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The Professional Achievement Award is PRAM’s top honor and recognizes excellence in the field of public relations.


It is presented to a public relations practitioner and PRAM member whose accomplishments have made a major contribution to the profession. Recipients embody the highest degree of professionalism, serve their communities, are committed to advancing the profession and have outstanding achievements in the practice of public relations.

A panel of public relations practitioners evaluate the nominations and make a selection based on the following criteria:

  • Career Accomplishments

  • Professional Achievements including PRAM/SPRF involvement and other professional activities

  • Accreditation and other continuing education

  • Community activities

Learn more about the PRAM Professional Achievement Awards.

PRAM Central State PRAM Professional Achievement Award Winners: 

  • Christian Patterson, APR+M (2018)

  • Mara Hartmann, APR (2015)​

  • Susan Christensen, APR (2011)

  • Caron Blanton, APR (2007)

  • Carl Crawford, APR (2005)

  • Sheila Skipper, APR (2001)

  • Yvonne Sorge, APR (2000)

  • Dr. Deiedre McGowan, APR, CAE (1998)

  • Janice Gough Baddley (1996)

  • Philip Shirley, APR (1992)


Congratulations to our PRAM Central 2023 PRism Award Winners! 🏆

The PRism awards began in 2003 as a way to honor and recognize outstanding work in the field of public relations by professionals within the state of Mississippi.


The awards are judged by professionals outside the geographical boundaries of the Southern Public Relations Federation — Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana. The highest award honor goes to the PRism winners, followed by Awards of Excellence and Certificates of Achievement.  The judges honor one “Best of Show” and select two entries for “Judge’s Choice” Awards.

PRism award winners are announced at the annual PRAM state conference during the PRisms Awards Banquet that celebrates PRAM professionals throughout the state of Mississippi.

Learn more about the PRAM PRism awards.

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