News Release

Laurie E. Bick-Jensen
Director, Public Relations
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Wilmington University Alumna Dr. Maria Hess Named Top Communicator by Delaware Press Association

Press Association’s biggest award bestowed on veteran editor

Dr. Maria Hess has been named the Delaware Press Association’s Communicator of Achievement for 2013.

This is the highest honor the DPA bestows on its members. The annual award is given for a lifetime of achievement in the communications profession, recognizing exemplary service to the community and to humanity.

"I'm humbled by this award, and attribute the success of Delaware Today and our ancillary publications to a devoted and passionate team,” said Hess. "I've been a member of the DPA for a long time, and have always admired the Communicators of Achievement.  I'm not sure I deserve this award, but I am very grateful just the same."

Hess's award was presented at the annual DPA Holiday Luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Deerfield Golf and Tennis Club.

Hess is currently editor in chief of Delaware Today Magazine. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees from Wilmington University and is an adjunct faculty member.

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Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 - New Castle, DE