Northwestern alumna granted 2014 Alumnae Award

Lydia Ramsey, Managing Editor

The Alumnae of Northwestern University will present NBC News correspondent Kelly O’Donnell an award for her professional success.

The 2014 Alumnae Award, which she will receive on Nov. 13, “recognizes a woman who has brought honor to Northwestern University through outstanding professional contributions in her field and who has attained national recognition,” according to a news release.

O’Donnell (SESP ‘87) has been with NBC News for about 20 years. She has reported around the world for NBC and now works as a Capitol Hill correspondent. Her work on the 2008 presidential campaign earned her an Emmy.

“She joins a distinguished group of women from such diverse fields as business, education, journalism, music, medicine, theatre and public service,” said Janet Bilandic (Kellogg ‘84), Alumnae board president, in a news release.

The Alumnae of NU, a volunteer organization, has presented the Alumnae Award to different outstanding graduates since 1976. Recent recipients include anthropologist Johnnetta B. Cole (Weinberg ’59, ‘67) in 2013, actress Marg Helgenberger (Communication ‘82) in 2012 and journalist Bonnie Anderson (Medill ‘77) in 2011.

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