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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.”
He was involved in his community and education throughout his career. He served on the Brevard County School Board for 16 years, nine of which he was the chairman; three terms on the State Junior College Advisory Board; and three years on the Advisory Committee for the University of Central Florida.
Hudson was elected president of the Florida Press Association in 1962. In 1976 he received the Association’s “Distinguished Service Award” for expanding the services of FPA during his term and for “the example he set as a community-building editor, as mayor, school board member, bank director and college trustee, for his dedication to exemplary journalism and for his pride in molding the character of young employees of his newspaper.”