Hall of Fame

The Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have rendered outstanding service in the field of newspaper journalism in Florida.

Nominations to the Hall of Fame should be sent to Dean Ridings (deanr@flpress.com) and should provide a brief biography of the nominee’s contributions to Florida journalism. Nominees are eligible for selection to the Hall of Fame normally no earlier than the third year following their retirement or death. The Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame Committee will meet once a year to review the nominees. The deadline will be announced in the Florida Press Association’s e-bulletin, but entries are usually due by May 1 for inclusion in that year’s Hall of Fame.

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Inducted in
2016
Charlotte Observer reporter Marion Ellis once said about Gil Thelen that he “sees around
Inducted in
2016
For more than 60 years, Mr. Bowden was the cornerstone of journalism in Northwest Florida. Jesse Earle Bowden began working at the now-Pensacola News Journal in 1953 and worked until his death on Feb. 15, 2015.
Inducted in
2015
Larry (Lawrence) Thompson was a beloved American humor columnist and newspaper reporter for 28 years with The Miami Herald until his death in 1973.
Inducted in
2014
Charles W. Cherry, Sr.’s life was multi-faceted. The centerpiece: a determination to see equal rights for all people, particularly in Daytona Beach and the state of Florida.
Inducted in
2014
Lucy was born in Memphis and raised in Mississippi. Her first newspaper job was covering Citrus County for the Ocala Star-Banner after an editor was told by a local librarian that Lucy read more books than nearly anyone else.
Inducted in
2013

There are many great weekly newspaper publishers in the history of Florida newspapering. But there are few who are more closely identified with weekly publishing than S.L. Frisbie, IV.

Inducted in
2012

It’s a cliché to say that someone was born with ink in his veins, but that doesn't make it any less true in the case of Bob Vedder.

Inducted in
2012

Tom spent all 42 years of his newspaper career in Stuart. As far back as the 1970s, Tom looked beyond his backyard and saw so much more than a small-town editor should see.

Inducted in
2011

John “Jody” Delzell began his newspaper career as a reporter at the Crescent City Courier in 1947.

Inducted in
2010

David Lawrence Jr. retired in 1999 as publisher of The Miami Herald to work in the area of early childhood development and readiness.

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