Sutton notches pro Fellowship

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyThe Town of Paradise Valley Independent and the Scottsdale Independent both reported on Aug. 30 that the National Court Reporters Association awarded Doreen Sutton, FAPR, RPR, fellowship in the Association’s Academy of Professional Reporters. Sutton is a freelance court reporter and firm owner from Scottsdale, Ariz., and NCRA Vice President. The stories were generated by a press release issued by NCRA on Sutton’s behalf.

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NCRA member in the news

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyThe Shelby County News reported on Aug. 26 that NCRA member Judith Lehman, FAPR, RMR, CRI, an official court reporter from Shelbyville, Ill., was awarded Fellowship in the Academy of Professional Reporters during the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo held in Las Vegas.

The article was generated by a press release issued by NCRA on Lehman’s behalf.

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Nominations for Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters due Dec. 31

fellows1NCRA’s Council of the Academy of Professional Reporters (CAPR) is currently seeking nominations for its Academy of Professional Reporters. Nominations are due Dec. 31. Fellows represent the pinnacle of excellence among NCRA members. They are individuals who are a credit to the reporting and captioning professions and embody the highest level of professional ethics.

“To be nominated as a Fellow is one of the highest recognitions by your peers for contribution to our profession,” said Mary Cox Daniel, RDR, CRR, CRC, a freelance reporter from Las Vegas, Nev., and chair of CAPR.

“Being nominated means a reporter has gone beyond mere membership in NCRA but has made significant contributions to our profession over an extended period of time. I consider becoming a Fellow a lifetime achievement award,” added Daniel, who was nominated in 2011.

Established in 1972, NCRA’s Academy of Professional Reporters recognizes a nominee’s outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of shorthand reporting. Candidates are required to have been in the active practice of reporting for at least 10 years and to have attained distinction as measured by performance, which includes publication of important papers, creative contributions, service on committees or boards, teaching, and more.

“A nomination as a Fellow is one of the highest recognitions our profession bestows, encapsulating an acknowledgement by your peers of your dedication to court reporting in all ways — from steno writing professional, to advocate of our profession, to being a leader,” said Kimberley A. Neeson, RPR, CRR, CRC, a freelancer and firm owner from Toronto, Canada, who was nominated in 2016.

“The nomination as a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters acknowledges the nominee’s hard work, commitment and ethics to the profession of capturing the spoken word. While many certifications acknowledge one’s skill, a nomination as a Fellow is recognition by the court reporting and captioning community of the nominee’s long-standing contributions to our profession. It is truly an honor,” she added.

“For me, nomination was affirmation and recognition from my peers that I’d had accomplishment in my chosen profession. It was profound. It means that you have served and performed to advance the profession, and that service is acknowledged and honored,” added Jason Meadors, RPR, CRR, CRC, a freelancer and firm owner in in Fort Collins, Colo., who was nominated in 2011.

A Fellow’s support of the profession can be seen in his or her activity in professional associations at the state or national level or through a number of other venues. If you know of such a person who has not been named to the Academy, now is your chance to recognize his or her contributions to the profession. View the full criteria and download a nomination form at NCRA.org/Fellows. For more information, contact Cynthia Bruce Andrews at candrews@ncra.org.

Nominations for NCRA’s Academy of Professional Reporters due Nov. 30

The 2015 Fellows class is recognized during the NCRA Convention & Expo

The 2015 Fellows class is recognized during the NCRA Convention & Expo

Induction into the Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters represents the pinnacle of excellence among NCRA members who are inducted. Nominations for members for the class of 2016 close Nov. 30.

“Members of the Academy of Professional Reporters are individuals who are a credit to the reporting and captioning professions and embody the highest level of professional ethics,” said NCRA Executive Director and CEO Mike Nelson, CAE. “Their support of the profession can be seen in their activity in professional associations at the state or national level or through a number of other venues.”

To become a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters, candidates must have actively practiced reporting for at least 10 years and have attained distinction as measured by performance. For more information about membership requirements and to download a nomination form, visit NCRA.org/fellows.

“I was in shock when I found out I had been nominated and selected to be a Fellow,” said Linda S. Hershey, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, a CART and broadcast captioner from Chattanooga, Tenn. Hershey was inducted into the 2015 class of Fellows. “It is a humbling experience when you find your career has been affirmed by your peers,” said the 40-year veteran.

Sue A. Terry, RPR, CRR, a freelance reporter from Springfield, Ohio, and a member of NCRA’s Board of Directors, said being inducted into the 2013 Fellows class will always be one of her fondest memories of her professional career.

“I have been in awe my entire career of the dedication and knowledge that every Fellow I’ve met exemplifies. If you know someone who deserves this honor, please don’t assume that someone else will do the job of nominating them,” said Terry.

She said she encourages others to be part of bestowing on other members one of the greatest professional honors they will receive, by nominating a fellow reporter they feel deserves such admiration.

