The UO School of Journalism and Communication is honored to announce this year’s Hall of Achievement (HOA) inductees, Dana Wade and Brent Walth, and the recipient of the Eric Allen Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, Andy Maser.

Established in 1998, the Hall of Achievement honors alumni and faculty members of the SOJC for their exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the field of journalism and the communities in which they live and work. The young alumnus award is named for the School’s first dean, Eric Allen, who served from 1916 until 1944. The award recognizes alumni under 40 who have made a difference in their careers.

“We are proud to honor these distinguished SOJC alumni for their outstanding achievements,” said Julie Newton, Edwin L. Artzt Interim Dean. “They inspire all of us to reach for greatness.”

Dana Wade ’83 is the chief client officer at sparks & honey, a cultural strategy and real-time content agency in New York City, which was named one of the Top 10 Agencies to Watch for 2014 by Advertising Age. In 2003, Wade was honored in the Advertising Age Women to Watch report and won an EBONY magazine Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications Award. She currently sits on the Board of Advisors on the Worldwide Workshop.

“The work that sparks & honey and Dana Wade are doing is above the curve,” said Senior Instructor in Advertising David Koranda. “The work that Dana does keeps communication entertaining and significant for consumers and brands alike.”

Brent Walth ’84 is the managing editor for news at Willamette Week, a Pultizer Prize-winning weekly based in Portland, Ore. At The Oregonian, Walth shared in the 2001 Pulitzer for Public Service for a detailed examination of problems within the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, including harsh treatment of foreign nationals and other widespread abuses. In 1994, Walth authored the highly acclaimed book, “Fire at Eden’s Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story,” a biography about Oregon’s environmental governor.

Andy Maser ’07, of Portland, Ore., won two Northwest Regional Emmy Awards for two environmental documentary films that aired on the Oregon Field Guide program in 2013. One of those documentaries also received a national Edward R. Murrow Award. He is a National Geographic Explorer and has worked for National Geographic and PBS as director of photography for numerous projects.

“Andy stands out as the best of what we do: he was an advertising major, a videographer with hybrid skills, and an invested storyteller with integrity and mission,” said Chambers Distinguished Professor of Advertising Deborah Morrison. “He is a great guy who has helped our graduates in multiple ways.”

The additions to the HOA will be inducted officially at the 17th Annual Hall of Achievement Dinner on Friday, Nov. 7 at the Cheryl Ramberg Ford and Allyn Ford Alumni Center on the University of Oregon campus. Maser will also be honored at this event.

Advance ticket purchase is required for the awards dinner: $130 per person or a sponsor table for $1,000. A portion of each ticket supports the Hall of Achievement Student Scholarship Fund. Deadline to RSVP is Oct. 31, 2014.

For more information about this event, please contact Erika Vogt, events manager, at