Journalist Deborah Evans Price Receives 2013 CMA Media Achievement Award

Journalist Deborah Evans Price Receives 2013 CMA Media Achievement Award

NASHVILLE – Freelance journalist and author Deborah Evans Price was presented the 2013 CMA Media Achievement Award in the backstage media center during “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” Wednesday night.

“I’m so honored to win the CMA Media Achievement Award this year, especially when I think of all the wonderful journalists who precede me like Chet Flippo, my beloved former bureau chief at Billboard,” said Price. “The publicists in the Country Music community are the hardest working, most caring people and such a joy to work with. I’m blessed to get up every day and write about music I love and am so touched by this recognition.”

“Deborah is respected within the industry and is highly regarded for her passion for the music, her relationships with our artists, and her creative, collaborative approach to her work,” said CMA Vice President of Corporate Communications Wendy Pearl. “Over the years, Deborah has made great contributions to the development of many artist’s careers as well as championing our legends.”

Her work has helped Country Music stay in the forefront and over the years she has been a strong supporter of CMA’s events including the CMA Music Festival and CMA Awards. Price even wrote a coffee table book on the history of the CMA Awards, which was released in 2010.

Based in Nashville, Evans Price is a frequent contributor to Billboard, Country Weekly, FIRST for Women, GospelMusicChannel.com, PEOPLE Country, HomeLife, and CMA Close Up, among other publications. A respected music industry analyst, Price has been interviewed by key media outlets, including MSNBC, CNN, the “Today Show,” ABC’s “Prime Time Live,”  the Gospel Music Channel, CMT, The Washington Post, The New York Times, among others.

A native of Richlands, Va., Price’s father was in the Air Force, and she grew up on military bases all over the world, from McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey to Kadena AFB in Okinawa, Japan. She majored in journalism at Louisiana State University in Shreveport and, while in college, worked at KTAL-TV Channel 6. During college, she began working in Country Music as a disc jockey at KRMD-FM for four years while also writing articles on Country Music for the Shreveport Times and Shreveport Journal.

A Nashville resident since 1983, Deborah began her career on Music Row as editorial assistant at Radio & Records magazine before landing the editor-in-chief post at Country News. She has served as associate editor with American Songwriter and Country/Christian editor at Billboard. She has interviewed numerous entertainers, including Ernest Tubb, Sandra Bullock, Amy Grant, Third Day, Don Henley, Jon Bon Jovi, Robert Duvall, Chris Rice, Charlie Daniels, 3 Doors Down, Kirk Franklin, MercyMe, Alan Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Bret Michaels, Switchfoot, P.O.D., and Steven Curtis Chapman.

She was a contributor to the Billboard Encyclopedia of Record Producers, profiling such music industry legends as Sam Phillips, Billy Sherrill, and Ken Nelson. She was a contributing author to The World’s Best Songwriters on Creating the Music That Moves Us.

The CMA Media Achievement Award was established to recognize outstanding achievements in the media as they relate to Country Music. Print and Internet journalists, columnists, authors, and editors; television writers, producers and bookers; and syndicated radio reporters are eligible to win this award.

CMA member publicists nominate media candidates for consideration. The top five nominees are collected and sent to the publicist panel for a second round of voting. The overall winner is presented to the Awards and Recognition Committee and then approved by the CMA Board of Directors.

Previous Winners of the Media Achievement Award:

1982 Jack Hurst

1983 Neil Hickey

1984 Dolly Carlisle

1985 Red O’Donnell

1986 No Recipient

1987 David Zimmerman

1988 Robert K. Oermann

1989 Bob Claypool

1990 Dick Heard

1991 No Recipient

1992 Mark McEwen

1993 Lynn Lester

1994 Judy Massa

1995 Clay Smith

1996 Tisi Aylward

1997 Jay Orr

1998 Chet Flippo

1999 Hazel Smith

2000 Neil Pond

2001 Harry Chapman

2002 Jim Patterson

2003 Denise Quan

2004 Alanna Nash

2005 Mark Bracco

2006 Donna Hughes

2007 Storme Warren

2008 Monica Escobedo

2009 Cynthia Sanz

2010 Beville Darden

2011 Ashley Dvorkin

2012 Jennifer Meyer and Ray Sells

By CMA