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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:
Elven Grubbs

2002

Elven Grubbs’ newspaper career spanned 40 years from his job as a pressman with the Ocala Star Banner in 1947 until his retirement in February 1992 as publisher of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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H.G. Davis

2001

H.G. “Buddy” Davis was an outstanding faculty member at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications for 31 years. A gifted instructor, he ran many of his reporting, editorial and photography classes like a newsroom to give students a sense of the real world.

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Vince Spezzanno

2000

Vince Spezzano began his 41-year newspaper career in 1950 as a reporter for the Livingston Republican in Geneseo, N.Y. He worked at newspapers in Lynchburg, Va. and St. Louis, Mo, and in 1963 became director of public service for Gannett Times-Union and Democrat, and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y.

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Nina Hawkins

1999

Nina Hawkins was a pioneering woman editor for The St. Augustine Record and a leader in encouraging women newspaper journalists.

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John Schumann, Sr.

1998

Schumann served over 68 years in the newspaper business and he founded and led the Vero Beach Press-Journal from an outstanding weekly to an outstanding daily publication. He was very active in the state and national press associations and the Press-Journal was recognized as a leader in the industry.

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Eugene Patterson

1997

Patterson had more than 40 years experience in the publishing field. His journalistic talents earned him the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1966 and the William Allen White National Award for journalistic merit in 1980.

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Al Neuharth

1996

Neuharth is the former president and chairman of the Gannett Co. and founder of USA TODAY. He worked his way up from reporter to assistant managing editor in seven years at the Miami Herald in the mid-1950s and was then named assistant executive editor of the Detroit Free-Press.

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Beryl Bowden

1995

Bowden was the publisher of the Clewiston News for 27 years and a voice for community progress in Glades and Hendry counties for more than 50 years.

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Ernest Lyons

1994

Lyons began working as a reporter for The Stuart News in 1931. He also worked as an advertising salesman, printing salesman, then as advertising director for the paper. He became editor in 1945, serving until his retirement on March 1, 1975. He died April 6, 1990, at age 85.

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Robert Hudson

1993

During a 37-year career at the Star-Advocate in Titusville, Hudson won numerous awards for excellence in journalism. In 1963, he received the William L. Lowry Award from the University of Florida School of Journalism for exemplifying “the highest ideals of journalism in the weekly newspaper field.”

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