Senior writer Andrea Jacobs won four Rockowers for Excellence in Jewish Journalism from the American Jewish Press Assn. in 2012. This is believed to be the first time that one writer earned four first-place awards in one year in the competition’s history.
She became a working journalist in 1986 and joined the IJN in 1993 after serving as a correspondent in Colorado Springs.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., Andrea graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, with majors in English literature and philosophy.
Her connection to Jewish journalism began when Robert A. Cohen, then editor-in-chief of the St. Louis Jewish Light, was her religious school teacher.
Since then, Andrea has become an expert writer, giving voice to people who often find it difficult to find their voice, such as the disabled and the ill.
She has been honored for her coverage of AIDS, Holocaust survivors, personality profiles, features and news stories.