Club and former students and colleagues gave stirring speeches or read selections from some of Mike's Springfield NewsLeader columns.
Writers Hall of Fame is pleased and honored to welcome Mike O'Brien into the ranks of such prestigious writers as Daniel Woodrell, Ridley Pearson, David Harrison and last year's recipient, Ron Powers.
2017 Quill award recipient:
Even though he didn’t know most folks personally, newspaperman Mike O’Brien visited with thousands of Ozarkers for 40 years. His words, spoken through newsprint as a reporter, editor and columnist, made a lasting impression on Springfield’s papers — and the people who read them.
His impact, however, isn’t limited to any newsroom. It also lives through the journalists he influenced during more than 25 years spent teaching at Missouri State University and Drury University before retiring in 2013.
The Annual Student Banquet, honoring winners from the LAD Fair and announcing Writers Hall of Fame scholarship recipients will be held on Thursday, April 27 at 6pm at the Darr Agricultural Center Ballroom. Congratulations to the following scholarship recipients: