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Hank Nuwer retirement story: Daily Journal

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Hank Nuwer, professor emeritus at the college, is one of nine faculty and staff members who retired this year. Prior to teaching journalism, Nuwer was a journalist himself, covering some of the landmark events of the 1960s for the Putnam County Courier in New York.

“In the late ‘60s I was with the Putnam County Courier; the stories were amazing,” Nuwer said. “I covered Woodstock, the (Apollo 11) astronauts’ parade in New York City (and) I covered the Washington Peace March. During the ‘60s, I was really interested in journalism.”


….It was at Ball State University where Nuwer made one of his greatest marks in the teaching profession, he said.

“I spent four years at Ball State and I’m in the Ball State Journalism Hall of Fame,” said Nuwer, who was inducted in 2010. “We won national awards for our publication, both the Pacemaker Award and the Gold Circle Columbia Scholastic Press Association Award. Three years we had Pacemakers, and one year we tied the University of Texas and Vanderbilt (University) for the best publication in the country. We had a $4,000 budget for the year.”

The Pacemaker Award is the top award given to college publications.

When Nuwer left Franklin College in June, he had worked there for 18 years, teaching both journalism and sports communication. During that time, he wrote dozens of literary works, including plays, books and essays, several of which are focused on hazing, a subject he has written about since 1978, after a student at one of the colleges he attended died in a hazing incident, Nuwer said.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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