The Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame will honor nine pioneering print and broadcast journalists in ceremonies Tuesday August 11, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro.
The 2015 class includes two generations of Middle Tennessee newspaper publishers – a father and son, the latter becoming a Tennessee statesman and reformer responsible for passing Tennessee’s open meetings (“sunshine”) law; a nationally-syndicated sports columnist from Murfreesboro whose contributions to sports resonate decades after his death; a trailblazing woman who started in newspapers before switching to become a respected and colorful broadcast political reporter; a native Virginian who landed in Tennessee to cover the South and civil rights for The New York Times and stayed; a nationally-recognized editorial cartoonist who practiced his wit and biting commentary in three of the state’s four largest cities; two community newspaper publishers, one a small-town dairyman who grew his rural newspaper from scratch through merger, and another whose bigger-city publishing career traces back to an advertising sheet he started to promote his grocery business; and, a native Texan and veteran wire service executive who practiced journalism on various platforms.
This will be the third class of inductees but the first in which all recipients are being recognized posthumously.
The Hall of Fame is centered in the John Bragg Mass Communications Building at Middle Tennessee State University.
The induction will come in conjunction with the 67st annual Tennessee Association of Broadcasters conference. WSMV-TV news anchor Demetria Kalodimos, the Nashville NBC affiliate’s longest continuously-serving principal anchor, will emcee the program. It begins at 4:30 p.m.
For more information about the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame, visit its website at http://www.journalismhof.org or contact Hooper Penuel, TJHOF secretary, at 615-347-1672.
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