Therese Mills, a founding member of the Commonwealth Journalists Association Caribbean branch will be honoured with a DLitt from the University of the West Indies.
Mills, a pioneer among journalists in the Caribbean, is one of 20 people receiving honourary doctorates during UWI graduation ceremonies. She is the executive chairman, Editor-in-Chief and director of Daily News Ltd, publishers of Newsday.
As Editor-in-Chief of the Trinidad Guardian in 1989, Mills became the first woman editor of a national newspaper in Trinidad and Tobago.
On retirement from the Guardian, Mills was appointed editor of the new independent Newsday in 1993.
”Therese Mills’ name came up as she had just retired after a sterling career at the helm of the Guardian. We chose her because we felt, given her reputation, she would add a whole lot of credibility to the project,” said Raynier Maharaj, who along with Mills was a founding editor at Newsday.
“Therese’s steady hand has guided Newsday to the point where it now is.”
The move made its own kind of history, said Maharaj, now editor of Caribbean Camera in Toronto.
“Newsday became the only newspaper in theCaribbeanthat I know of that is run solely by women. Every top managerial post in the company is held by a woman — from chairperson / Managing Editor to circulation manager. Even the CFO and advertising managers are women.”
Mills’ service to journalism – from reporter to senior feature writer to editor – earned her the national Humming Bird Medal in 1987 and a Long Service to Journalism Award in 1997 from the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago. She is the author of several books for young readers.