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:
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.

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David Lawrence, Sr.


Lawrence worked at the old New York Herald-Tribune in the late 1930s and then continued during the Second World War at the old New York Sun. He made his mark by covering politics and the profiteering connected with the war.

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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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Charles Jones


Jones established the Florida Daily Times in 1881 and consolidated it with the Daily Florida Union in 1882 to form the present-day Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. He emphasized news-gathering, recruited a chain of correspondents across Florida and was a crusading editorialist.

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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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