Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Awards

“It’s like coming back home,” Klein College of Media and Communication alumnus Fred Stein had to say about returning to Temple University’s campus.

The Klein College alumnus came back to Temple for the school’s biggest honor: the Lew Klein Alumni and Excellence in the Media Awards.

The awards were created by the generosity of H.F. (Gerry) and Marguerite Lenfest and Walter and Leonore Annenberg through the Annenberg Foundation to celebrate impressive and outstanding members of the media.

Six accomplished alumni were chosen to join the Klein College Alumni Hall of Fame at the Lew Klein awards ceremony. Including this year’s honorees, 17 media professionals have been selected as excellence in the media honorees, and 132 alumni have joined the school’s hall of fame. Six “Rising Star” alumni have been honored to highlight the achievements of young alumni.

This year’s alumni honorees include:

Marsha Cooke, ’87 – Senior vice president of content strategy and community at VICE Media

Jim Gallagher, ’78 – Retired, former vice president and general manager at Comcast Spotlight

David Maialetti, ’89 – Staff photographer with The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News

Tifani Roberts, ’91 – Journalist at Univision

Fred Stein, ’72 – Senior partner in The Creative Group

Rising Star: Will Yip, ’08 – Founder and head of A&R, Black Cement Records; owner, Memory Music; and partner, Studio 4 Recording

Broadcasting pioneer Lew Klein is proud to represent a school with such a strong presence in the media. “Each one in his or her way really has been a great compliment to us, the school,” he says.

Faculty and staff were in attendance including host luncheon Professor Amy Caples and Klein College dean, David Boardman.

“This is the highlight of our year, every year. Recognizing the achievements of students, recognizing our remarkable alumni and the things they’ve done since leaving Temple,” Dean Boardman states.

Also honored was the Emmy-award winning broadcaster and NBA legend Charles Barkley. He took the stage as this year’s Lew Klein Excellence in the Media recipient.

Barkley thanked his colleagues in both worlds of communication and basketball, before going on to share how proud he was to be the recipient of a such a prestigious award.

Temple Update asked Barkley what it was like to be recognized by Lew Klein and his college. “It’s pretty special for them to give me this award, but it’s really for all the people I work with.”

Everyone had a chance to take a step back and truly recognize the exceptional work of these distinguished media professionals.

“Always we have one amazing, celebrity person, who’s willing to give up their time, energy, and effort to be here, and to share time with our students,” Dean Boardman shared.

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