The College of Mass Communication honored students, distinguished alumni and journalists in its once-a-year day of celebration last spring. Ceremonies included the annual Wall of Fame induction and the 20th annual Student Awards. More than 75 undergraduate and graduate students were recognized and more than $36,000 in scholarships were awarded, all of it given through private donors to the College. The College also celebrated the induction of the inaugural class of the Journalism Hall of Fame and several students were inducted into the prestigious Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA) honor society for journalism. View the Award’s Day program here to take a look at the full list of student winners and the full bios for the Wall of Fame/Hall of Fame inductees.
The College introduced its inaugural class of the Journalism Hall of Fame, which was unveiled in October 2012. “This is the first all-inclusive hall of fame in the state to showcase talented media professionals in all areas,” John Hood, MTSU director of governmental and community affairs, told the crowd assembled inside Murphy Center for the ceremony. “These people all put Volunteer State journalism on the world map of credibility. We also appreciate that the hall of fame is at MTSU, because its College of Mass Communication is recognized globally for producing all kinds of media professionals.” Inductees were:
- Chris Clark, retired chief news anchor for WTVF-TV NewsChannel 5 in Nashville. Clark produced multiple global documentaries and played a strategic role in convincing the Tennessee Supreme Court to allow cameras in courtrooms. Clark, the longest tenured news anchor in Tennessee with his 41-year stint at WTVF, is an MTSU mass communication instructor.
- Anne Holt, a 30-year veteran and three-time Emmy Award winner at WKRN-TV News 2 in Nashville. Among her numerous accolades, she is a recipient of the coveted George Foster Peabody Award for investigative reporting and the Distinguished Service Award from the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters.
- The late Dan Miller, the longtime chief news anchor at Nashville’s WSMV-TV Channel 4, where he was once named the “Most Popular News Anchor in America” and was voted Nashville’s “Best News Anchor” multiple times. A winner of multiple Emmy Awards, Miller died in 2009.
- John Seigenthaler, chairman emeritus of The Tennessean in Nashville, founding editorial director of USA TODAY and founder of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University as well as MTSU’s Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies.
- Dean Stone, editor of The Daily Times in Maryville as well as a featured columnist. He served multiple terms as president of the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors, now known as the Tennessee Associated Press Media Editors.
- William Bryant “Bill” Williams Jr., a third-generation community newspaper publisher, who is publisher emeritus of the Paris (Tenn.) Post-Intelligencer, a newspaper that has served the Henry County community since 1866.
Several journalism students were also inducted into the prestigious Kappa Tau Alpha honor society for journalism students. Of this year’s inductees, Dr. Dwight Brooks, director of the School of Journalism, said, “This is the fourth class inducted into our chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, and each one is special. I am especially proud of the 14 students inducted this year because the class included Alex Hubbard, one of those rare and amazing students who comes along once in an educator’s lifetime. I also know Kayla Moore, who works in the School of Journalism office. I met her parents and they are as proud of her as I am — if not more. This year’s class not only personifies KTA’s commitment to academic excellence and scholarship, but many also are leaders in our student media and student organizations.”
Kappa Tau Alpha inductees include: Kelsi Carter, Kristina Cummings, Nhu Duong, Michael Dye, Miriam Friday, Emily Hill, Alex Hubbard, Leslie Kelly, Kayla Moore, Steven Neusse, Lauren O’Connor, Katie Thomas, Justin Threlkeld and Mary Weatherford.