The Top 50 Over 50 award was introduced in 2014 by Positive Maturity to show that while growing older is unavoidable, growing up is optional. Someone once said that if you go to bed for an entire year without doing anything productive, you simply turn another year older (health permitting). Anyone can grow older; it takes neither talent nor effort. The goal in life is to grow up. This can best be accomplished by finding opportunities to make a difference, becoming a catalyst in this world, and leaving it with no regrets. Top 50 Over 50 celebrates members of our community who know how to dream, laugh, contribute, and achieve on many levels … all the key elements of staying young while growing up. We hope that you will join us in this celebration and help us recognize outstanding citizens over the age of 50 who exemplify what it means to grow up while staying young.
Positive Maturity's Top 50 Over 50
2017 Top 50 Over 50's Master of Ceremonies, Wendell Edwards
We are excited to have Wendell Edwards, co-anchor for ABC 33/40 Morning News as this year's Master of Ceremonies for the Top 50 Over 50.
A former two-time Division II national champion hurdler, a 7-time NCAA All-American and two-time GTE Academic All-American. He qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1992, making it to the quarterfinal round. Edwards attended Abilene Christine on a full athletic scholarship and ran track while obtaining his bachelor's degree in 1992. He then went on to earn his master's degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1997.
Edwards turned his attention to journalism full-time in 1994, working for the Burnet Bulletin in Burnet, Texas, and the Corsicana Daily Sun in Corsicana, Texas. He delivered some of his most memorable live reporting during Oklahoma's historic winter blizzard and during severe weather coverage. Edwards won a 2009 OAB Award for Investigative Reporting for his story "School Safety Under Fire." In 2008 and 2010,, he won a Salute to Excellence Award for his work from the National Association of Black Journalists. Edwards also won the "Gutenberg Award" for journalism alumni for ACU in October of 2005.
Edwards and his wife, Mekio, are the parents of two beautiful daughters.