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Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame

The Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame was created in 2001 to honor visionaries and innovators in the Wisconsin newspaper industry. Hall of Fame nominations are open to anyone, living or deceased, who has contributed above and beyond the call of duty to newspapers and newspapering in Wisconsin. This includes publishers, editors, reporters, photographers or any other newspaper personnel who’ve made significant contributions to the newspaper industry.

It is expected that the individual should have dedicated at least 15 years of service to newspapering. Length of service by itself, however, is not expected to be a major determinant.

With the approval of the nomination committee, Hall of Fame induction may be extended to someone outside the working industry, such as an educator, jurist, attorney or legislator. The primary criterion is exceptional service on behalf of Wisconsin newspapers. Other criteria may be established or considered by the Hall of Fame selection committee or the WNAF Board as deemed appropriate or necessary.

Hall of Fame PicRobert L. Angus
Daily Jefferson County Union, Fort Atkinson
2012
Hall of Fame PicVern Arendt
Ozaukee Press, Port Washington
2001
Hall of Fame PicWilliam R. Barth
Beloit Daily News
2016
Hall of Fame PicAlfred “Al” Bauer Jr.
Bloomer Advance
2010
Hall of Fame PicWilliam D. Behling
Beloit Daily News and Rhinelander Daily News
2008
Hall of Fame PicRobert Berglund
Tribune Record Gleaner, Loyal
2007
Hall of Fame PicMarie Berner
Antigo Daily Journal
2009
Hall of Fame PicSidney H. ‘Skip’ Bliss
The Gazette, Janesville
2016
Hall of Fame PicWilliam E. Branen
Burlington Standard Press
2001
Hall of Fame PicHoward J. Brown
The Kenosha News and Lake Geneva Regional News
2007
Hall of Fame PicC.W. Brown
Oconomowoc Enterprise
2001
Hall of Fame PicJim Burgess
La Crosse Tribune and Wisconsin State Journal, Madison
2008
Hall of Fame PicVirginia Burtness
Ashland Daily Press
2006
Hall of Fame PicJohn B. Chapple
The Daily Press
2004
Hall of Fame PicJames Clifford
Watertown Daily Times
2010
Hall of Fame PicJohn D. Clifford
Watertown Daily Times
2003
Hall of Fame PicScott Cutlip
University of Wisconsin
2005
Hall of Fame PicRobert J. Dreps
Godfrey & Kahn
2016
Hall of Fame PicDiane Everson
The Edgerton Reporter
2013
Hall of Fame PicWilliam T. Evjue
The Capitol Times, Madison
2001
Hall of Fame PicBonnie Fechtner
Wisconsin Newspaper Association
2015
Hall of Fame PicRalph Goldsmith
Boscobel Dial
2002
Hall of Fame PicCharles Graaskamp
Leader-Telegram and The Country Today, Eau Claire
2014
Hall of Fame PicLester Hawkes
UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communications
2001
Hall of Fame PicWilliam Dempster Hoard
Daily Jefferson County Union and Hoard’s Dairyman, Fort Atkinson
2005
Hall of Fame PicMarshall W. Johnston
The Janesville Gazette
2003
Hall of Fame PicBill Knutson
The Post-Crescent, Appleton
2007
Hall of Fame PicWarren D. Leary, Jr.
Rice Lake Chronotype
2003
lyke-dougDoug Lyke
Ripon Commonwealth Press
2002
Hall of Fame PicJim McLoone
Lake Country Reporter, Hartland
2002
Hall of Fame PicNancy Mersereau
Ozaukee Press, Port Washington
2011
Hall of Fame PicWillis Miller
Hudson Star-Observer
2004
Hall of Fame PicV.I. Minahan
Appleton Post-Crescent
2006
Hall of Fame PicJ.A. O’Leary
The Tribune Phonograph, The Record-Review and The Star News
2005
Hall of Fame PicLeo Pesch Jr.
Peshtigo Times
2006
Hall of Fame PicCharles Roethe
Fennimore Times
2006
Hall of Fame PicGeorge Rogers
Stevens Point Journal and Portage County Gazette
2006
Hall of Fame PicWilliam F. Schanen Jr.
Ozaukee Press, Port Washington
2005
Hall of Fame PicWally Smetana
The Dunn County News, Menomonie
2009
Hall of Fame PicPalmer H. Sondreal
Amery Free Press
2008
Hall of Fame PicLarry Tobin
The Tomahawk Leader
2015
Hall of Fame PicJohn B. Torinus Sr.
The Post-Crescent, Appleton
2001
Hall of Fame PicDonald P. Walker
Lakeland Times, Minocqua
2007
Hall of Fame PicRobert H. Wills
Milwaukee Sentinel
2001
Hall of Fame PicJ. Martin (Murph) Wolman
Wisconsin State Journal, Madison
2004
Hall of Fame PicFrank Wood
Green Bay News-Chronicle and Denmark Press
2002
Hall of Fame PicRobert Wright
Marquette County Tribune, Montello
2006
Hall of Fame PicDavid Zweifel
The Capital Times, Madison
2011

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