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Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame

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The Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame was created in 2001 to honor visionaries and innovators in the Wisconsin newspaper industry. Since then, 54 individuals have been recognized with the honor.

The WNA is currently accepting 2019 Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame nominations. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, Aug. 1.

This year’s Hall of Fame Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14 at The Madison Club in downtown Madison. Sponsorships, which help support the WNA Foundation, are available.

Nomination guidelines

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 inductees

Robert Angus

Robert L. Angus
Daily Jefferson County Union
Fort Atkinson
2012

Scott Angus
The Gazette
Janesville
2018

Vern Arendt
Ozaukee Press
Port Washington
2001

Bill Barth

William R. Barth
Beloit Daily News
2016

Alfred “Al” Bauer Jr.
Bloomer Advance
2010

William D. Behling
Beloit Daily News & Rhinelander Daily News
2008

Robert Berglund
Tribune Record Gleaner
Loyal
2007

Marie Berner
Antigo Daily Journal
2009

Sidney H. ‘Skip’ Bliss
The Gazette
Janesville
2016

William E. Branen
Burlington Standard Press
2001

Howard J. Brown
The Kenosha News & Lake Geneva Regional News
2007

C.W. Brown
Oconomowoc Enterprise
2001

Jim Burgess
La Crosse Tribune & Wisconsin State Journa
Madison
2008

Virginia Burtness
Ashland Daily Press
2006

John B. Chapple
The Daily Press
2004

James Clifford
Watertown Daily Times
2010

John D. Clifford
Watertown Daily Times
2003

Scott Cutlip
University of Wisconsin
2005

Robert J. Dreps
Godfrey & Kahn
2016

Diane Everson
The Edgerton Reporter
2013

William T. Evjue
The Capital Times
Madison
2001

Bonnie Fechtner
Wisconsin Newspaper Association
2015

Ralph Goldsmith
Boscobel Dial
2002

Charles Graaskamp
Leader-Telegram and The Country Today
Eau Claire2014

Lester Hawkes
University of Wisconsin
2001

William Dempster Hoard
Jefferson County Union
Fort Atkinson
2005

William H. “Bill” Howe
Courier Press
Prairie du Chien
2018

Andrew Johnson
Wisconsin Free Press Group
2018

Marshall W. Johnston
The Gazette
Janesville
2003

Marty Kaiser

Martin Kaiser
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
2017

Bill Knutson
The Post-Crescent
Appleton
2007

Warren Leary

Warren D. Leary, Jr.
Rice Lake Chronotype
2003

Doug Lyke
Ripon Commonwealth Press
2002

Jim McLoone
Lake Country Reporter
Hartland
2002

Nancy Mersereau
Ozaukee Press
Port Washington
2011

Willis Miller
Hudson Star-Observer
2004

V.I. Minahan

V.I. Minahan
The Post-Crescent
Appleton
2006

Carol O'Leary

Carol O’Leary
The Tribune Phonograph, The Record-Review & The Star News
2018

J.A. O’Leary
The Tribune Phonograph, The Record-Review & The Star News
2005

Leo Pesch Jr.
Peshtigo Times
2006

Charles Roethe
Fennimore Times
2006

George Rogers
Stevens Point Journal & Portage County Gazette
2006

William F. Schanen Jr.
Ozaukee Press
Port Washington
2005

Tom Schultz
Watertown Daily Times
2017

Wally Smetana
The Dunn County News
Menomonie
2009

Palmer H. Sondreal
Amery Free Press
2008

Larry Tobin
The Tomahawk Leader
2015

John B. Torinus Sr.
The Post-Crescent
Appleton
2001

Donald P. Walker
Lakeland Times
Minocqua
2007

Robert H. Wills
Milwaukee Sentinel
2001

J. Martin (Murph) Wolman
Wisconsin State Journal
Madison
2004

Frank Wood
Green Bay News-Chronicle & Denmark Press
2002

Robert Wright
Marquette County Tribune
Montello
2006

David Zweifel
The Capital Times
Madison
2011

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