International PRSA Awards Have a Strong Tie to Yankee Chapter

By Liz LaRose, APR

President, Yankee Chapter PRSA

stacey smith presents JJW Award

Stacey Smith presented the Jackson Jackson & Wagner Behavioral Science Prize to Ansgar Zerfass at the PRSA International Conference in Atlanta.

Yankee Chapter’s own Stacey Smith, APR, Fellow PRSA, and senior counsel and partner at Jackson Jackson and Wagner (JJ&W) gave out one of two awards at the PRSA International Conference in Atlanta with ties to the late Patrick Jackson, APR, Fellow PRSA. Jackson, who founded the New Hampshire-based behavioral public relations firm JJ&W, was a highly-respected and nationally sought out visionary in the PR field.


Ansgar Zerfass, Ph.D.

Smith presented the Jackson Jackson & Wagner Behavioral Science Prize  to Ansgar Zerfass, Ph.D., professor and chair of strategic communication at University of Liepzig. The award, established by JJ&W in 1991, recognizes leadership in behavioral science research and its application to public relations practice.


Gary D. McCormick, APR, Fellow PRSA

The Patrick Jackson Award for Distinguished Service to PRSA was presented to Gary D. McCormick, APR, Fellow PRSA, director of corporate communications, Scripps Networks Interactive. This award recognizes a PRSA member who has significantly contributed to advancing PRSA from the Chapter to National levels, as well as furthered the Society by inspiring fellow practitioners professionally and personally.

Congratulations to both recipients!

And look for an announcement later this year on how to nominate individuals for the Yankee Chapter’s own Patrick Jackson Award. Our award recognizes a professional who is not in the public relations field, but successfully uses PR principals to benefit others.