HONORS and AWARDS
Sigma Delta Chi Award — 2002 — (National) Society of Professional Journalists. Awarded in 2002 for work published in 2001. The Sigma Delta Chi awards program is the second oldest in the US after the Pulitzer Prize.
Kentucky Colonel — 2006 — Commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism (aka, Knight Digital Media Center) — March, 2003 — (University of Southern California, Los Angeles) Selected as a fellow to study affordable housing and home ownership through the center at USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism.
Los Angeles Press Club — First Place, 2004, News/Feature Writing.
Associated Press News Executive Council — First Place, 2002, Spot News.
California Newspaper Publishers Association — First Place, 2002, Spot News.
Best of the West — First Place, 1998, Short Feature.
American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors (aka, Society for Features Journalism) — First Place, 1998, Short Feature.
National Federation of Press Women — First Place, 1993, Education Reporting.
TJ Sullivan is a literary author, investigative journalist, photographer and college instructor whose work has been published in a myriad of newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Detroit News, the latter of which he delivered while working as a paperboy during his childhood in the City of Detroit. Sullivan's writing has received many top national honors, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award, the second oldest journalism award in the United States after the Pulitzer Prize. Other state and national accolades include first-place awards from Best of the West, the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, the Associated Press News Executive Council and the Los Angeles Press Club. In 2006, Sullivan was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the home of his alma mater, the University of Kentucky. Sullivan's years as a full-time newspaper reporter were spent at several esteemed publications, including the Santa Fe New Mexican, The Albuquerque Tribune, and the Ventura County (CA) Star. Sullivan has also written for NBC Universal, The Dallas Morning News and the preeminent public affairs website LA Observed. Sullivan is frequently sought as an informative and entertaining speaker on the craft of writing, the art of investigative reporting, and the intricacies of state, county and municipal government. His presentations have been featured at professional development conferences conducted by both The Poynter Institute and the national Society of Professional Journalists. Sullivan has taught journalism courses and coached writers at UCLA's award-winning student newspaper, The Daily Bruin. He has also taught as a part-time faculty member in the Journalism Department at California State University, Northridge. And, in 2006, he was an adviser to SPJ's The Working Press, an internship program for college-level student journalists. Sullivan is currently at work on his third novel, [working title "Howard is Home from The Loop"]. He lives in Chicago, Il.
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