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The State of the First Amendment Address

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Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame

The 2020 Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame event was held via Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.

Click here for the 2020 Hall of Fame Recorded Presentation of Introductions and Acceptance Remarks by Inductees

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The hall was created by the University of Kentucky Journalism Alumni Association in 1980. It is housed in the School of Journalism and Media in the Blazer Dining Hall Building on the Lexington campus. Nominees are inducted annually.

The Hall of Fame welcomes nominations, which may be submitted at any time. But for a nominee to be considered for induction in the spring, the nomination must be received via e-mail or postmarked by December 31, 2021.

Please fill out the nomination form by clicking here: NOMINATION FORM

A nomination letter elaborating on that information should be included.

A nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae can be a useful document. The Hall of Fame recommends at least two seconding letters accompany the nominating material.

The complete nomination and seconding letters for the Hall of Fame are distributed to the selection committee.

The committee meets to review new submissions and discuss previous nominees who have not been selected.

The selection committee consists of the president of the UK Journalism Alumni Association; the director of the UK School of Journalism and Media or the director’s designee; the executive directors of the Kentucky Press Association and the Kentucky Broadcasters Association or their designees, and four Hall of Fame inductees chosen by the Journalism Alumni Association president.

Those selected by the committee are notified and invited to the Journalism Hall of Fame induction reception. Representatives of posthumous selectees will also be invited to the reception.

Guidelines for Nomination

  1. Nominees should be made from the period of modern Kentucky journalism history, dating from 1870. The hall includes a recognition of “Pioneers of Kentucky Journalism” before that era.
  2. Nominees should have made a significant connection to Kentucky and have been active in journalism long enough to establish that the contributions they have made to the profession are significant (the sole criterion for selection).
  3. Those who are Kentucky natives or were raised or educated in Kentucky but practiced journalism elsewhere are eligible for nomination and selection.
  4. Posthumous nominations are welcome.
  5. A portrait-style photograph of the nominee, or an easily accessible source for such a photograph, should accompany the nomination.

Nomination Letters

The Journalism Alumni Association recommends the nominating letters elaborate on the points listed below:

  1. What are the nominee's Kentucky connection(s)?
  2. Nominee’s current and past employment.
  3. Highlights of the nominee’s career, including awards received.
  4. Nominee’s significant contributions to journalism, in the form of coverage or commentary that illustrate journalism’s central role in democracy and civil society, contributions by the nominee to the stature of journalism and/or the education of journalists.
  5. Nominee’s contributions to society.

The Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame recognizes Kentuckians who have made significant contributions to the profession of journalism. Nominees must be natives of Kentucky or journalists who have spent a significant portion of their careers in Kentucky.

The Hall of Fame has inducted Pulitzer Prize winners, reporters, editors, photographers, publishers, broadcasters, journalism teachers and others who have left their mark on journalism. Scan the honor roll of more than 200 names and you’ll find the first African-American woman to cover the White House, the developer of gonzo journalism, a voice of Triple Crown races and winners of nearly every national journalism award.

Hall of Fame Inductees

Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame Inducts Seven New Members in March 2019

Seven new members will join the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame Monday, March 25. They will be inducted at a luncheon ceremony sponsored by the University of Kentucky’s School of Journalism and Media and the UK School of Journalism Alumni Association.

The new inductees being recognized for their contributions to journalism are:

  • Ewell Balltrip*
  • Dana Canedy
  • Tom Caudill
  • Corban Goble
  • Bruce Johnson
  • Steve Lowery*
  • Michael Wines

*Posthumous induction

Annual Creason Lecture

The Joe Creason Lecture in Journalism is an annual lecture by a nationally prominent journalist in a series that honors the memory of Joe Creason, an outstanding Kentucky journalist and an honored alumnus. The lecture series was made possible through a matching grant from the Bingham Enterprises Foundation of Kentucky and gifts donated by UK alumni and friends of Joe Creason. The Joe Creason Lecture Series Fund was established in 1975. Each year a journalism professional is brought to campus to meet and talk with students, and to speak before an assemblage of students, faculty and the general public. Past Creason Lectures can be viewed here.

