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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 15. Learn how to submit a nomination.


Name: Inducted: About:
Tom Weber

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

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Bob Vedder

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.

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John M. “Jody” Delzell

2011

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.

2010

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

2009

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

2008

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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Andrew Barnes

2007

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (retired) of the St. Petersburg Times. Andy Barnes, 68, is a native of New York City and a graduate of Harvard University where he took his degree in history.

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Corbin Wyant

2006

Before retiring June 30, 2002, Corbin had been active in Florida newspapering since 1974 and in the newspaper business elsewhere from 1958 to 1973. He served as publisher of the Daily News Herald in Punta Gorda from 1974 to 1976. During that time he also was publisher of the weekly Englewood Herald. From 1977 until his retirement, he served the Naples Daily News as vice president and general manager (1977-85), publisher (1985-2002) and president (1986-2002).

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Derek Dunn-Rankin

2005

Derek Dunn-Rankin started his newspaper career as a paperboy for the Miami News. He worked his way up the management ladder there, at various newspapers in North Carolina, and then at the Norfolk Pilot, ultimately serving as President. He was Vice President of Landmark Community Newspapers before his return to Florida in 1977.

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Alvah Chapman, Jr.

2004

Alvah H Chapman Jr.’s vision as a newspaper executive cemented the role of The Miami Herald as a powerhouse of Florida journalism and has had a lasting imprint on the business of journalism nationwide. Chapman was among the first of a “new breed” of newspaper executives who realized that having profitable business operations was the only way to assure journalistic independence.

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