It was a Thursday night, 20 years ago, when Allan Richards got a call from a university named FIU. A journalist for the Sun-Sentinel and PBS at the time, Richards was asked if he would like to teach a writing course – starting Monday.

The possibility of working with young writers intrigued him, so he agreed. And never looked back.

Today, Richards is an associate professor at the School of Communication+Journalism (SCJ), under the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA). For his numerous contributions to journalism education, Richards has earned the prestigious Scripps Howard Foundation 2016 Teacher of the Year Award.

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