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We mourn the loss of former Indianapolis Press Club Foundation President

Welton W. "Art" Harris II

Harris, a longtime reporter for The Indianapolis News, and later The Indianapolis Star, is at his desk in Metro North in the late 1990s. Photo by: John Flora 

Check out the coverage we recieved for out Last Row Party in the IndyStar and Indianapolis Monthly 



Jenny Labalme appears on Comcast Newsmakers


Executive Director Jenny Labalme spoke with Comcast Newsmakers about the important work at the Foundation. The interview was broadcast after CNN Headline News on June 11 & 13, 2014.










Travis Braun wins $1 million
for 2016 Doritos Super Bowl ad


Travis Braun (left) -- a three-time Thomas Keating competition finalist and a two-time 2nd place winner of the competition -- won the Super Bowl Doritos ad. Braun is a Franklin College graduate. His was the writer for the 2016 ad. Congratulations Travis!































Foundation Mourns Former Board Member Lawrence S. "Bo" Connor


The Indianapolis Press Club Foundation Board mourns the passing and celebrates the life of our longtime friend and former board member, Lawrence S. “Bo” Connor.


Bo made many contributions to the Foundation’s mission by enhancing the educations of student journalists, but his enduring passion was for the Thomas R. Keating Feature Writing Competition. Along with two friends and fellow board members – Jerry Lyst and Mike Quinn – Bo established the Keating Competition as a tribute to their friend and colleague, renowned Indianapolis Star columnist Tom Keating, who died in 1984 when he was only 45.


Under the sure and dedicated leadership of Jerry, Mike and Bo, the Keating Competition became the premier college writing contest in Indiana and has provided hundreds of young journalists with both unforgettable memories and prize money for top feature writing. Since the competition’s inception, it has awarded roughly $125,000 in cash prizes. Their memorial to a fallen friend has created opportunities for generations of aspiring Hoosier student journalists.







Bo died Feb. 28. He was 88.


The thoughts and prayers of the members of the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation and the many young people Bo helped along the way are with the members of his family and his many, many other friends.


Rest in peace, Bo.










We at the Foundation will miss Bo’s wisdom, but we also will miss his wry wit and his calm and gentle demeanor. Whatever the challenge before them, Bo had a knack – a gift – for reassuring people with his steady presence that everything was going to be all right if they just kept their heads.





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