Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award

In honor of Grits Gresham, POMA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation developed the

POMA/NSSF Grits Gresham
Shooting Sports Communicator Award

The award recognizes communicators within the firearms, shooting sports, and/or Second Amendment arenas who grasp the ideals, foster the commitment, and display the talent Gresham has shown during his storied career.

The award is presented at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) ShowSM, during the opening night State of the Industry Dinner.

Nominate a journalist

Nominations for the award are accepted from outdoor industry professionals year round. To nominate a journalist, simply complete the online nomination form. Honorees are selected by a POMA committee of past award recipients and member journalists.

Grits Gresham Award Honorees

2015 – Mark A. Keefe, IV
2014 – Jim Zumbo
2013 – Doug Painter
2012 – S.P. Fjested
2011 – Michael Bane
2010 – Dave Petzal
2009 – Tom Gresham
2008 – James Carmichel
2007 – J. Wayne Fears


The Hat

When you saw it across a room or even in silhouette against a dusk sky, you knew who stood beneath it. The hat became part of the legend and the man - Grits Gresham.

Recipients of the Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award are presented with a bronzed, well-worn, low-profile cowboy hat of Gresham's. When honorees hold it in their hands, they know they're holding and making history.