Public Advocate of the Year

The award acknowledges the contribution of an individual during the past year that made a positive contribution to public discourse on matters of social import. The award recipient need not have a direct relationship to intercollegiate debate, but must be someone who has made a significant difference in local, regional, national or international affairs.

Past Awardees

2007

Steven Colbert, Colbert Report

2008

Donna Shalala, University of Miami

2009

Nate Silver, 538.com

2010

Arthur N. Rupe

2011

Mark Parkinson, Governor, Kansas

2012

Gabe Cook, Director DEBATE-Kansas City

2013

2014

Glenn Greenwald

2015

Jonathan Alger, President, James Madison University

2016

2017

2018

Marjory Stoneman Douglas students

2019

CV Vitolo-Haddad, University of Wisconsin

2020

**Not Awarded ? Tournament Canceled ? COVID-19**

2021

**Not Awarded ?COVID-19**