Society Recognizes Dorsey with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Society for News Design recognized  Steve Dorsey of the Austin American-Statesman with its Lifetime Achievement Award on the final evening of its 37th Annual Workshop in Washington, D.C.

The award, the Society’s highest individual honor, is presented for a significant body of work that has had lasting influence on the field of visual journalism; extraordinary service to SND and its members; or a combination of both.

Dorsey was officially honored at an awards gala on Saturday, April 11, at the Newseum. He is the 24th Lifetime recipient.

Presenting Dorsey his award were Lifetime Achievement recipients Bill Gaspard, the design director of China Daily, and Deborah Withey, the influential designer, art director and artist.

The award was first bestowed upon visual journalism pioneer Mario Garcia in 1993. All previous honorees and their citations can be found here.

Our sincere congratulations to Steve for his contributions to our craft. Watch and read more about his remarkable career below.

Steve Dorsey
Vice President/Innovation and Planning
Austin American-Statesman

Steve works on product development and project planning; he joined the Statesman in 2013. He came from the Detroit Media Partnership where he was VP for R+D, after working 11 years in the Detroit Free Press newsroom in numerous roles, culminating as the deputy managing editor/presentation + innovation.

Steve was the 2011 president of the Society for News Design. He’s been a speaker at news and design conferences internationally, a visiting professor at Syracuse University, a recurring visiting faculty member at The Poynter Institute, and a frequent consultant and coach in many newsrooms. He was a newsroom leader at the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader — named one of SND’s World’s Best-Designed™ in 1998. Before that he worked at the York (Pa.) Daily Record, The Syracuse (N.Y.) Newspapers, and the Norwich (N.Y.) Evening Sun.

Steve is a Syracuse University grad. He’s held numerous positions within the Society and has presented at SND-affiliate conferences: highlights include the VII Cumbre Mundial de Deseño en Prensa held in Mexico City (2011), the first-ever SND Design event in the Middle East at the American University of Sharjah (near Dubai, UAE); the four-day SND-Chinese News Page Design Boot Camp (Hangzhou, China); the IFRA Conference on Design (Paris); and the Malofiej International Information Graphics Summit (Pamplona, Spain).

Steve is a news and culture junkie. When he’s not working, he enjoys playing golf, poker and Xbox — although any success is purely accidental.

He is married and lives in Austin, Texas.