Organizational Committee

Whit Adamson

Tommy Bragg

Larry Burriss

Rob Clutter

Doug Combs

Jim Demos

Peter Demos

Deborah Fisher

Jim Freeman

Ron Fryar

Frank Gibson

Jimmy Hart

Mona Herring

John Hood

Ed Kimbrel

Rick Mansfield

Roy L. Moore

Andrew Oppmann

H. Hooper Penuel Jr.

Mike Pirtle

Bart Walker

Dan Whittle



Recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding skill in their Journalism field”

Welcome to the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame (TJHOF) website. Look around, take your time and enjoy the visit. We’re just getting started with a vision created in 2010 by several practicing Journalists, retired professionals in the field, officials from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, business officials, and others interested in promoting proper recognition of Tennessee Journalists, living or deceased, native or non-native who chose Tennessee as their home, for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the filed of Journalism.


Inductees into the TJHOF will be individuals who have made significant and substantial contributions to the profession during a career that includes the practice of Journalism in print, broadcast and new media. Honorees may be living or deceased, native Tennesseans who spent much of their career out of state or non-natives who spent a substantial portion of their career in Tennessee. To be considered for induction, individuals must have distinguished themselves through news or business management, leadership in the industry, or in the ordinary practice of Journalism, and those whose contributions have otherwise been recognized by their peers. Inductees will come from various ranks to include, reporters, writers, editors, publishers, news directors and other managers and those who have excelled in advertising, public relations and education in those disciplines.


Thank you for your time. Come back often. You may just see your name as the most recent inductee into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame!



Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame announces 2014 inductees

Nominations for 2014 should be submitted by Feb. 28, 2014. The deadline has been extended.


TJHOF seeks qualified mominees for 2014 Hall of Fame

Six outstanding journalists comprising the 2014 second class will be inducted into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame (TJHOF) located at Middle Tennessee State University’s Mass Communication department August 12, 2014. Induction ceremonies will take place during the 60th Annual Conference of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters at Murfreesboro’s Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. TJHOF is an independent partner with Middle Tennessee State University’s Mass Communications department under the guidance of Dean Ken Paulson, who is known nationwide as a leader in the industry.

The 2014 class includes; Joe Birch, WMV-TV, Memphis; Bob Johnson, Co-anchor WTVC News, Chattanooga; Alex Jones, Pulitzer Prize winner, New York Times; Luther Masingill, WDEF Radio/TV, Chattanooga; Otis Sanford, Veteran Editor, Commercial Appeal, Memphis; and Sam Venable, Columnist, Knoxville News Sentinel.