Doreen Iudica Vigue and Richard Bevilacqua receive Distinguished Alumnus Award from Suffolk University


Two winners are better than one.

That was the feeling among everyone in attendance when the Suffolk University Communication & Journalism Alumni/ae Association recently hosted its annual reception on campus. During this festive occasion, the winner of the 2001 Distinguished Alumnus Award was announced.


"This was the first time in the five-year history of the award that two winners were selected," said Nancy Sodano, President of the Suffolk University Communication & Journalism Alumni/ae Association. "The judging was so close that we decided to give the award to the top two people."

Those individuals were Doreen Iudica Vigue, popular talk show host on WRKO radio, and Richard Bevilacqua, General Director of Communications and Creative Services at John Hancock Financial Services.

"This is an amazing honor," said Vigue, who lives in Franklin and is a 1987 graduate of Suffolk University. "I have had the opportunity to teach at Suffolk in the past and I know about the high quality students that the communication and journalism department turn out each year."

"Receiving this award means a great deal to me," said Bevilacqua, who lives in Walpole and is a 1973 graduate of Suffolk University. "I appreciate everything that Suffolk has done in preparing me for my chosen profession."

"Honoring two such distinguished professionals made this year's award presentation extra special," said Robert Rosenthal, chairman of the Communication &

Journalism Department at Suffolk University. "Doreen and Richard are excellent role models for our students to emulate because each of them has made a name for themselves through the combination of hard work, enthusiasm and commitment. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments in the world of communication and journalism."

Upon graduation, Vigue was a staff reporter for the Boston Herald, where she won a first place award for breaking news coverage from the New England Associated Press Editors Association.

In 1989, she moved on to The Boston Globe as a staff reporter. She has broken many stories over the years and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a 1998 story where a disgruntled Connecticut State Lottery worker killed his boss and two co-workers. She has also covered many high profile national stories, including the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Vigue, who still works at the Globe as a freelance writer, has recently been a weekend host on WRKO. She has now joined the staff of the radio station on a full-time basis, working alongside co-host Darlene McCarthy.

Bevilacqua's career in communications began even before he finished classes at Suffolk, when during his senior year he was hired full time in the sports department of the old Boston Herald American. After covering high school and college sports at the Herald from 1973 to 1976, he was transferred to the news department as a general assignment reporter.

Bevilacqua accepted a public relations position at John Hancock Financial Services in 1979. During his 21-year career at John Hancock, one of the nation's largest insurance and investment companies, he has held a variety of positions with the company's corporate communications department.

During the past several years, Bevilacqua, under his current title, has been focused on supporting John Hancock's emergence as one of the leading sports and event marketing companies in the United States. His job responsibilities have taken him to three continents, where he traveled with the company to the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Japan and Sydney, Australia.

Past winners of the Suffolk University Communication & Journalism Alumni/ae Association Distinguished Alumnus Award are: Bruce Butterfield, longtime reporter of The Boston Globe; Lou Connelly, current sports information director and former public relations director of Suffolk University; and Steve Sbraccia, veteran reporter and anchor of WCVB-TV, Channel 5.

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