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Tennessee Journalism Hall Of Fame

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Members | 2016

Demetria Kalodimos, WSMV-TV channel 4 news anchor and emcee for the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame awards ceremony honoring five outstanding broadcast journalists was caught by surprise at the end of the ceremony when Hall of Fame President and MTSU Journalism Professor Dr. Larry Burriss called her back to the podium to receive her induction award.

Completely surprised, the popular anchor who co-anchor news with long time Channel Four personality Dan Miller, accepted her award which was presented by Hall of Fame Co-Founder Dan Whittle, Author and columnist for the Cannon Courier.

Dan Whittle, Co-Founder of the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame surprised recipient Demetria Kalodimos when it was announced that she had been selected to be inducted in to the hall during award ceremonies held in Murfreesboro.

For outstanding service to journalism in Tennessee, Demetria Kalodimos is inducted into the 2016 class of the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame.

Ms. Kalodimos took an unusual path to her career in journalism. She majored in music at Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating cum laude in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She continued her education at the University of Illinois where she was awarded a master of science in journalism

In 2007, she was received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Illinois Wesleyan. 

She began her TV career at WICD, Champaign, Ill., as an anchor/reporter. In 1984, she was chosen in a nationwide search to join Dan Miller on the anchor desk at WSMV. She is now the longest continuous evening news anchor in WSMV history and consistently voted a favorite in local reader polls.

At Channel 4, Ms. Kalodimos has won 15 Emmys, two National Headliner Awards, two Investigative Reporters and Editors National Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting and two national citations from American Women in Radio and Television. In 1996, she was chosen Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster of the Year.

She’s traveled to Eastern Europe to report on the plight of Romanian orphans. In the former Yugoslavia, she interviewed people who swore they’d seen the Virgin Mary. And in 1989, long before “60 Minutes” aired its first segment on the AIDS epidemic among hemophiliacs, her investigative report, “A Preventable Plague,” warned viewers of an impending health disaster.

In her spare time, Demetria produces documentaries for her own Genuine Human Productions. Her documentaries have been screened and received awards from the Nashville Independent Film Festival, the Sidewalk Moving Pictures Festival, Indie Memphis, the Berkeley Film and Video Festival, Barebones and the Chicago International Film Festival.

She also produced and directed nationally broadcast music videos for Americana artist Mary Gauthier and singer-songwriter Shawn Camp.

Ms. Demetria Kalodimos has distinguished herself by outstanding service to the profession of journalism, and has brought great honor to herself, her community and the State of Tennessee.

 

The Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame will honor five broadcast journalists during a banquet and award ceremonies Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Murfreesboro Association of Realtors Training Center at 311 Butler Drive, Murfreesboro, Tn.

This will be the fourth class of inductees to be honored by the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame which is centered in the John Bragg Mass Communications building on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. A listing of previous Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame inductees may be found at www.tnjournalismhof.org .

The 2016 class includes a former State Representative who began his journalism career at Murfreesboro’s WGNS radio Station; a former anchor/producer and Television News Director before becoming Press Secretary for Governor Buford Ellington; an anchor, News Director and Reporter; a former TV Sports Director and Anchor; and a popular Radio Sports announcer and Sports News Director who called both Football and Basketball games for High School and College games.

The ceremony will be emceed by WSMV-TV Channel 4 news anchor Demetria Kalodimos, Nashville’s longest serving TV News anchor. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. Guest speakers include; Shane McFarland, Mayor, City of Murfreesboro, Ken Paulson, Dean, College of Media and Entertainment, Ron Fryar, President of the Tennessee Press Association and Owner of the Cannon Courier and Whit Adamson, President of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters.

Individuals who have distinguished themselves through news or business management, leadership in the industry, or in the ordinary practice of all forms of journalism can be considered for induction. Inductees may be living or deceased. Nominees for the 2017 class are being accepted now. Nomination forms and guidelines may be downloaded from TJHOF website.

The Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame 2016 class includes:

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