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Tennessee Journalism Hall Of Fame

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

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

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JOE EDWARDS
JOE EDWARDS

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.

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EARL FREUDENBERG
EARL FREUDENBERG

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.

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FRANCIS
FRANCIS "RED" O'DONNELL

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.

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Paul Freeman Tinkle-
Paul Freeman Tinkle-

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.

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BILL WILLIAMS
BILL WILLIAMS

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.

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