Jack Barry Communications Award

The Jack Barry Communications Award is named for Jack Barry, arguably one of Vermont’s premier 20th century communicators. On television and during his radio show, Barry provided a platform for individuals in recovery from mental health conditions and substance use disorders, and he was a powerful advocate about the importance of recovery. As a Vermont State Senator, he reminded us all that individuals can and should speak out publicly on behalf of all Vermonters.

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2020 Jack Barry Award Winner

Every year the Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery gives out the Jack Barry Communications Award during Recovery Day at the statehouse in Montpelier, to an individual or group who has done a powerful job in communicating recovery. This year, the award was given to Kate O’Neill and Seven Days for Kate’s series “Hooked.”

Kate O’Neill’s series “Hooked” in Seven Days was a clear winner for the Jack Barry Communications Award presented this year at Recovery Day. Each installment inspired, educated, brought awareness, compassion and stigma-free information to help the state of Vermont grapple with substance use disorder, loss, and recovery in Vermont. 

Receiving the award, is Cathy Resmer (left), Deputy Publisher from Seven Days and Maura (right), Kate O’Neill’s sister. 

Past Jack Barry Award Recipients

Aspen Health

Michael Poster and the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

Michael Casarico 

Barbara Cimagli

Bess Obrien

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