Joanie Award

Uniting Against Lung Cancer honors news writer Joan Scarangello’s memory by recognizing exceptional broadcast and print journalism about lung cancer. Joan, for whom UALC’s founding partner Joan’s Legacy was named, believed news organizations need to tell the important stories about lung cancer. To honor those news organizations, UALC presents the Joanie Award.

2011: Chris Ballard and Sports Illustrated

Chris Ballard and Sports Illustrated highlighted the issue of lung cancer in women and nonsmokers in “The Courage of Jill Costello." 

Chris Ballard has been on staff at Sports Illustrated for over 10 years and has written more than a dozen cover stories, as well as columns and features on awide array of subjects. He is the author of three books, with his fourth scheduled to be released in June of 2012, and has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, among other publications. His work has twice been anthologized in the Best American Sports Writing series.

The SI franchise is anchored by Sports Illustrated, the most respected voice in sports journalism which reaches a weekly audience of nearly 21 million adults, and, our 24/7 sports news website that delivers up to the minute news, scores, statistics and in-depth analysis.

2010: Heather Unruh and WCVB-Boston

Heather Unruh and WCVB-Boston highlighted the issue of lung cancer in women and nonsmokers in broadcast magazine “Chronicle” with their series “The Deadliest Enemy” Heather Unruh is co-anchor of WCVB-TV early- and late-evening newscasts. Before assuming her current role in March of 2008, Unruh was co-anchor of the EyeOpener and NewsCenter 5 at 5, and also served as medical reporter. Unruh joined the station in June 2001.

WCVB-TV, a Boston-area affiliate of ABC, was recently named "Station Of The Year" by the regional Associated Press/Radio Television Digital News Association. NewsCenter 5 was also presented with the award for Overall Excellence in the prestigious Edward R. Murrow regional award competition.

2009: Mark Roth Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mark Roth of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was awarded the Joanie for the June 2009 articles “Does lung cancer get short shrift?” and “Lung cancer patient takes aggressive tack. Responds to new therapy, comes to grips with outlook.” The Joanie Committee noted the overall high quality of this year’s submissions, which is an encouraging sign of progress in coverage of the disease. Mr. Roth’s articles were chosen because of the new elements about the disease, the funding environment, and the reasons lung cancer deserves more attention.

Mark Roth has been on staff at the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette for over 25 years in the roles of both writer and editor. As the paper’s first full-time science editor, Roth had significant impact in shaping that area of the paper. Currently devoting all of his time to writing, Roth primarily focuses on health and science issues, including a monthly series called “The Thinkers” and a daily blog highlighting provocative ideas titled “That’s Fascinating.”

2008: Ladies' Home Journal and Christopher Andersen

Ladies' Home Journal and Christopher Andersen were the joint winners of the 2008 "Joanie Award" for highlighting the issue of lung cancer in women and nonsmokers in the August "Health Journal". That Journal included an excerpt from Mr. Andersen's book, Somewhere In Heaven: The Remarkable Love Story of Dana and Christopher Reeve, that described Dana Reeve's valiant fight with lung cancer, and an informative sidebar, "Why Nonsmokers Get Lung Cancer."

"We applaud Mr. Andersen for increasing the world's understanding of what it feels like to face a lung cancer diagnosis through the eyes of courageous Dana Reeve, and Ladies' Home Journal for highlighting this chapter to get out the facts about lung cancer, including in never smokers, and increasing awareness of the disease!" said Susan C. Mantel, Executive Director.

2007: Lauren Terrazzano, Newsday

Newsday writer Lauren Terrazzano received the 2007 "Joanie Award" for excellence in journalism related to lung cancer.  Ms. Terrazzano won the "Joanie Award" for her series in Newsday, “Life with Cancer.” Writing about her own experiences as a lung cancer patient, of cancer patients overall, and of the marketing and research environment around lung cancer, her work is an excellent representation of the type of journalism that the Foundation fosters.

"Through her efforts, the lung cancer community has been represented by a brilliant, honest voice, and the broader community has been educated on issues of relevance to us all," said Susan C. Mantel, Executive Director.

 "Life, with Cancer - the Lauren Terrazzano Story" is a biography written by Lauren's father, Frank Terrazzano. Frank is determined to shed light on lung cancer, pay tribute to his daughter. Find out more about the book here. Proceeds from book sales will benefit lung cancer research and a scholarship fund in Lauren's name at Columbia University.

2006: "Anderson Cooper 360°" CNN producer Audrey Gruber and the entire staff

CNN producer Audrey Gruber and the entire staff of “Anderson Cooper 360°” received the 2006 "Joanie Award" for excellence in journalism related to lung cancer.

Ms. Gruber and her team won the "Joanie Award" for their special, “Lung Cancer: The Quiet Killer.” Broadcast March 7 in the wake of the death of Dana Reeve, this two-hour broadcast used a combination of taped segments, live guests and viewer phone calls to bring to light a disease that is taking the lives of tens of thousands of women, including those who have never smoked.

