Retired Anchor Emeritus and special reporter for WBIR-TV, Knoxville, Tennessee. He is the recipient of numerous awards during his career. He set the example for young journalists to follow. Bill has worked in the news industry since the 1950's. Mr. Williams continues to work with Mission of Hope an outreach program to aid people in rural Appalachia. He came to WBIR in 1977 where he remained on the anchor desk until he retired.
Manager of Thunderbolt Broadcasting and Digital, Martin and Union City, Tennessee. Began his broadcasting career at the age of nine. At 15, Paul was hired as the station janitor where he now serves as President and owner. A past chairman of Association Broadcasters, Past president of the Tennessee Press Broadcasters Association. Paul is a founding member of the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.
Posthumously- A Nashville Banner Columnist selected by the Country Music Association as the top journalist of the year. He wrote humor columns and covered music after launching his journalism career in 1932 as a sports reporter. He took leave from the Nashville Banner to serve his country in the United States Marine Corp before returning to his home in Nashville. Mr. O'Donnell died in 1984.
A veteran radio and Television broadcaster with over 50 years in the journalism profession with Chattanooga Radio and Television stations. Earl is experienced in all departments of broadcasting including music, talk shows news gathering, reporting, public affairs, human interest and charitable fund raising. Mr. Freudenberg served in the U.S. Army from 1971-1974 as a broadcaster and radio producer with American Forces Europe in Frankfurt Germany.
A 42-year veteran with The Associated Press, all in Nashville serving as both day and night supervisor. During his career with AP, while covering the music country music beat, Mr. Edwards interviewed numerous country stars including Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift. Joe Gained national and worldwide acclaim as a member of a team of Associated Press writers covering the death of Mega star Elvis Presley in 1977. As a result of Edwards articles about the song "Rocky Top," the Tennessee General Assembly proclaimed it a state song. Today, the music of Rocky Top immediately identifies with Tennessee.
Five-time Emmy Award Winner and Co-Host of Good Morning Memphis, WHBQ, Fox 13. A native of East Tennessee, the University of Tennessee graduate returned to Tennessee after spending time in South Carolina and Alabama before landing in West Tennessee where she has become an integral recognizable personality in the community
Dan Whittle -- Co-founder of the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame and a longtime champion of the First Amendment, Whittle
Randy Smith -- A sportscaster for over 46 years, completing over 500 telecasts as an analyst, Smith is a former staff announcer with the Vol Network and is the first sportscaster inducted into the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame.
Jerry Thompson (Posthumous) -- Nicknamed "Tub" for his robust tummy, the longtime Tennessean investigative reporter and columnist has been described as "a role model for how to live life to the fullest." Thompson won a National Headliner Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his undercover investigative reporting series on the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1980s. He died in 2000.
Les Leverett -- A 36-year photographer and publicist capturing memories of Grand Ole Opry stars, Leverett has been described as the ultimate country music "gentleman photographer" whose images permanently preserve memories of Southern Americana music.
Bob Mueller -- A 10-time Emmy Award-winning television news anchor/reporter, Mueller has over 25 years working in broadcast journalism and over 35 years working at WKRN-TV News 2, the ABC affiliate in Nashville. Mueller is also a recipient of the coveted George Foster Peabody National Award for excellence in investigative reporting.
Frank Gibson -- A 52-year veteran award-winning Middle Tennessee journalist and longtime Tennessean reporter and editor. Gibson has been a statewide advocate for journalists, the First Amendment and government transparency. Gibson also founded and served as the first director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government.
Charlie Daniel -- A Knoxville News Sentinel editorial cartoonist producing over 15,000 cartoons during a career that has spanned more than 55 years, Daniel specialized in blending sharp but gentle humor with a worldview that "peels away pretense."
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