Hall of Fame

Florida Newspaper 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 are accepted any time, but the deadline for consideration in the current year is May 1. Learn how to submit a nomination.

Name: Inducted: About:
Matt Walsh


Matt Walsh, his wife, Lisa, in-laws David and Ruth Beliles and group of investors purchased The Longboat Observer in 1995. Nearly a quarter of a century later, Walsh and his wife have grown the company to employ more than 125 people and one of the largest family-owned and operated community media companies in the state of Florida. Committed to high journalistic standards, Walsh requires high-performance of his employees and inspires them to reach for the stars with his motto: “Ad Astra!”

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Garth Reeves


Garth Reeves has lived through events that most of us have only read about. Growing up in a newspaper family, he saw first-hand how his father published a newspaper every week, even through difficult times. They experienced true challenges, such as the paper shortages in the 1920’s, and then the infamous hurricane of 1926, when his family still got the paper out by turning the press by hand since there wasn’t electricity!

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Bill Cotterell


Bill Cotterell grew up in Miami and joined the U.S. Marine Corps after high school in 1961, serving in the Fleet Marine Force Pacific as a naval gunfire observer. He returned to Miami and attended Miami-Dade Junior College 1965-66. Cotterell began his newspaper career during that time as a copy clerk at The Miami Herald.

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Frances DeVore


Frances DeVore was born Mary Frances Bell in Clarksville, Tennessee. After several moves, the family wound up in Greenville, Michigan in 1932, where Frances began working at the Greenville Daily News. This was the start of her newspaper career.

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J. Earle Bowden


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.

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Gil Thelen


Charlotte Observer reporter Marion Ellis once said about Gil Thelen that he “sees around corners.”  He meant that Gil had a strategic instinct about where readers and newspapers were headed and a practical vision for getting there fast and effectively.

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Larry Thompson


Larry (Lawrence) Thompson was a beloved American humor columnist and newspaper reporter for 28 years with The Miami Herald until his death in 1973.

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Charles W. Cherry, Sr.


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.

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Lucy Morgan


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.

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S.L. Frisbie, IV


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. He has been one of the great champions of quality weekly publishing for our state for more than 45 years.

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