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:
Eugene Patterson


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


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


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


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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Virgil Newton


Newton was managing editor of the Tampa Tribune from 1943 through 1965. His crusading form of journalism led to his being called the father of investigative reporting in Florida.

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Robert Hudson


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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William Straub


William L. Straub was editor or associate editor of the St. Petersburg Times for 38 years. No one in that era had more impact on the development of the city.

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Robert Gore


Robert H. Gore was owner and publisher of the Ft. Lauderdale Daily News for 35 years. During that time, he played a major role in the development and growth of Broward County and South Florida.

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Fred Pettijohn


Pettijohn retired from the Ft. Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel in 1982 after 30 years of service to the News, Gore Newspaper Co. and later the News/Sun Sentinel Company.

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James Clendinen


Clendinen retired in 1985, 50 years after joining the Tampa Tribune as a courthouse reporter. During that time he worked his way to editorial page editor, from which he campaigned vigorously for reforms that reshaped his city and his state.

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