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Tennessee Journalism Hall Of Fame

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

Six outstanding journalists comprise the second class to be inducted into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame located at Middle Tennessee State University.

Induction ceremonies for the 2014 class will take place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, during the 60th annual conference of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters at Murfreesboro's Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center.

The TJHOF is an independent partner with MTSU's College of Mass Communication, which houses the hall in its Center for Innovation in Media inside the Bragg Mass Communication Building on the MTSU campus.

The 2014 honorees are:

  • Joe Birch, co-anchor, WMV-TV Action News 5, Memphis.
  • Bob Johnson, co-anchor of WTVC-TV News, Chattanooga.
  • Alex S. Jones, Pulitzer Prize winner, The New York Times.
  • Luther Masingill, WDEF Radio/TV, Chattanooga.
  • Otis Sanford, editor, columnist, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis.
  • Sam Venable, columnist, Knoxville News Sentinel.

The Hall of Fame's bylaws note that its inductees represent "those who have made significant and substantial contributions to the journalism profession." Honorees may be living or deceased native Tennesseans who spent much of their career in state or out of state, or non-natives who spent a substantial part of their career in Tennessee.

WSMV-TV Channel 4 anchor Demetria Kalodimos will serve as master of ceremonies for the 2014 induction ceremony. Kalodimos, the longest continuous evening news anchor for the NBC affiliate, has won many national journalism awards, including the Edward R. Murray award for investigative reporting.

More details about each of the honorees follow.

Joe Birch
Joe Birch

Joe Birch, co-anchor, WMV-TV Action News 5, Memphis.

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Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson, co-anchor of WTVC-TV News, Chattanooga.

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Alex S. Jones
Alex S. Jones

Alex S. Jones, Pulitzer Prize winner, The New York Times.

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Luther Masingill
Luther Masingill

Luther Masingill, WDEF Radio/TV, Chattanooga.

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Otis Sanford
Otis Sanford

Otis Sanford, editor, columnist, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis.

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Sam Venable
Sam Venable

Sam Venable, columnist, Knoxville News Sentinel.

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For more information about the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame, visit its website at http://www.journalismhof.org or contact Hooper Penuel, TJHOF secretary, at 615-347-1672.

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