“Using truth, accuracy and compassion, the CNN team from “Anderson Cooper 360°” created an important report that shone a spotlight on a disease that – despite its deadliness and prevalence – has been largely ignored,” said Patrick T. McNeive of ABC News, president of Joan’s Legacy and chairman of the Foundation’s Joanie Award Committee. “In the finest tradition of broadcast journalism, this CNN team, under the direction of Audrey Gruber, told a complete story about a complex topic, including personal stories of triumph and loss, scientific reports on news from the lung cancer research front, and medical advice for viewers concerned about the risks of the disease.”

2005: Robert L. Pollock, The Wall Street Journal

On November 15, 2005, Joan's Legacy awarded its "Joanie Award" to Robert L. Pollock, Senior Editorial Page Writer for The Wall Street Journal, for excellence in journalism related to lung cancer.

Mr. Pollock won the "Joanie Award" for a series of editorials about the tremendous FDA-influenced challenges to cancer patients, including lung cancer patients, in accessing potentially life-saving drugs, including the targeted lung cancer therapy Iressa. In the finest tradition of advocacy journalism, Mr. Pollock proposed a new paradigm for the testing of cancer drugs that would do away with the placebo trials that many experts find ineffective and leave countless cancer patients without drugs and with little hope of survival. This series reflects his work over the past several years to make cancer drugs more readily available to seriously ill patients—work that has already had a tangible impact that will extend and save lives.

In 2003, Mr. Pollock was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the editorial writing category for "his clear, compelling editorials on the Food and Drug Administration's delay in approval of new cancer drugs." That same year he won the “Special Media Award for Helping Others” by the Abigail Alliance for Better Access to Development Drugs. In his 10 years with The Wall Street Journal, the Buffalo, NY native has served as an editor and editorial writer in the US and abroad.

2004: Dr. Timothy Johnson, ABC News, Medical Editor

On November 16, 2004, Joan’s Legacy awarded its "Joanie Award" for Lifetime Achievement to ABC News Medical Editor Dr. Timothy Johnson. This award recognized Dr. Johnson’s distinguished 30-year career in medical journalism, during which he has contributed many of the most important stories about lung cancer. Charles Gibson of “ABC’s Good Morning America” presented the award to Dr. Johnson.

Dr. Johnson has been providing commentary on medical problems and answers for viewers of ABC News since the debut of “Good Morning America” in 1975. He joined ABC News full-time as Medical Editor in 1984 and has achieved distinction as one of the nation’s leading medical communicators of healthcare information. His excellent reporting for “World News Tonight,” “Nightline,” “20/20,” and “Good Morning America” has earned him the trust of millions of Americans and national critical acclaim.

Dr. Johnson holds joint positions in medicine at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, placing him in the mainstream of the nation’s top medical resources. He is also the founding editor of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter and co-editor of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter Book. He is the co-editor of the book Your Good Health, published by Harvard Press, as well as co-author with former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop of the book Let’s Talk, published by Zondervan in 1992.

Originally headed for the ministry, he graduated in 1963 from the North Park Seminary, but two years later decided to enter medicine. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Augustana College, he graduated summa cum laude from Albany Medical College and holds a Master’s degree in public health from Harvard University.

Dr. Johnson has won many awards for excellence in medical reporting over his celebrated career, and now joins us in honoring Joan Scarangello’s memory by accepting the "Joanie Award" for Lifetime Achievement.

2003: Robert Bazell, NBC News, Chief Health and Science Correspondent

On November 18, 2003, Joan’s Legacy awarded its first "Joanie Award" to Robert Bazell, Chief Health and Science Correspondent for NBC News. This special Lifetime Achievement "Joanie Award" recognized Mr. Bazell’s celebrated 30-year career, during which he has contributed many of the most important stories about women and lung cancer.

In accepting the "Joanie Award" at a ceremony during the Foundation’s Strolling Supper with Blues and News, Mr. Bazell said:  “The cause for which you are working and we are here tonight is critical. I have been covering science and medicine for a long time now, and I can tell you that lung cancer remains the backwater of medical treatment and medical science. You can count on just barely over one hand the number of drugs that are available to treat lung cancer. People that get lung cancer are treated like pariahs, a terrible situation that persists.

You make a lot here of the fact that Joan Scarangello never smoked a cigarette. That is true for maybe 10-percent of the people who get lung cancer. I know that in your efforts you will not leave behind the other 90-percent who certainly should not be blamed for this horrible disease. The fact that they’re blamed is one of the reasons why there are so few resources for lung cancer compared to other cancers, that get more attention and an enormous number more in per capita research dollars.

This year, 68,000 women will die from lung cancer; 86,000 men will die this year from lung cancer – an astounding toll, bigger than so many other diseases combined.  Joan’s Legacy couldn’t have a better cause, and you couldn’t have an award in the name of a better person. I thank you very much for honoring me.”