Charlie Daniel -- A Knoxville News Sentinel editorial cartoonist producing over 15,000 cartoons during a career that has spanned more than 55 years, Daniel specialized in blending sharp but gentle humor with a worldview that "peels away pretense."
Frank Gibson -- A 52-year veteran award-winning Middle Tennessee journalist and longtime Tennessean reporter and editor. Gibson has been a statewide advocate for journalists, the First Amendment and government transparency. Gibson also founded and served as the first director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government.
Les Leverett -- A 36-year photographer and publicist capturing memories of Grand Ole Opry stars, Leverett has been described as the ultimate country music "gentleman photographer" whose images permanently preserve memories of Southern Americana music.
Bob Mueller -- A 10-time Emmy Award-winning television news anchor/reporter, Mueller has over 25 years working in broadcast journalism and over 35 years working at WKRN-TV News 2, the ABC affiliate in Nashville. Mueller is also a recipient of the coveted George Foster Peabody National Award for excellence in investigative reporting.
Randy Smith -- A sportscaster for over 46 years, completing over 500 telecasts as an analyst, Smith is a former staff announcer with the Vol Network and is the first sportscaster inducted into the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame.
Jerry Thompson (Posthumous) -- Nicknamed "Tub" for his robust tummy, the longtime Tennessean investigative reporter and columnist has been described as "a role model for how to live life to the fullest." Thompson won a National Headliner Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his undercover investigative reporting series on the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1980s. He died in 2000.
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