2018 Newsmakers and Saidie Lifetime Achievement Winners

2018 Newsmakers 

Anna America, CEO, Child Abuse Network

News Item October 2017: America named CEO of Child Abuse Network

Anna America began her career as a newspaper reporter for the Tulsa Tribune where, among other things, she covered City Hall. She worked as a journalist for several different publications before joining the communications department at the City of Tulsa.

America has long been committed to making Tulsa a better place to live and continued to work toward that goal as her professional life turned to the nonprofit community. She served as Executive Director of both Up with Trees and Tulsa’s Communities in Schools. In her personal life, she has been a soccer coach, a Girl Scout leader, a neighborhood association president and also served on the Tulsa School Board.

In 2014, she was elected to the Tulsa City Council representing District 7. She currently serves as City Council chair. In October 2017, America was named CEO of Child Abuse Network (CAN). Established in 1986, CAN works in partnership with government and private agencies to coordinate services for child-abuse victims and their families. America says she hopes to strengthen and build those relationships with other partner agencies that bring community awareness and support, and public policy awareness to the issues of child abuse in our city. “This is kind of where my heart is,” America said. “I’ve been tilting more and more toward that sort of youth focus and giving kids opportunities.”

Cindy Hulsey, Executive Director, Magic City Books and Tulsa Literary Coalition

News item November 2017: Magic City Books opens in Tulsa Arts District

After a long career as director of adult services at the Tulsa City-County Library, Hulsey retired in 2016 to form the Tulsa Literary Coalition (TLC) in partnership with Jeff Martin, founder of BookSmart Tulsa. TLC’s mission is to “celebrate books and reading as a catalyst for reflection, exploration and connection.” The organization believes we can effect social change and bridge cultural, ethnic and religious divides through literature. TLC was invited to be the anchor retailer in the newly opened Archer building in the Tulsa Arts District.

TLC programming includes book discussion groups, literary panel discussions dealing with social and cultural issues and writing workshops and other programs. TLC’s bookstore, Magic City Books, opened in November 2017. The store’s inventory is hand-picked but diverse in content. Proceeds from Magic City Books will help fund the Tulsa Literary Coalition. “We want books to spark discussion,” Hulsey said. “We want to show people who are at all levels of reading that they can dive deeper and get to another level of enjoyment. Through reading, you can gain great empathy, understand different cultures, and we want to show how beneficial reading for pleasure is.” (Tulsa World, Oct. 31, 2017)

Dr. Kayse Shrum, President of OSU Center for Health Sciences, Dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, Saint Francis Health System Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Medical Excellence

News item, Tulsa World, November 3, 2017: OSU-CHS announces initiative to combat opioids by boosting research, opening addiction and pain clinics, and to improve physician training.

As president of the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, Dr. Shrum leads Tulsa’s only academic health center and Oklahoma’s leader in the training of health-care providers for rural and underserved Oklahoma. Promoted to her current position in 2013, she was the youngest and first female president and dean of a medical school in the state of Oklahoma.

Through technology, the Center explores ways to bring quality, accessible and affordable health care to Oklahomans who live in rural and underserved communities. Dr. Shrum says, “At OSU-CHS, we are committed to leveraging our intellectual capital, creative energy, statewide infrastructure and technological assets to bringing quality care to Oklahomans regardless of where they live.” Dr. Shrum focuses on “growing the primary care rural physician pipeline by increasing the number of medical students from rural Oklahoma, by implementing a rural-focused curriculum and by expanding rural-based residency training sites.”

In November 2017, OSU-CHS announced its plan to undertake additional research, education and treatment initiatives in an effort to combat opioid abuse and other forms of addiction under the banner of OSU’s Center for Wellness and Recovery. “Too many Oklahoma lives have been cut short from opioid overdose,” Shrum says. “Once-capable men and women find themselves unable to function at home and at work … Our vision is to become a national leader in addiction and recovery research.”

Saidie Award for Lifetime Achievement 
Carole Lambert

In 2011, after almost 30 years as news anchor for KTUL News Channel 8 in Tulsa, Carole Lambert said “that’s a wrap,” but she did not hang up her microphone or her support of college students entering the communications fields.

A few of her many awards include: Tulsa Press Club Media Icon Award; Silver Circle Society National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Oklahoma Association of Broadcaster's Hall of Fame Inductee; Best of Broadcasting Award, American Women in Radio and Television; Edward R. Murrow Emmy Award for 10 p.m. newscast; A permanent collection/exhibit of her professional life at the Pioneer Women Museum, Ponca City.

Lambert hosted and produced KTUL’s “Waiting Child” weekly reports profiling special needs children in custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services who are looking for adoptive families. The segments ran from 1990 to 2011 and as a result of the program, more than 4,000 children found adoptive homes. The series is continuing on KTUL, locating permanent families for hundreds more DHS children in need. Among her “Waiting Child” honors are the Congressional Angel Adoption Award, Adoption Excellence award by US Health and Human Services Dept., and Friend of Children award from state Institute for Child Advocacy.

In addition, Carole’s 3-month series on literacy was honored by the International Reading Association and her award-winning series “Silent Screams” raised awareness of domestic violence.

She recently provided a donation to Drury University allowing the school to upgrade its broadcast studio to “state of the art” for teaching future broadcasters. She personally coaches students in the program, judges competitions, and is active in the Drury Women’s Auxiliary, a volunteer organization supporting the needs of women students through scholarships and other programs.

Saidie Adwon, the namesake of AWC’s Saidie Award for Lifetime Achievement was general manager at KTUL and the first woman GM at a TV station of its size in the country in the early 1980s. Carole worked for and with Saidie, who interviewed her for hiring.

Please join us in celebrating the 2018 AWC Newsmakers and Saidie Lifetime Achievement Award winner on Wednesday, May 2 at Southern Hills Country Club. Tickets are available for purchase until April 25. For a list of previous award winners, please visit our Newsmakers and Saidie Award  pages.