From Pulitzer Prize winners to trailblazing faculty, 14 people and two couples will be inducted into the inaugural University of Arizona School of Journalism Hall of Fame for their significant achievements and service to journalism and society.
The first class includes Doug Martin, Sherman Miller, Don Carson and Jacqueline Sharkey, former directors of the school, which began in January 1951 as the Department of Journalism.
Other inductees are UA alums Gilbert Bailon (’81, St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor), Nancy Cleeland (’77, former Los Angeles Times reporter), Richard Gilman (’72, former Boston Globe publisher), Florence Graves (’76, Common Cause founding editor), Savannah Guthrie (’93, NBC “Today Show” co-anchor), Jane Kay (’61, environmental reporter), Lynne Olson (’69, author/journalist), Mort Rosenblum (’65, Associated Press), Frank Sotomayor (’66, former L.A. Times editor/reporter) and Bill Walsh (’84, Washington Post copy chief) — along with major supporters of the school, Hugh and Jan Harelson, and Donald and Lou Edith “Luda” Soldwedel.
Carson (’51) and Sharkey (’72) are also alums, and Rosenblum is a current UA professor. Martin, Miller, Walsh, and the Harelsons and Soldwedels will be honored posthumously.
“These champions of journalism have made the program what it is today, and they deserve to be honored for their incredible contributions,” said David Cuillier, current director of the School of Journalism. “We are all better off because of their hard work and dedication.”
Click HERE to view short bios of the inductees, along with special funds established in their names that supporters can strengthen.
The class of 16 is scheduled to be honored on April 7, 2018, in Tucson at a venue to be announced later. Look for ticket info at journalism.arizona.edu.
The inductees were among dozens nominated. The other candidates will automatically be considered for the next class in 2019. To submit a nomination, describe in 350 words or less why the candidate is deserving and email outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick, or mail to UA School of Journalism/P.O. Box 210158B/Tucson, AZ 85721-0158.
• To give in an inductees' name, click on this secure UA Foundation web page.