Bleyer gets national SPJ award

Press Club of Long Island Treasurer Bill Bleyer has been named a recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists‘ Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award, which salutes individual members who have made significant contributions to their SPJ chapters and regions.

Bleyer, a former SPJ regional director and past PCLI president, was SPJ’s national volunteer of the month in February and co-chaired the 2012 Region 1 Spring Conference at Stony Brook University.

Bleyer has served on the PCLI board for 30 years, making him its longest serving board member.

“I’m so happy Bill has been recognized by SPJ for the outstanding effort he makes on behalf of the Society and PCLI members every day,” said PCLI President Dominick Miserandino. He’s an amazing journalist, colleague, and friend whose work is mostly done behind the scenes. We’re proud that the Society’s members now know what we’ve known all along.

Bleyer has been a staff writer at Newsday since 1981. He was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for spot news coverage of the 1997 crash of TWA Flight 800. He also has taught as an adjunct professor of communications at Hofstra University.

The Howard S. Dubin award is named for a longtime SPJ member who remains active with the national organization, local chapters and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the educational arm of SPJ. Annually, one award is given to someone from a chapter with fewer than 75 members, and one to a member from a chapter with more than 75 members.

Bleyer will be recognized Sept. 22 during the President’s Installation Banquet at the Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hosted by SPJ and the Radio Television Digital News Association.

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