Four honored by TN Journalism Hall of Fame

News release from Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame

MURFREESBORO-The Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame will honor four outstanding journalists during induction ceremonies Tuesday, August 15, at 4:30 pm during the 69th Conference of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters at Murfreesboro’s Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. This will mark the fifth class to be inducted into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame located at Middle Tennessee State University.

This year’s inductees include a Vietnam veteran combat reporter who served in Afghanistan, and later reported for the Nashville Banner and Tennessean; a capitol hill retired Bureau Chief who covered Tennessee politics for over 40 years; a retired three time Tennessee Sports Writer of the year; and the first African American news broadcaster who originally planned to earn his master’s degree from Tennessee State University in theater, study drama in New York, but instead became the recognized radio voice for people across multiple southern States via WLAC-AM radio in Nashville, Tennessee.

The ceremony will be emceed by none other than WSMV-TV channel 4 news anchor and a 2016 Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame Inductee, Demetria Kalodimos, Middle Tennessee’s most recognized news anchor.

Guest speakers include Ron Fryar, Owner and Publisher of the Cannon Courier and immediate Past-President Tennessee Press Association, Whit Adamson, President of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, Ken Paulson, Dean of MTSU College of Media and Entertainment and MTSU Journalism Professor, Dr. Larry Burriss.

The Tennessee Journalism Hall Fame is an independent partner with MTSU recognizing individuals who have distinguished themselves through news or business management, leadership in the industry, or in the ordinary practice of Journalism. Inductees can include reporters, writers, editors, publishers, news directors, and other managers as well as those who have excelled in advertising or public relations, and journalism advertising and PR education. Inductees may be living or deceased, native Tennesseans or non-natives who spent a substantial part of their career in Tennessee.

The 2017 Honorees are:

  • STEPHEN LEON ALLIGOOD-Reporter Nashville Banner and The Tennessean, Covered 101st Airborne in Afghanistan as an embedded reporter, winner of national, regional and state awards, presently Associate Professor of Journalism, MTSU.
  • THOMAS (TOM) EDWARD HUMPHREY, III-Retired Nashville Bureau-Chief, Knoxville, Sentinel and contributing editor for the Tennessee Journal. Currently edits a popular blog and writes a weekly column for the News Sentinel. Covered Capitol Hill politics for almost 40 years. Originally from United Press International. Graduate Nashville School of Law.
  • LARRY “WOODROW” WOODY-Retired sports writer for The Tennessean, three-time Tennessee Sports Writer of the Year, author of several books, Vietnam Combat Reporter and member of the Martin Methodist College Sports Hall of Fame, 2001-2002 class.
  • DON WHITEHEAD-First African American radio news broadcaster, WLAC- Radio, Nashville, Tennessee. A 1967 graduate of Tennessee State University, the young African-American Radio Journalist became a voice for the people throughout the south using the radio airways to encourage black youth to attend school emphasizing the importance of education.

Note: Tom Humphrey was too modest to do a post about his own honor, hence my debut as a blogger. Now that I’ve learned how (I think), I might slip in another one now and then when Old Tom is out hunting or fishing. Congratulations to Tom and all the honorees.

Ed Cromer

Editor, The Tennessee Journal

24 Responses to Four honored by TN Journalism Hall of Fame

  • Georgiana Vines says:

    So glad Tom is being honored.

  • Deputy Commissioner Tom Moore (Ret) says:

    Congratulations to you Tom and your fellow inductees.

  • Chip Smith says:

    Tom, congrats on your induction. It is great to see you recognized for your professionalism and journalistic fairness during your years of writing. You have set a high stendsrd for others to follow. Best wishes for many more years of writing. Always look forward to the emails with your latest blogs. Again, CONGRATS!!

  • David Fox says:

    Congratulations Tom. A well-deserved honor.

  • Linda McCarty says:

    Well earned, Tom. Very happy for you.

  • keith miles says:

    Bravo, Tom!
    Congratulations to all.

  • Congratulations Tom; you have served your profession well; kept citizens ( and officials) informed,
    And have been the epitome of the Founding Fathers vision for the “. 4 Th” branch!
    Thank you ( from Philadelphia) and many Congratulations!

  • Jimmy Dunn says:

    Congratulations, Tom. Such an an honor. I look forward to you blogs each day. Keep them coming.

  • Chas says:

    Congratulations, Tom. That’s a real honor.

    And congrats to Leon, Larry Woody and Don Whitehead. This is an excellent class of journalists.

  • Bill Young says:

    Tom good seeing you last weekend and a well deserved honor! Please continue to keep up your excellent work for The Tennessee Journal, your posts should be required reading for all Tennesseans who want to stay posted on current events!

  • Congratulations to four outstanding individuals. Each is well-deserving of such an outstanding honor.
    And my special appreciation to Tom Humphrey for doing such an excellent job with Humphrey on the Hill. Ed, thank you for writing the piece to recognize these fine individuals.

  • Amy Harshman Green says:

    So many Congratulations to all the nominees!!! But especially to Tom. So happy that you are out of retirement and that we are able (once again) to follow the adventures of Capital Hill.

  • Tom Hayden says:

    Well deserved, Tom. Congrats to all.

  • Paula Wade says:

    Bravo, Ol’ Tom! Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

  • Tom Chester says:

    Bravo to all the honorees and particularly to Tom Humphrey. It was a privilege to work with and learn from Ole Tom.

  • Luanne Grandinetti says:

    Such a respected group. I have been lucky in my journalism and PR career to have known Tom and Leon. Both exemplary journalists and men.

  • Carol Brown Andrews says:

    Hooper Penuel told me about this a few weeks ago. Way to go, Tom, Leon and all! Very well deserved.

  • Darryl Coleman says:

    CONGRATULATIONS>>> Outstanding for Mr Humphrey!!!

  • Junelandrum says:

    Congrats tom! I look forward to your emails Thank you for sending them I did not see you at the statesmans dinner last Thur. Perhaps your just tired of listening to u s Vice Presidents. Also did not see Memphis Richard so happy for your distinguished award

  • Cannoneer2 says:

    Congratulations Tom! A well deserved honor!!

  • Mary Nell Bryan says:

    No one does more than Tom Humphrey to keep interested citizens abreast of news, especially political news. Congratulations on this recognition of your outstanding career, Tom. Kudos to all of the illustrious honorees.

  • Theo Morrison says:

    Congratulations to Tom and all the award winners! So well-deserved! Thank you for all of your contributions to journalism.

  • Kudos to Tom. Well deserved. For years I started my week, first thing, by reading Toms political column in the KNS. The recognition just couldn’t happen to a better reporter.

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