Joe Creason

Before his death on August 14, 1974, Joe Creason had been hailed as "a crack newspaperman" who inspired trust in those about whom he wrote. The Creason wit and humor, his friendly manner and his love for Kentucky always showed through his writings for The Courier-Journal (Louisville) and The Courier-Journal Sunday Magazine. He was a Kentuckian -- a native of Benton ("The only town in which I was born"). A graduate of the University of Kentucky (Class of 1940) and a rabid booster of his Alma Mater, he was national president of the UK Alumni Association in 1969-70. People who knew Joe Creason number in the thousands in every county of the state. From his column, "Joe Creason's Kentucky," in The Courier-Journal, his two books, a radio series started before his death and his speech-making, he is remembered as a man who was never too busy to enjoy people. At the time of Joe Creason's death, an anonymous mourner left a note on the door of his Courier-Journal office. It said simply, "So long Joe -- and thanks," and was signed "Kentucky."

Creason Lecturers with affiliations at the time of their speech:

2019 No lecture given

2018 Sam Abell, National Geographic photographer

2017 Terry Hunt, AP Veteran

2016 Jeffery Marks, General manager of a Virginia television station

2015 Pamela Brown, CNN national news correspondent

2014 Mervin Aubespin, Louisville Courier Journal, associate editor (retired), former national president, National Association of Black Journalists

2013 Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty Broadcast and Online, The Poynter Institute

2012 John Harwood, CNBC, New York Times political writer

2011 Leonard Pitts, Jr., Miami Herald, nationally syndicated columnist

2010 Tom Curley, Associated Press, President and CEO

2009 Howard Fineman, Newsweek/MSNBC, columnist

2008 John Carroll, former editor, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Lexington Herald-Leader

2007 Molly Bingham, Journalist, Photographer, Filmmaker

2006 David Broder, Washington Post, columnist

2005 Leonard Downie, Jr., Washington Post, executive editor

2004 Earl Caldwell, New York Times, former civil rights-era reporter

2003 Bob Edwards, National Public Radio, host of Morning Edition

2002 Angelo B. Henderson, The Detroit News, special projects reporter

2001 Bonnie Angelo, Time Magazine, contributor

2000 Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune, columnist

1999 Charles L. Overby, The Freedom Forum, chairman & CEO

1998 Hodding Carter III, Knight Foundation, president & CEO

1997 Michael Gartner, NBC News, former president

1996 Geneva Overholser, Washington Post, ombudsman

1995 Robert Mulholland, NBC, former president

1994 Burl Osborne, Dallas Morning News, publisher/editor

1993 Jim Squires, Chicago Tribune, former editor

1992 Helen Thomas, UPI, reporter

1991 Bernard Shaw, CNN, anchor

1990 David Kindred, The National Sports Daily, columnist

1989 Charles Kuralt, CBS News, correspondent

1988 John Ed Pearce, Louisville Courier-Journal, columnist

1987 John C. Quinn, USA Today, editor

1986 Eugene Patterson, St. Petersburg Times, Chairman & CEO

1985 Charles McDowell, Richmond Times-Dispatch, syndicated columnist

1984 David Dick, CBS Television News, correspondent

1983 Harrison E. Salisbury, New York Times, associate editor

1982 William Safire, New York Times, Washington Bureau

1981 Thomas G. Wicker, New York Times, associate editor

1980 John F. Day, CBS News, former director

1979 James Reston, New York Times, columnist

1978 No lecture given

1977 James J. Kilpatrick, Washington Star, syndicated columnist


Gidel/Lombardo Lecture Series

The Gidel/Lombardo Lecture in Sports Communication is a recurring lecture series featuring a sports journalist, sports publicist, or other sports communicator.

The Gidel/Lombardo Family Fund for Academic and Program Excellence was established in 2006 by Robert and Linda Gidel and members the Lombardo family. This fund honors their son, Robert (Rob) W. Gidel. Rob is a 2006 graduate of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications. Funds from the endowment may be used to support scholarships, internships, workshops, distinguished alumni lectures, student travel, seminar speakers, publications, to provide assistance to extracurricular student organizations and clubs, student recruitment, and other related activities. Because of Rob's interest in sports broadcasting, a sports journalism lecture is presented annually. The first lecture in 2010 was delivered by NBC sportscaster Bob Costas.


Bob Costas - Gidel/Lombardo Lecture 2010 from Nathan Stevens on Vimeo.


Richard G. Wilson Alumni Symposium

The school's majors, journalism and media arts and studies, celebrate the success of their graduates for the benefit of current students. Outstanding alumni are invited back for a symposium to talk about their careers, the path to that first job, what they wished they had done differently in college and other advice. The symposium was started by former Courier-Journal reporter and Hall of Fame journalist Richard G. Wilson when he served as interim director. The symposium was continued and named in his honor.