The Foundation Supports Local Students and Journalists
The Front Page Foundation is a non-profit corporation chartered in 2015 to raise funds benefiting journalism in all news media – print, electronic, and digital – through scholarships, professional development activities, and educational programs for the public on vital issues in journalism.
Chartered with the support of the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists, the Front Page Foundation partners with ETSPJ in supporting programs that educate the providers and consumers of news, encouraging professional excellence and public understanding of the role of the press.
The Foundation considers journalism ethics, diversity, freedom of information, open records and meetings, and government transparency to be essential for a functioning and thriving democracy. A free press and well-informed public are vital to democracy.
Catherine Luther is director of the University of Tennessee’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media. She also is the faculty advisor for the Society of Professional Journalists student chapter at UT.
Don Lindsey is retired after 39 years as Knoxville AAA public affairs director. He is active in traffic safety education, fall prevention efforts, drug abuse prevention, and other community service activities.
Kay Brookshire is a freelance writer and media consultant. She is a former reporter for the Cincinnati Post and the Kentucky bureau of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Fatima Hyder is a technical editor for Aerostar SES LLC, an Oak Ridge environmental consulting and construction-management company. She is a previous recipient of the ETSPJ scholarship, now given by the Front Page Foundation.
Annie Carr is an Executive Producer at WBIR. She’s also a lecturer for the University of Tennessee’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media and a UT alumna.
Nathan Rowell is an attorney practicing in Sevierville, Tennessee, and is also the city attorney for the City of Pigeon Forge. He is a former journalist and a graduate of the University of Tennessee.
Melanie Staten spent years in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill, at the White House as deputy assistant press secretary and at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She was a reporter at WBAL-Baltimore and for the Manassas, Virginia, Old Bridge Observer. She was manager and a performer in the Front Page Follies.
Board Member Emeritus
Georgiana Vines is a longtime Knoxville News Sentinel political writer. She has worked as a reporter, feature writer and editor with various newspapers during her 50-year career in journalism.
Alan Williams has been a radio and television news/sports anchor in the Knoxville market more than 40 years. He was a 2017 Front Page Follies honoree.
David Winstrom is the Managing Executive Producer at WVLT-TV CBS in Knoxville. He’s been in the broadcast journalism field for more than 40 years. He’s been a manager in various news operations for 30 of those years.
How to help
Support the Front Page Foundation by making a donation.