mi_ai_parrishCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – Kansas City Star President and Publisher Mi-Ai Parrish is the 2013 Journalism Alumna of the Year. Parrish – who graduated from the Merrill College in 1992 – will join other honorees from colleges and schools across campus to receive her award during the 13th annual Alumni Association Award Gala the evening of Friday, Oct. 25. The event at the Riggs Alumni Center is being held as part of Homecoming activities.

“It is a great honor to be recognized as the alumna of the year,” said Parrish. “It is something I will treasure. The knowledge and skills I learned at the University of Maryland are the building blocks of my career.”

Parrish, a Korean American, is the first woman to serve as publisher of The Kansas City Star in its 133-year history.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award does more than honor its recipients. It further illustrates the value of Merrill’s academic programs and increases the pride for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and the University of Maryland.  It also demonstrates and celebrates the power of the Maryland experience and recipients serve as examples for future Merrill College students.

“Mi-Ai Parrish is remarkable for her quick assent from copy editor and reporter at the Virginian-Pilot to president and publisher of one of the largest news organizations in America,” said Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish.  “For someone her age to have such an amazing career helps her serve as a role model for all Merrill College students. Mi-Ai’s  time in College Park as a journalism major and editor-in-chief for the Diamondback provided the foundation for her success and we are thrilled to honor her during the Alumni Award Gala.”

Criteria for selecting alumni for this award includes:

  • Professional Achievement – Candidates should have attained prominence in their chosen careers and their work should form a record of accomplishment.
  • Service – Candidates should demonstrate commitment to service through an interest in bettering the lives of others through volunteer efforts.
  • Integrity and Character – Candidates should exhibit personal integrity and character.

Parrish also plans to meet with Merrill students Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the Gene Roberts Room (Knight Hall 3202). Lunch will be served.


Philip Merrill College of Journalism Distinguished Alumnus Award
University of Maryland Alumni Association Awards Gala