Six accomplished media veterans, including one posthumous honoree, were celebrated by family, friends, colleagues and supporters this week as they were inducted into the latest class of the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame.
The seventh annual induction ceremony was held Aug. 6, during the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters annual conference at Murfreesboro’s Embassy Suites Hotel. Housed at Middle Tennessee State University, the hall has now inducted 44 members in recognition of their excellence in the media industry.
This year’s class includes Memphis television anchor Valerie Calhoun; retired Associated Press Nashville veteran Joe Edwards; retired Chattanooga radio and TV broadcaster Fred Freudenberg; the late Nashville Banner columnist Francis “Red” O’Donnell (posthumous); West Tennessee radio executive Paul Tinkle; and retired, longtime Knoxville TV anchor Bill Williams.
This year’s event was dedicated to the memory of TJHOF co-founder, journalist and author Dan Whittle, who died in April after a lengthy battle with leukemia and was an inductee into last year’s class. He was 74.