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Tennessee Journalism Hall Of Fame

“Recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding skill in their Journalism field”


Welcome to the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame (TJHOF) website. Look around, take your time and enjoy the visit. We’re just getting started with a vision created in 2010 by several practicing Journalists, retired professionals in the field, officials from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, business officials, and others interested in promoting proper recognition of Tennessee Journalists, living or deceased, native or non-native who chose Tennessee as their home, for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the filed of Journalism.

Inductees into the TJHOF will be individuals who have made significant and substantial contributions to the profession during a career that includes the practice of Journalism in print, broadcast and new media. Honorees may be living or deceased, native Tennesseans who spent much of their career out of state or non-natives who spent a substantial portion of their career in Tennessee. To be considered for induction, individuals must have distinguished themselves through news or business management, leadership in the industry, or in the ordinary practice of Journalism, and those whose contributions have otherwise been recognized by their peers. Inductees will come from various ranks to include, reporters, writers, editors, publishers, news directors and other managers and those who have excelled in advertising, public relations and education in those disciplines.

Thank you for your time. Come back often. You may just see your name as the most recent inductee into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame!

Nominations for 2016 should be submitted by June 1, 2017. 

Downloadable Nomination Form


Journalism Hall of Fame to Honor Five 


MURFREESBORO: The Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame will honor five broadcast journalists during a banquet and award ceremonies Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Murfreesboro Association of Realtors Training Center at 311 Butler Drive, Murfreesboro, Tn.

This will be the fourth class of inductees to be honored by the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame which is centered in the John Bragg Mass Communications building on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. A listing of previous Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame inductees may be found at www.tnjournalismhof.org .

The 2016 class includes a former State Representative who began his journalism career at Murfreesboro’s WGNS radio Station; a former anchor/producer and Television News Director before becoming Press Secretary for Governor Buford Ellington; an anchor, News Director and Reporter; a former TV Sports Director and Anchor; and a popular Radio Sports announcer and Sports News Director who called both Football and Basketball games for High School and College games.

The ceremony will be emceed by WSMV-TV Channel 4 news anchor Demetria Kalodimos, Nashville’s longest serving TV News anchor. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. Guest speakers include; Shane McFarland, Mayor, City of Murfreesboro, Ken Paulson, Dean, College of Media and Entertainment, Ron Fryar, President of the Tennessee Press Association and Owner of the Cannon Courier and Whit Adamson, President of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters.    


Channel 4's own Demetria Kalodimos is the newest member of the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame.

Kalodimos was asked to emcee the induction ceremony on Thursday night and got quite the surprise when she ended up being one of the honorees.

Kalodimos is the longest continuous evening news anchor in WSMV history and has consistently been voted a favorite in local reader polls.

She started at WSMV in 1984 and has made her mark as a skilled reporter and anchor.

In addition to anchoring the news, she is known for her investigative skills.

She has won 15 Emmy Awards, two National Headliner Awards, two Investigative Reporters and Editors National Awards, The Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting and two National Citations from American Women in Radio and Television. In 1996, she was chosen as the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster of the Year.

"Demetria is highly regarded by our viewers and her peers. We are extremely proud of the work she has done," said Doreen Wade, VP and general manager of WSMV-TV. "I'm especially proud of her investigative work that exemplifies Channel 4's commitment to 'Working for You.'"

Kalodimos is also known for the work she does in the community, including the Nashville Rescue Mission, MS Society, the Conservancy and many other nonprofit organizations.

Kalodimos is one of six distinguished journalists in the class of 2016, which also includes honorees Tom Britt, Hudley Crockett, Monte Hale Sr., John D. Hood and Darrell Patterson.

Copyright 2016 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Video of Awards https://youtu.be/8wRH4QqZNlg 

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