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:
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.

Read more about Ernest Lyons
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.”

Read more about Robert Hudson
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.

Read more about Virgil Newton
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.

Read more about Robert Gore
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.

Read more about William Straub
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.

Read more about James Clendinen
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.

Read more about Fred Pettijohn
Malcolm Johnson


Johnson had a 43-year newspaper career, with 41 of them spent in Tallahassee. During that time he worked for both the Tallahassee Democrat and the AP Capitol Bureau and became known as an expert on government, a champion for conservative individualism and an advocate of conservation.

Read more about Malcolm Johnson
James Knight


Knight was born into a famous newspaper family and joined his father’s Akron Beacon Journal in 1931. He helped build one of the nation’s largest and most respected newspaper groups, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, with a daily circulation of 3.2 million in 33 U.S. cities, including dailies in Miami, Bradenton, Boca Raton and Tallahassee.

Read more about James Knight
James Jesse


Jesse worked for newspapers and radio stations in Kentucky and Louisiana before moving to Florida in 1954. Between 1954 and 1978, he worked as a publisher in Florida for the Punta Gorda Herald, Boca Raton News, Cocoa TODAY and the Pensacola News Journal.

Read more about James Jesse