From: Aviation Week
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2005
Aviation Week & Space Technology senior editor Craig Covault has received the 2005 Harry Kolcum Memorial News and Communications Award for lifetime achievement from the National Space Club Florida Committee. The award recognizes journalists and public relations professionals for excellence in their ability to "communicate the space story" to the nation and the world. In addition, the NASA space shuttle return-to-flight Kennedy news center team was also honored with the group's public affairs award.
"It's an honor to be recognized by the space community," said Covault. "Cape Canaveral/Kennedy Space Center is one of the most vital locations in space news globally, drawing top reporters from all over the world. It has also been a place where Aviation Week & Space Technology had the foresight to open a bureau in the early 1960s in order to give the space program its proper coverage, which we have successfully done through Harry Kolcum's tenure and whose legacy was passed to me nine years ago."
The Award was named after the late Harry Kolcum, a founding member of the National Space Club Florida Committee and AW&ST managing editor, who opened its Cape Canaveral bureau during project Mercury.
Covault has written more than 2,500 major stories during almost 35 years at AW&ST. Among the many honors he received was the 2004 Airbus Decade of Excellence Award presented jointly by the Royal Aeronautical Society and l'Aero-Club de France.
From 1972 to 1992, Covault was AW&ST's senior space technology editor, and from 1992 to 1996, he served as the publication's Paris bureau chief. He assumed his current post at Cape Canaveral in 1996.
Covault has filed stories from 20 countries and written extensively from Russia, Japan and China, in addition to Europe. He began his career in 1969, covering the Apollo moon landing project under grants from Reader's Digest.
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