“Receiving a Fellowship is something I will cherish for many years to come, and it is a great professional distinction. Be part of giving someone else that opportunity,” she said.

Inductees to the 2016 class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters will be recognized during the Awards Luncheon at 2016 NCRA Convention & Expo being held Aug. 4-8 in Chicago, Ill.

Making a living, and a difference, with a steno machine

An editorial posted in the Hamilton County Herald, on Oct. 2, showcased the career and captioning skills of NCRA member Linda Hershey, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, from Chattanooga, Tenn. The piece also notes that Hershey, whom the Association welcomed as a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters earlier this year, nearly deleted the email notifying her of the honor before she finally opened it.

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Dom Tursi honored with Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism

TursiLong-time NCRA member Dom Tursi, CM, was named recipient of the Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism during a special awards luncheon held at the Association’s 2015 Convention & Expo held July 30-Aug. 1 in New York City. Members of the 2015 class of the Academy of Professional Reporters, NCRF intern scholarship winners, and Bonni R. Shuttleworth, CRI, CPE, recipient of the 2015 CASE Award of Excellence, were also honored at the luncheon, along with Josephine Nosker, Tracey Tracy, Angeli English as the winners of the CASE essay scholarship.

The award is presented by the NCRF and is given to a working court reporter with more than five decades of experience who has given back to the profession and to the court reporting community with no expectation of any reward.

Tursi, an official court reporter from Central Islip, N.Y., has worked as a freelance reporter, an official court reporter, and a videographer. He has also been a partner in a firm, opened his own firm, founded a court reporting school, taught court reporting, provided closed captioning for clients, and reported proceedings in at least a half-dozen countries. Tursi is also the author of a number monographs and has served in many capacities at the local, state, and national levels, logging thousands of volunteer hours on behalf of court reporting.

A long-time supporter of the profession and students, he has shared his expertise as a seminar presenter for his state association and law firms, and as a lecturer and mentor to countless students. He is also a national and multi-state winner of numerous speed contests in Literary, Legal Opinion, and Q&A, and has also provided live dictation numerous times for NCRA for the RPR and other tests.

As part of NCRA’s People to People program, he served as an ambassador to China in 2007 and is credited with creating a true respect between the American and the Chinese court reporting communities.

In September 2010, he opened the Gallery of Shorthand in his own courthouse, a museum-like venue that showcases the history of the court reporting profession. The museum and its collection of artifacts are considered to be that of Smithsonian quality.

NCRA Past President passes away

NCRA Past President Leonard W. Ehlers, formerly of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and retired official court reporter of the 36th Judicial Circuit of the State of Missouri, passed away on March 27. He retired from his official court reporter position in Poplar Bluff in 1984 after 40 years of service. Ehlers was a member of the first class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters.

Fellowship of Academy Of Professional Reporters nominations open

NCRA is currently seeking nominations for its Academy of Professional Reporters. Nominations are due Nov. 30. Fellows represent the pinnacle of excellence among NCRA members. They are individuals who are a credit to the reporting and captioning professions and embody the highest level of professional ethics. Their support of the profession can be seen in their activity in professional associations at the state or national level or through a number of other venues. If you know of such a person who has not been named to the Academy, now is your chance to recognize his or her contributions to the profession. View the full criteria and download a nomination form at NCRA.org/fellows.

Academy of Professional Reporters admits seven new Fellows

NCRA announces the 2014 class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters. They are: Carole A. Bartkowicz, RPR, CMRS, of Chicago, Ill.; Donna S. Cascio, RMR, CMRS, of Somerset, Pa.; Ronald L. Cook, RDR, CRR, of Seattle, Wash.; Nancy C. Davis, RPR (Ret.), of St. Louis, Mo.; Sandra A. German, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, CRI, CPE, of Alberta, Canada; Patricia K. Graves, RDR, CRR, CCP, of Monument, Colo.; and Viola S. Zborowski, RMR, CRR, Long Valley, N.J.

Fellowship in the Academy of Professional Reporters is a professional distinction conferred upon a person with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of shorthand reporting. Candidates for Fellows are required to have been in the active practice of reporting for at least 10 years and to have attained distinction as measured by performance (which includes publication of important papers, creative contributions, service on committees or boards, teaching, and so on). They are nominated for membership by their peers.

In your association: Fellowship of Academy of Professional Reporters nominations open

NCRA is currently seeking nominations for its Academy of Professional Reporters. Nominations are due Nov. 30. Fellows represent the pinnacle of excellence among NCRA members. They are individuals who are a credit to the reporting and captioning professions and embody the highest level of professional ethics. Their support of the profession can be seen in their activity in professional associations at the state or national level or through a number of other venues. If you know of such a person who has not been named to the Academy, now is your chance to recognize his or her contributions to the profession.

View the full criteria and download a nomination form at NCRA.org/fellows.