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FMA Charlie Awards
Recognizing achievements by Florida magazines since 1957, FMA's annual Charlie Awards competition crowns publishers, writers, editors, artists, photographers, printers, marketers and others as the best among their peers in scores of categories. Juried by recognized out-of-state magazine and newspaper professionals, and college journalism professors, hundreds of entries vie for first, second and third place awards—Charlie, Silver and Bronze.
Charles G. "Charlie" Wellborn Jr. was a 1958 graduate and later a professor in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida in Gainesville. A Georgia native, Lt. Col. Wellborn served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War, received two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars. Starting in 1967, Professor Wellborn created courses in editing, graphics and business/technical communications that were the core of the public relations and magazine curriculum at UF for many years. His leadership of the Florida magazine industry, including FMA, earned Wellborn FMA's 1973 Achiever of the Year Award. Wellborn retired from UF in 1987 and FMA honored him by renaming its top award the "Charlie." Wellborn passed away in 2002 at age 77.