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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media

Gloria Freeland, director

The center, located in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University, was founded in 1990. The mission of the center is to serve and strengthen the local newspapers, radio stations, cable systems and other media that play a key role in the survival and revitalization of America's small towns.

The center affirms the fact that community and communication are inseparable; you cannot have community without communications. The director of the center is Gloria Freeland, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications at K-State. She has held the position since 1998.

The center:

  • Sponsors the annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media
  • Co-sponsors the annual "Newspapers and Community-Building Symposium" in conjunction with the National Newspaper Association's annual convention
  • Supports research dealing with issues affecting community media and the health of their communities
  • Educates students about community media
  • Co-sponsors the Great Plains Radio History Symposium
  • Helps coordinate multicultural events at Kansas State University

Speakers in the series:

  • 2012: David Daryauthor, broadcast journalist, historian and educator
  • 2011: Wilma Moore-Black, assistant director/curriculum coordinator for the TRIO Communication Upward Bound program in Wichita, Kan. and 1973 JMC graduate
  • 2010: Gail Pennybacker, WJLA-TV broadcast journalist in Washington, D.C. and 1981 JMC graduate
  • 2009: Scott Kraft, editor and roving correspondent for The Los Angeles Times and 1977 JMC graduate
  • 2008: Marlin Fitzwater, press secretary under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and 1965 JMC graduate
  • 2007: Bill Buzenberg, investigative journalist for the Center for Public Integrity and 1969 JMC graduate
  • 2006: Clara Reyes, publisher and editor of Dos Mundos, a bilingual newspaper in Kansas City
  • 2005: Joe Posnanski, sports columnist for The Kansas City Star
  • 2004: Susan Edgerley, metropolitan editor for The New York Times and 1976 K-State graduate
  • 2003: Jim Richardson, photojournalist for National Geographic
  • 2002: Bill Kurtis, anchor, Arts and Entertainment network series
  • 2001: Paul Simon, U.S. senator from Illinois and director of the Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University
  • 1999: Bob Dole, U.S. senator from Kansas and 1996 Republican presidential candidate


The lecture is funded through annual donations from its generous patrons. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our 2011 patrons: 

Platinum Patrons

  • Bob and Diane Boyd, The Hill City Times, Hill City, Kan.
  • Anne and Wally Brockhoff, Linwood, Kan.
  • Robert J. “Bob” Dole, Washington, D.C.
  • Nancy Landon Kassebaum, Burdick, Kan.
  • Howard and Sharon Kessinger, The Marysville Advocate, Marysville Kan.
  • Tom and Andrea Krauss, Russell, Kan.
  • Fran and Jim Logback, The Hill City Times, Hill City, Kan.
  • Steve and Donna Logback, Manhattan, Kan.
  • Emerson Lynn, Jr., The Iola Register, Iola, Kan.
  • Cy and Gladys Moyer, Phillipsburg, Kan.
  • Gail Pennybacker, Rockville, Md.
  • Doyle and Charlotte Rahjes, Agra, Kan.
  • Edward and Ned Seaton, The Manhattan Mercury, Manhattan, Kan.
  • Ron and Chris Wilson, Manhattan, Kan. 

Gold Patrons

  • Linda Denning, Ellsworth County Independent/Reporter, Ellsworth, Kan.
  • Bill and Debbie Miller, Council Grove, Kan.
  • Monte and Doris Miller, Manhattan, Kan. 

Silver Patron

  • Ed Klimek, Platinum Broadcasting, Manhattan, Kan.
  • Jon and Lila Levin, Manhattan, Kan.
  • Renee Shaw, Nex-Tech, Inc., Lenora, Kan.