Golden Touchstone Award: Mary Alice Powell

The Press Club of Toledo is proud to honor Mary Alice Powell with a Golden Touchstone for her contribution to journalism in our region.

Ms. Powell’s career is marked by two qualities that rarely are seen together.  She was a trailblazer who also had a long career.

In other words, she spent 41 years as the Food Editor of The Blade…a job she created.  

Ms. Powell compiled and edited cookbooks, reviewed restaurants, produced food demonstration shows, and food fairs.  She worked without an assistant…any shopping, cooking, baking, plating, and staging was done by her as well.  Her writing ensured that food was part of the area’s conversation–not just as a necessity to life, but for its cultural, historic and aesthetic qualities as well.

Perhaps most importantly of all, though, is that she refers to her career as a “41-year love affair” with the readers of The Blade.

The Press Club thanks Mary Alice Powell for her years of outstanding work in the field of journalism.  She elevated the profession and we are proud to recognize her.