Loftis, Biddle, Roznovsky Receive BU Communications Award

Aug. 28, 1997

WACO, Texas - Jack Loftis, executive vice president and editor of the Houston Chronicle, Ann Roznovsky, marketing director of the Waco Tribune-Herald, and Hollis Biddle, special projects director of the Waco Tribune-Herald, today were presented the Baylor Communications Award at Baylor University.

The awards were presented during the President's Media Luncheon at the Ferrell Center. The award honors individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of communications. Criteria for the award requires that recipients must have worked a minimum of 10 years for their current employer; they have excelled in the field of communications; they have exhibited outstanding professional and personal qualities; and they have set excellent examples for others to follow who wish to enter the field of communications.

Loftis, a native of Hillsboro, is a 1957 Baylor graduate and was editor of the Hillsboro Daily Mirror from 1962-65. He began working at the Houston Chronicle in 1965 and became editor of "Texas Magazine" in 1970, was promoted to features editor in 1972, to assistant managing editor/features in 1974, assistant editor in 1979 and vice president and editor in 1987. He was promoted to executive vice president and editor in 1990.

Loftis is a past president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and past president of the Newspaper Features Council. He has served as president of the American Association of Sunday Feature Editors. He is a recipient of the United Way Loving Hand Award (1994), the Newspaper Features Councils' Jester Award (1992) and in 1988 was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Baylor University.

Biddle has worked at the Waco Tribune-Herald for 45 years and received the first Harlan Fentress Journalism Scholarship at Baylor in 1953. A native of Waco, Biddle was a sportswriter for the paper for more than 30 years before joining the marketing department in 1983. He now serves as special projects director.

He has won awards from the Associated Press and the Texas Sportswriters Association for writing and photography. He also serves as production manager for the Baylor Insider, a publication of the Baylor Bear Foundation.

Roznovsky joined the Tribune-Herald in 1958. A graduate of Texas Woman's University and a distinguished alumnus of TWU, she has served as general assignments reporter, police reporter, business editor, women's editor, advertising director and is the paper's first marketing director.

She has won numerous civic awards and served three terms as chair of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, two terms as chair of the Waco Parks and Recreation Board, president of Keep Waco Beautiful, chairman of the Better Business Bureau, and she began "A Storybook Christmas," a popular program that provides free books at Christmas for needy children.

Previous winners of the award include Toby Druin, editor of The Baptist Standard, and Rick Bradfield, news director of KWTX-TV in Waco.

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