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:
Barbara Frye


Frye was 19 years old, just out of the University of Georgia and working in UPI’s Atlanta bureau when she was selected, in 1944, to run UPI’s Florida Bureau.

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Rae Weimer


Weimer is Dean Emeritus of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and also a veteran newspaper journalist. In the 1920s, 30s and 40s, he was a reporter and editor at newspapers in Illinois, Ohio and New York.

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Martin Andersen


Andersen, the crusading owner-editor of the Orlando Sentinel until 1965, was an astute businessman, politician and visionary, who has been called “the strongest influence in the development of modern-day Orlando.”

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Nelson Poynter


Poynter was editor and publisher of the St. Petersburg Times from 1938 through 1978. He was a crusading journalist for good government and the rights of minorities and the poor and, through his example, elevated the standards for independent and innovative newspaper journalism.

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Loyal Frisbie


Frisbie became the editor of the family-owned Polk County Democrat in Bartow in 1946. He maintained that position for 18 years and served as publisher for 17 years, receiving numerous awards for editorial leadership and outstanding service to his community and the newspaper industry.

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John Perry, Jr.


Perry was president and chairman of Perry Publications, Inc., and owned and operated 28 newspapers throughout Florida as well as the statewide All-Florida News Service and All-Florida Magazine, a Sunday newspaper supplement.

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John Paul Jones, Jr.


Jones was a newspaper reporter and editor for several newspapers and United Press International in his early newspaper career as well as a journalism professor at the University of Florida.

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John Knight


Knight was publisher of the Miami Herald from 1937 through 1976. During his 50-year newspaper career, he built the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain into a nationwide organization with daily circulation of 3.2 million in 33 U.S. cities, including dailies in Tallahassee, Bradenton, Boca Raton and Miami.

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Hugh McCallum


McCallum was publisher of the Daily Florida Union in Jacksonville in the 1880s. He was a well-respected, pioneering journalist known throughout the state for his persuasive and constructive editorials. His newspaper became part of today’s Florida Times-Union.

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Herbert Davidson


Davidson was editor of the Daytona Beach News-Journal from 1928 through 1985, and publisher from 1962 through 1985. He fought tirelessly on behalf of open government, civil rights and the First Amendment throughout his career.

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