Jennifer Hartmann Brinker, ’95 - Journalism
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The girls who were classmates of Jennifer Hartmann Brinker will not be surprised that she is being presented with the 2011 Hall of Fame Journalism Award. While at IWA, Jennifer served on the student newspaper all four years, beginning with her first major role as sports editor and ending her four-year commitment as editor in chief. She recalls with gratitude Joyce Taylor's "no-nonsense” approach to running the paper. "She had complete confidence in the staff and encouraged us to become creative with our work,” Jennifer says. She also attributes her way of combating "writer's block” to Jim Johnson. "He offered me a piece of advice that I still carry with me to this day. He said, ‘write what you want to say' and anytime I suffer from writer's block, I think back to that simple statement, and somehow the words come to me.” Jennifer's professional career in Journalism has been closely associated with the St. Louis Review, the St. Louis Archdiocesan weekly newspaper. While at the Review, Jennifer has covered many major religious events, from Pope John Paul II's pastoral visit to St. Louis in January, 1999 to the Consistory in Rome in 2010, the event during which the Pope elevates new members to the College of Cardinals. Along the way, she has received several awards from the Catholic Press Association for writing and for layout/design work for the Review, as well as the Cardinal John J. Carberry Award for achievement in pro-life activities. Jennifer considers her greatest achievement to be the birth of her daughter Lauren Julia on January 17, 2010. Jennifer and her husband, Scott, count Laura as one of NaPro's most precious success stories. NaPro is a medicine-based health science that monitors and maintains a woman's reproductive and gynecological health in accordance with the tenets of Catholic doctrine.