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Weekly Leader Team Member Mario Vittone Receives Alex Haley Journalism Award from the US Coast Guard

Mario Vittone

Yesterday we received great news that one of our charter contributors, Mario Vittone, was honored by the United States Coast Guard with the Alex Haley Award which “recognizes special achievements of individual authors and photographers for whose published works have excelled in supporting Coast Guard operations through skillful public communications.”

Mario received the award based on four extraordinary articles, three of which were published on Weekly Leader. A Little Perspective and Ready in Our Hearts. Millions of Readers Digest readers had the chance to read How to Make an Impression which was a version of his very popular (better) Weekly Leader post titled A Letter on Their Hearts. (editor’s comment). The Truth About Cold Water was published on the popular maritime website,

The Alex Haley Award was named after the American author, most famously known for writing Roots: The Saga of an American Family and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and who also had a decorated US Coast Guard career and a cutter named in his honor. Ironically, after he retired from the USCG, Haley began his literary career which included being a senior editor at Readers Digest. I guess Mario couldn’t wait to retire before appearing in the magazine. Could there be a cutter in Mario’s future as well?

Seriously, congratulations to our teammate and friend for a well deserved award!

Check out all of Mario’s Weekly Leader posts.

About the author

Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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