Pamela LeBlanc '86, fitness writer for the Austin American-Statesman, will be at Cowboys Stadium today to receive a Barbara Jordan Media Award for her story "Soldiering Forward," about Mike Davis, a former Army Ranger -- and also an Aggie -- who was partially paralyzed in a 1995 training accident and concentrated on sports afterward as a way to adapt.
The Jordan awards, given by the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities, "acknowledge print, broadcast and Internet media professionals who accurately and positively report on individuals with disabilities."
Maintaining my usual veil of impartiality, I can tell you that Pam LeBlanc is a fantastic writer and reporter, as energetic as you would guess from her fitness column but also organized and prolific to such a degree that you could put out a paper with one reporter, if that reporter was Pam. She walks her fitness talk -- and bikes, runs and swims it, too. The woman is everywhere; if you've heard about it, Pam's already gotten it into the paper (or into a blog, tweet or video). It is so great to watch her work; she's an inspiration.
And she's gonna whack me upside the head for saying all this, so let me just close by saying I don't know anybody who cares more about their craft than Pam, and I'm a huge fan of hers. A totally impartial, unbiased fan, of course. Congratulations on your award, Pam!