- Advocacy & Policy
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December 10, 2008
Journalist and pilot J.A. Donoghue who has more than 30 years covering aviation and 3,500 flight hours, is the winner of the 2008 Lauren D. Lyman Award for outstanding achievement in aviation journalism.
Donoghue is currently director of publications for Flight Safety Foundation. His career in aviation journalism started in 1976 as a staff reporter for Aviation Daily. Moving to Air Transport World in 1980, he had a number of positions before becoming editor-in-chief in 1991 and editorial director of the ATW Media Group in 2002.
Donoghue has won numerous awards for excellence in aviation journalism including the Royal Aeronautical Society Journalist of the Year recognition in 2004. A former U.S. Army helicopter pilot, his service included a year in Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division flying Bell UH-1 "Hueys" and Huey gunships. He is licensed to fly helicopters, airplanes and gliders and remains an active glider pilot.
The award is named after Lauren "Deac" Lyman, a Pulitzer-prize winning aviation reporter with the New York Times who later had a distinguished career as a public relations executive with United Aircraft, a predecessor to the United Technologies Corp. First awarded in 1972, the prize goes to a journalist or public relations professional in aviation who exhibits Lymans high standard of excellence.
UTC is the long-time sponsor of the award. "Jay's contribution to the aviation industry spans three decades," said Jay DeFrank, vice president of Pratt & Whitney communications. "His stories on air safety and technical-related developments truly exemplify the standards and skills by which Deac Lyman lived and worked."
Donoghue received the award during AIA's 44th annual Year-End Review and Forecast luncheon Wednesday.
Past Winners of the Lyman Award include a long roster of distinguished journalists and public relations executives including: Mark Sullivan (2007), David North (2006), Walter Boyne (2005), Pierre Sparaco (2002), Jim Holahan (2000), Carole Shifrin (1999),William Schoneberger (1998), Arthur Reed (1996), Jim Woolsey (1994), Philip Geddes (1993), Joseph Murphy (1992), Edward Kolcum (1991), John Taylor (1990), Philip Klass (1989), Robert Serling (1988), Howard Benedict (1987), Kenneth Weaver (1986), Dick Witkin (1985), C.V. Glines (1984), Leighton Collins (1982), Marvin Miles (1981), Eric Bramley (1980), Jerry Hannifin (1979), Devon Francis (1978), George Haddaway (1977), Vern Haugland (1976), Willis Player (1975), Bob Hotz (1974), and Wayne Parrish (1973).