Paul B. Clark Award


2019 Paul B. Clark Award Recipient 
Rachel McGuire, APR

The award is presented at the EPIC Awards Dinner during CAPIO’s Annual Conference to the individual who, in the judgment of the CAPIO Board of Directors, demonstrates exceptional leadership and lifetime achievement in the field through professional commitment, including the mentoring of others and fostering a greater understanding of the PIO function among colleagues, community and the media.

Nomination Information 

The CAPIO Board of Directors is soliciting nominations from members and non-members. You do not need to be a member to nominate an individual for this award; self-nominations will also be accepted. 

How to Nominate

All entries and supporting documents must be submitted electronically to CAPIO via email to [email protected].

Nominations should include a written narrative no longer than two pages in length. Supporting documents that reinforce the written narrative and demonstrate the candidate’s achievements are recommended.

In nominating a person for the award, a nominator should review the Paul B. Clark Award scoring rubric that will be used by the selection committee. A nominator might also consider:

  • The nominee’s history as a public information official or other public agency manager or elected official.
  • The nominee’s history with CAPIO, as a member, volunteer or board member.
  • Other contributions to CAPIO and the profession, including:
    • Presenting at a CAPIO workshop, CAPIO Annual Conference or other conference;
    • Hosting a regional workshop;
    • Serving as a judge for the annual Excellence in Communications Award; and
    • Mentoring other public information personnel or offering advocacy of the profession with other managers and elected officials or media.

When submitting your nomination, you may share outcome information used such as a function chart, graphics, images or links to briefings, etc. You may also provide quotes or support from colleagues, supervisors, elected officials, residents, etc. To submit supplemental information for the nomination, you may submit it online when submitting your nomination or you may email it to [email protected]

Paul B. Clark Award nominee scoring rubric

Recipient Selection

The final selection will be made by the CAPIO Board or appointed selection committee prior to the Annual Conference in April each year.  Nominees do not need to be members of CAPIO.

Award Honors

The award winner will receive a lifetime membership in CAPIO, a commemorative gift, and special recognition at the CAPIO Annual Conference. In addition, CAPIO will send a news release and supporting photograph(s) to the award winner’s employer and to local media following the announcement.


Nominations are open from January through March 8. All nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, March 8 at 5 pm.  For more information or questions, call CAPIO at 1-844-CAPIO55 or email [email protected] (Nominations for 2019 are closed)

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