2017 Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame Banquet & Fundraiser to honor Kaiser, Schultz

From left, Watertown Daily Times Managing Editor Tom Schultz, former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editor Marty Kaiser and WNA Foundation Vice President Scott Peterson pose for a photo at the WNA Convention and Trade Show in February.

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MADISON – The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation will induct former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editor Marty Kaiser and Watertown Daily Times Editor Tom Schultz into the Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame on Thursday, Nov. 16 in Madison.

The event is open to the public and relatives, friends and co-workers of the inductees are encouraged to attend. The 2017 Hall of Fame Banquet & Fundraiser will be held at The Madison Club, 5 E. Wilson St., Madison, with a reception at 6 p.m. featuring a cash bar and the WNA Foundation Giving Tree auction, and dinner at 7 p.m. The induction ceremony will immediately follow dinner.

Tickets are $55 per person or $500 for a table of 10, and can be purchased online.

A block of rooms have been reserved at a reduced rate of $139 at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace. Rooms can be reserved at bit.ly/WNAHOFRooms or by calling 877-510-7465 and asking for the group NEWS. The deadline to reserve a room is October 17.

Proceeds will benefit the WNA Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established in 1980 to enhance the quality and future of Wisconsin’s newspapers and the communities they serve. It does this through fellowship, internship and scholarship programs, providing training for current and future journalists and supporting other journalism-related programs that help fulfill the Foundation’s mission.

The WNAF Hall of Fame was created in 2001 to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the newspaper industry in Wisconsin. Since its inception, 47 individuals have been honored with Hall of Fame inductions.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the event and can be viewed by clicking here.

2017 Inductees

Martin Kaiser, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Marty Kaiser

Martin “Marty” Kaiser is a senior fellow at The Democracy Fund and the former editor and senior vice president of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Under his leadership from 1997 to 2015, the Journal Sentinel earned a national reputation for its investigative journalism and digital innovation and won three Pulitzer Prizes — two for Local Reporting and another for Explanatory Reporting. Before arriving at the Journal Sentinel, he served as an Associate Managing Editor of The Baltimore Sun. Editor & Publisher magazine named him its “Editor of the Year” for 2009.

Kaiser is a member of the board of the American Society of News Editors Foundation, the advisory board of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Journalism Advisory Board of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, the Colby College (Maine) Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award board, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism board and has been a Pulitzer Prize judge three times. He earned his bachelor’s degree at The George Washington University and completed the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management Executive Program.

Tom Schultz, Watertown Daily Times

Tom Schultz

Tom Schultz is the managing editor of the Watertown Daily Times, where he has worked for 50 years.

In addition to managing the news department for most of his career, he has been part of the team that transitioned the newspaper from letterpress printing to offset in 1971, the introduction of computerization and the use of personal computers for all typesetting, the movement to digital photography at the newspaper and, more recently, the decision to close the printing press operations at the Watertown plant in September of 2011 and begin a new era with the printing done at the state-of-the-art Janesville Gazette printing division.

Schultz is a past president of both the WNA Board of Directors and the Wisconsin Associated Press Editors Association. He has been involved in several community activities and helped found the Watertown Riverfest celebration more than 30 years ago and the Watertown Area Community Foundation, where is currently serves as president. He’s also served several terms as president at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 15 years as a member of the board of directors for the Northwestern Publishing House, a national publishing division of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

About the WNA Foundation

Supporting WNA goals is the WNA Foundation, a not-for-profit organization created in 1980. WNAF works to improve the quality and future of Wisconsin’s newspaper enterprises, the industry and the communities they serve. The foundation solicits, manages and disburses funds and other resources for the benefit of Wisconsin’s newspaper industry and, ultimately, the citizens of our state.


For more information, contact:
Julia Hunter, 608-283-7622