You’re Invited to the 2022 Touchstone Awards

Join us to celebrate our 50 year anniversary!

The Press Club of Toledo cordially invites you to attend the 2022 Touchstone Awards to honor those who made a difference in the past year.



$65 Press Club Member
$75 Non-Member/Public
$45 Student

The Press Club of Toledo would like to thank our generous sponsors for supporting the Touchstone Awards and the future of journalism through our annual scholarship program that recognizes student journalists at The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University.

Press Club of Toledo Calls for Touchstone Award Nominations

Press Club of Toledo announced today the public call for nominations for the 2022 Touchstone Awards.

For the past 24 years, the Press Club of Toledo honors the best of journalism and community service in the Toledo area at the Touchstone Awards.

“The Touchstone Awards are an incredible way to highlight the amazing talent we have here in the Toledo community and to showcase the importance of quality, local journalism and public awareness,” said Candice Harrison, president of the Press Club of Toledo.

This year’s award categories include:

  • Print- Daily
    • Hard News
    • Feature
    • Sports
    • Arts & Entertainment
  • Print- Non-Daily
    • Hard News
    • Feature
    • Sports
    • Arts & Entertainment
  • Photojournalism
    • Videography
    • Print
  • Television
    • Hard News
    • Feature
    • Sports
    • Arts & Entertainment
  • Radio
    • Single Report
    • Show/Series
    • Sports
    • Podcast
  • Best Use of Social Media
  • Best Use of Digital Media (Blogs, Websites, Non-Broadcast Video, the Arts)
  • Student
    • Television
    • Radio/Podcast
    • Print
    • Social or Digital Media
    • Photojournalism
  • Best Public Relations Campaign (public relations, crisis communications or community awareness campaign)

The nomination form can be found at Entries are due by Aug. 30, 2022.

The 24th annual Touchstone Awards Ceremony will be held on Oct. 4, 2022 at the Valentine Theatre.

Join Us For Upcoming Mixers

Join the Press Club of Toledo for the first of several planned mixers on Thursday, May 12.

Come mix and mingle with the Press Club at The Alleyway, 28 N. Erie St. from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Press Club mixer events are a great opportunity to mingle with media, public relations and marketing professionals and learn more about what the Press Club does for the community.

Additional mixers are planned for 2022. Mark your calendar now to join us Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. for a public event at Toledo Spirits, 1301 N. Summit St., and Thursday, Nov. 10 from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. for a members only event at Tolhouse, 1447 N. Summit St.

Press Club Inducts Candice Harrison President

Candice Harrison was inducted as the first Black president of the Press Club of Toledo at the board’s February meeting.

Harrison, who has served as external communications manager for Toledo Public Schools since 2017, recently announced she will soon begin a new career journey as corporate director of diversity, equity and inclusion with SSOE Group.

Harrison also is the owner of Synergy Engagement, a strategic communications, public relations, and engagement firm, and is a communication instructor at The University of Toledo. A communications leader in the Toledo community, Harrison has previously led communication efforts at the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Zoo and The University of Toledo Medical Center.

In addition to the Press Club of Toledo Board of Directors, she currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Rotary Club of Toledo and the Arts Commission. She is also a member of the Toledo chapter of Links, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Toledo chapter of Jack and Jill of America, where she serves as vice president.

Read more about Harrison in The Blade’s Press Club of Toledo gets a new president, while a new jazz club makes its mark by Barbara Hendel.

Candice Harrison

2021 Touchstone Awards are in the Books!

The 2021 Touchstone Awards were held virtually on October 21. More than 80 people attended to celebrate the best in community service and local journalism. We thank Dr. Nicole Kraft for a thought-provoking keynote address! You can watch a quick summary of the event or enjoy the entire event! Congratulations to all the winners!

Touchstone Winners

Touchstone Contributor Award
Meg Ressner & Richard Hylant

Touchstone Lifetime Award
The Lavalley Family

Touchstone Lifetime Award
Billie Johnson

Golden Touchstone Award
Rhonda Sewell

Golden Touchstone Award
Fletcher Word

Norm Cartwright Award
Ron Royhab

Print Daily – Hard News
Sarah Elms, Brooks Sutherland and Danielle Gamble, The Blade

Print Daily – Feature
Mary Bilyeu, The Blade

Photojournalism – Videography
JD Pooley

Photojournalism – Print
Jeremy Wadsworth, The Blade

Television – Hard News

Television – Feature
Eric Oblander, BCAN

Radio – Show/Series
Deepa Bhujbal

Kaitlin Durbin and Phillip Kaplan, The Blade

Social Media
BCAN Pulse

Student – Television
Spring 2021 UT:10 Crew, The University of Toledo

Student – Print
Riley Runnells, Ohio University

Scholarship Winners
Caleb Gill, The University of Toledo
Ryan Dick, Bowling Green State University