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 April 1. Learn how to submit a nomination.

Name: Inducted: About:
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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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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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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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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Bob Vedder


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.

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Tom Weber


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. His vision of the Treasure Coast as one market is now realized.

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John M. “Jody” Delzell


John “Jody” Delzell began his newspaper career as a reporter at the Crescent City Courier in 1947. He was soon doing photography, selling advertising, and writing a sports column. On his own time, he learned to set display type from a case by hand, run a Linotype machine, cast mats out of hot lead, put the pages together, and operate a hand-fed two-page printing press.

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David Lawrence, Jr.


David Lawrence Jr. retired in 1999 as publisher of The Miami Herald to work in the area of early childhood development and readiness. He is president of The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation and “University Scholar for Early Childhood Development and Readiness” at the University of Florida.

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Carrol Dadisman


Carrol Dadisman graduated from the University of Georgia College of Journalism in 1956. During the next 24 years, he advanced rapidly with a number of Georgia newspapers. He went from government reporter to managing editor at his first newspaper, The Augusta Chronicle. He then served as editor of The Marietta Daily Journal, managing editor of the Macon News and executive editor and vice president of The Columbus Ledger and the Columbus Enquirer.

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Daniel Carr Settle


Settle was prominent in Florida weekly newspaper circles from the 1930s through the 1960s and was a leader of the Florida Press Association during all those years.

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