South Carolina Woman Earns National Recognition for Communications Efforts
Monday, July 1st, 2019
A long-time journalist, non-profit managing director for an international organization, and media relations coordinator for a history museum has been named the recipient of the 2019 National Federation of Press Women’s President’s Award. The award is given from time-to-time by the NFPW President to recognize exceptional achievement in the communications field.
Meg Hunt, of Taylors, South Carolina, was surprised with the honor by NFPW President Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas on June 29, at the organization’s annual conference in Baton Rouge, LA.
“It is an honor to present Meg Hunt with the 2019 NFPW President’s Award,” said Wolf-Astrauskas during the ceremony. “I remember the day I first met Meg in 2007. She had an extraordinary presence about her. No matter the subject of conversation, she succeeded in helping everyone at the table understand their vision, moving it to the next level, and focus on bridging any differences with empathy and faith. Long before she was president of NFPW, Meg was a tremendous leader for our Federation. Since her term, she has remained an inspiring spirit to so many of us. I’m confident Hunt may not yet fully realize how many women she has quite literally influenced and the lives she has forever changed by her talent and courage.”
Hunt, a graduate of Wofford College, turned her degree in English into a 21-year journalism career at the then New York Times owned Spartanburg Herald Journal. During her years at the newspaper, she was a writer/copy editor; page designer and special section coordinator for the news, sports, lifestyles and advertising departments. She received numerous awards for her writing and communications work, including two Chairman’s Awards from the New York Times Company; several first-place awards for feature writing from Media Women of South Carolina and the National Federation of Press Women; recognition as “Media Person of the Year” by the South Carolina Federation for Older Americans and twice named South Carolina’s “Communicator of Achievement” for Media Women of South Carolina.
In 2005, she was elected president of the National Federation of Press Women for a two-year term, then served as director of the NFPW’s Education Fund from 2007-2009.
Hunt was recognized, in part, for her continued international humanitarian efforts as managing director of Teleios Ministry and as Special Projects/Media Relations Coordinator for the Smithsonian affiliate Upcountry History Museum.
Teleios Ministry is an international Christian non-profit organization in Greenville, SC, dedicated to helping maintain existing partnerships in Romania, Kenya and Tanzania while also working to develop additional mutually beneficial; partnerships and networks that further assist in providing resources for indigenous peoples to turn God-given visions into present-day realities. “That’s really what Teleios is all about…we help turn God-given visions into present-day realities. Whether it’s working with nearly 300 children in a space for 30 during Vacation Bible School in Kenya, finding resources to build an orphanage and secondary school and drilling a water well in Tanzania, replacing a sewer system in Romania, or coordinating the many partners and various projects in all three countries, being able to tell the story of how lives have been changed has been more than rewarding; it’s been life changing,” Hunt said in a blog interview. She produces the Ministry’s newsletters and annual Christmas Catalog.
As Special Projects/Media Relations Coordinator for the Museum, Hunt is responsible for writing media releases for upcoming exhibits; researching and writing text panels for new exhibits; and coordinating and conducting oral history interviews for the Museum’s archives.
In 1991 when Hunt became the first woman inducted into the Wofford College Athletic Hall of Fame for basketball. Wofford’s first female scholarship athlete, she established nearly every school record in women’s basketball during her four years of intercollegiate play leading the team in scoring all four years and rebounding for three years. Her career and individual accomplishments still hold in the top five of several categories today.