Lab Schools journalism teacher Wayne Brasler to retire

University of Chicago Lab Schools journalism teacher Wayne Brasler is planning to retire, according to a Wednesday announcement by school director Robin Appleby.

“After 51 years at Lab, journalism teacher Wayne Brasler has announced he is planning to retire and return to the professional sector,” Appleby said in a e-mail to the Lab community, adding that Brasler “will remain at Lab as long as needed to participate fully in the transition.”

“I want the transition to be seamless and I am going to maintain my ties to the Schools in terms of volunteering,” Brasler was quoted as saying in the e-mail. “I am especially interested in helping Lab stay connected to our alumni.”

Since he joined the Lab Schools faculty in the mid-1960s, Brasler, 73, has overseen production of the monthly U-High Midway newspaper and the high school’s yearbook.

He won the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Charles R. O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012 and was named the Dow Jones News Fund’s National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year in 1981. In 1996, the National Scholastic Press Association named its Brasler Prize after him, a $1,000 scholarship for high school journalists.