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Berry Professor Wins Jane Velez-Mitchell Journalism Award
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Berry Professor Wins Jane Velez-Mitchell Journalism Award

ROME, GA -- Berry College professor Dr. Carrie Baker has been named the first-ever honoree of the Jane Velez-Mitchell Journalism Award for her work on women's issues.

Soroptimist International Northwestern Region and the Northwest Coalition Against Trafficking announced the award, named for the host of "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell" on HLN.

"I am proud to support such an honorable and urgent cause by encouraging journalists to cover the critical issues affecting women," said Velez-Mitchell. "Fighting the 'war on women' must become a priority in our society . . . this can be accomplished only by making it a priority in our national dialogue."

Dr. Baker's primary areas of research are women's legal history, gender and public policy, and women's social movements. She recently wrote an article for Ms. Magazine titled "Jailing Girls for Men's Crimes," which highlighted the problem of child prostitution; she also writes a regular blog for the magazine.

Her book, The Women's Movement Against Sexual Harassment, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2007 and won the National Women's Studies Association 2008 Sara A. Whaley book prize.

Dr. Baker is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, where she teaches courses in sociology, women's studies and legal studies. She holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Yale University, and both a law degree and a doctorate degree in women's studies from Emory University.

"In her courses and everyday life, Dr. Baker has always shown the importance of acting to make the world a better place, and the award shows how effectively she does so. It is an inspiration," said Sociology and Anthropology Department chair Anne Lewinson.

Dr. Baker noted that the award will help her efforts to bring attention to issues of violence against women.

"I think it's important for teachers to model community engagement for their students -- to take what we learn in our research out into the world and to try to use this knowledge to raise awareness and make a difference," she said.

The Jane Velez-Mitchell Award recognizes excellence in news coverage of local, national and international significance, with a single award for either a print or broadcast journalist who uses the power of media and his or her position to highlight the ongoing violence against women and girls, whether it's domestic violence, human trafficking, kidnapping and abductions, hate crimes or other despicable acts.

Dr. Baker will receive the award on Saturday, Jan. 15 in Portland, Oregon during Soroptimist's 3rd annual Northwest Conference Against Trafficking. Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.

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