Alumna to Receive Prestigious Silver Circle Award

Posted on: February 4, 2014

Sheri-Jones-webCAS Alumna and WLNS TV 6 News Anchor Sheri Jones has been selected to receive one of the highest honors bestowed by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for her enduring contributions to the vitality of the television industry and high standards of achievement.

Jones, B.S. Communication '87, was nominated for the Michigan Silver Circle Award by her former Capital News Service adviser, Bill Cote, professor emeritus of journalism and Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame member.

"I am grateful for my education from MSU and credit it for setting the foundation for my success," said Jones, who began her career at WLNS as a news intern and worked her way into becoming mid-Michigan's first female crime beat reporter. She now anchors the 11 o'clock news and leads the station's Crimestoppers Program.

Her weekly Crimestoppers report, which focuses on crime prevention and unsolved crimes, has aided in the capture of many of mid-Michigan's most wanted felons. The program has earned her several awards, including honors from the Associated Press, Michigan Association of Broadcasters, Central Michigan Crime Prevention Association, and for four years in a row, the top media award from the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan. She also was honored by the State of Michigan as an Outstanding Advocate for Crime Victim's Rights.

Awarded each year since 1987, the Michigan Silver Circle recognizes media professionals who have devoted 25 years or more to the television industry and who have made significant contributions to the Michigan broadcast community. Honorees also give back to the community as mentors, educators and volunteers and make significant contributions to the Michigan Chapter of NATAS.

"I am humbled and honored to receive the Silver Circle Award," Jones said. "I want to thank Bill Cote for nominating me and for instilling in me the confidence early on to pursue my dream career. I want to thank the NATAS for its continued support of the television industry and for all of us who have made broadcasting our life's passion."

Jones also is an active member of several community groups including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Boys & Girls Club of Lansing and is an advocate for Child and Family Charities - Capital Area, specifically Angel House.

For her outstanding community service, she has received several prestigious awards including the ATHENA Award from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jack Breslin Walk of Life Award from Ingham Regional Medical Center, Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, Extraordinary Woman Award from the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, Delta Township Citizen of the Year and South Lansing Community Service Person of the Year.

Jones will be inducted into the Silver Circle at the 26th Annual Gold/Silver Circle Awards luncheon on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Mich.

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