The Joseph M. Murphy Award is given for exemplary service to the Association.
1998 — Nick Ferentinos, retired adviser, Saratoga, CA
1999 — Mark Goodman, director, Student Press Law Center, Arlington, VA
2000 — Helen Smith, director, New England Scholastic Press Association; Newton, MA
2001 — Laura Schaub, director, Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association, Norman, OK
2003 — Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver, past president, College Media Advisers and past president, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Miami, FL
2005 — C. Randy Stano, University of Miami, Miami, FL
2006 — Charles R. O'Malley, former director, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, New York, NY
2007 — Richard P. Johns, executive director, Quill & Scroll, Iowa City, IA
2008 — Arlene Morgan, associate dean, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY
2009 — Robert Greenman, educator and mentor, Brooklyn, NY
2010 — Kathleen D. Zwiebel, publications adviser, Pottsville, PA
2011 — C. Bruce Watterson, education consultant, retired journalism adviser, Rome, GA
2012 — Mark Murray, executive director of the Association of Texas Photography Instructors, Arlington, TX
2013 — Diana Mitsu Klos, media strategist, Washington, DC
2015 — Linda Shockley, managing director, Dow Jones News Fund, Princeton, NJ
2016 — Frank LoMonte, director, Student Press Law Center, Washington, DC
2018 — Randy Yeip, deputy graphics director, Wall Street Journal, New York, NY
2019 — Pete LeBlanc, teacher/adviser, Antelope High School, Antelope, CA.
2020 — Jenny Dial Creech, managing editor, The Athletic Houston, Houston, TX.