The Raleigh Public Relations Society recognizes the achievements of public relations and communication practitioners throughout North Carolina at the organization’s Annual Awards Banquet held in October.
The awards recognize and honor all practitioners who have achieved excellence in the field — from freelance practitioners to full-service agencies.
Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Excellence in Communication
The Sir Walter Raleigh Awards of Excellence in Communication showcase exemplary campaigns and tactics by public relations and communication professionals. This competition is held annually and recognizes and honors practitioners who have achieved excellence in a variety of categories, as judged by an independent panel of judges.
The Sir Walter Raleigh Awards of Excellence in Communication honor all communication professionals in North Carolina, regardless of membership or the type of business they represent.
Public relations agencies, investor relations agencies, publicists, public affairs organizations, corporation communications and marketing communications teams, nonprofits, education professionals, government organizations, solo practitioners, and students are all eligible.
Watt Huntley Award for Lifetime Achievement
The Watt Huntley Award for Lifetime Achievement is presented to an individual who has made lasting and meaningful contributions to the field of public relations over the course of a career. It is given in memory of the late Watt Huntley, who served as public relations chief at Carolina Power & Light in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Huntley also served as president of the Raleigh Public Relations Society, and so the organization’s highest honor bears his name.
The 2018 Watt Huntley Award for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Rick French: Founder, Chairman and CEO of French/West/Vaughan.