David A. Paterson, lieutenant governor of the state of New York, was the recipient of the John Jay Award from Columbia University. Paterson, who is legally blind, is a 1977 graduate of Columbia College. The award, named after the first chief justice of the United States, is given to university alumni to honor distinguished professional achievement.

Shirley Staples Carter, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina, was named journalism administrator of the year by the Scripps Howard Foundation. The award comes with a $10,000 cash prize.