Recently retired Evanston Township High School journalism teacher Rodney Lowe today was named one of 12 winners of lifetime achievement awards from the Journalism Education Association.

Lowe, who served as advisor to The Evanstonian, the ETHS student newspaper, for 31 years, will be honored at the annual meeting of the national group for student newspaper advisors in April.

Lowe was nominated for the award by ETHS board member Jonathan Baum, who says that from the experience of his own children and from conversations with other Evanstonian alums and their parents, he knows that Lowe helped the students “become the best they could be.”

“Rodney Lowe,” Baum added, “is a man of courage, iwth an unsurpassed dedication to journalistic integrity and the role of a free press in our democracy, and he passes this on to all of his students.”

In 2016, Lowe, who also served as a journalism teacher in the ETHS English Department, received an award from the state board of education as one of “Those Who Excel” at ETHS.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Congratulations
    Congratulations Mr Lowe! I miss that you are no longer in the halls at ETHS, your dedication and spirit in the classroom have brought much joy to me as a mother of one of your students . It was through your amazing class, insight, love of journalism, and exceptional teaching that I got to witness my daughter embrace her journalistic endeavors. I wish you all the best, you are an example of integrity, dedication and courage, the world needs more Mr. Lowe’s. Know that your work went beyond the classroom and I am sure you will continue to pursue truth, be brave and make a positive impact in your future endeavors.

    Take Care (Eva Kennedy)

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