Congratulations to the Class of 2014 and Chuck Heaton Award recipient, Wayne Dawson!

Photos from the induction ceremony are available here, courtesy of Stephen Cutri of Cutri Photo Arts.

Videos can be viewed at the links below. An enormous thank you to Richard Stewart of DIGIZOOM MEDIA for providing the videos.


For biographies of the Class of 2014 and Chuck Heaton award winner, please see the news release following the videos.

Videos:
Paul Orlouski, News Reporter, WOIO Action 19 News


Tom Suddes, Northeast Ohio Media Group Editorial Board



Wilma Smith, formerly of WEWS and WJW/Fox 8 



Connie Harper, Associate Publisher and Editor, Call & Post (1932-2014)


Ed Byers, formerly of WGAR as "Ed Richards"


Wayne Dawson, Co-Anchor, Fox 8 News in the Morning



In Memoriam


For biographies of the Class of 2014 and Chuck Heaton award winner, please see the news release below.




Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame inductees named
Nov. 7 gala also to celebrate Heaton Award winner

Cleveland, Ohio, August 25, 2014 –
The Press Club of Cleveland has selected five leaders from print, broadcast and digital media to be inducted into the Club’s Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame at a gala celebration Nov. 7.
The inductees are:

·    Ed Byers, formerly of WGAR as “Ed Richards”
·    Constance D. Harper, associate publisher and editor, Call &      
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·    Paul Orlousky, news reporter, WOIO Action 19 News
·    Wilma Smith, formerly of WEWS and WJW/Fox 8
·    Tom Suddes, Northeast Ohio Media Group editorial board


The club will also present its annual Chuck Heaton Award to Wayne Dawson, co-anchor, Fox 8 News in the Morning. Dawson is the seventh recipient of the annual award, which is given to an individual who best exemplifies the qualities of Hall of Fame reporter Chuck Heaton, a long-time sports writer and columnist at The Plain Dealer. Heaton, who passed away in February 2008, was known for his lifelong dedication to journalism, his fairness, his concern for community and helping others.

The induction ceremony will be held at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. Registration / Reception begin at 6 p.m. with dinner and the induction program to follow. Tickets are:  $75 for Press Club members; $85 for non-members; Table of 8 is $680; and, Table of 10 is $850. To register, visit www.pressclubcleveland.com or call (440) 899-1222.

Content Marketing Institute and Lincoln Electric are corporate sponsors of the event. FirstEnergy and Medical Mutual, as Corporate Partners of the Club, support the Hall of Fame and other Club activities.

The Press Club of Cleveland created the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 1981. Plaques honoring Hall of Fame inductees are displayed at Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, which serves as the Club’s unofficial home. Also on display are large-format news photographs of seminal moments in Cleveland history.

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About The Press Club of Cleveland

For more than 125 years, The Press Club of Cleveland has supported thriving, dynamic and top-quality communications professionals, products and platforms that defend and further the public’s right to have access to information. Its efforts to promote excellence in journalism and communications incudes providing education, training and mentoring; organizing forums to share knowledge and ideas; recognizing those who do it well through the annual Hall of Fame inductions and Excellence in Journalism competition; and engaging members of the community. For details, visit www.pressclubcleveland.com.

Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Ed Byers, formerly of WGAR as “Ed Richards”
– Ed Byers is a veteran of more than 30 years in Northeast Ohio radio and television. Now serving manager of media relations for Medical Mutual of Ohio, he returned “home” to Cleveland in 1992 after a 10-year stint in Detroit broadcasting. In the 1970s and ’80s, Byers, using the name Ed Richards, was John Lanigan’s newsman on WGAR where he served as morning news anchor and news director. He was elected regional director for the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Association in 1995, and served as Ohio Regional AP vice president before being elected Ohio AP Broadcasters president in 1999. Byers, inducted into the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2003, is the longest-serving president of The Press Club of Cleveland in the organization’s history, having held the post for five years (2008-12). In that time he organized an array of hugely successful events and kept the club on strong footing despite the challenges of a changing media.
 
Constance D. Harper, associate publisher and editor, Call & Post
– Connie Harper left her position as a Cleveland schoolteacher to become the women's editor of Cleveland’s Call & Post newspaper and later became city editor, working her way up to her current role as associate publisher and editor. She directed the women's committee for Mayor Carl B. Stokes’ re-election campaign. She also served as public affairs officer for the Leadership Institute for Community Development, a government-funded program in Washington, D.C. She is the author of the popular column “Constantly Yours,” her signature piece that appears in the Call & Post. She is a graduate of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2004. In 2010, she was named a national honorary member of The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, a teacher’s sorority, and in 2012 she was in the Women of Color Foundation’s Inaugural Hall of Fame induction class.

Paul Orlousky, news reporter, WOIO Action 19 News
– Paul Orlousky is one of the best-known television news reporters in the city. He has been an aggressive, enterprising and story-breaking presence for more than 35 years. He has had tours of duty at Channels 3, 5, and 19. A reporter at Channel 19 since 1997, he broke numerous stories, including the story about Ariel Castro holding three women captive in his home, and was a leading reporter on the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal. At Channel 3, he established the station's investigative team, including an expose of Cleveland policy truancy and false ticket writing, prompting Northern Ohio Live to name him “the most effective investigative reporter” in Cleveland television. He has collected numerous awards including several local Emmys. He began his broadcasting career while a high school student in Elmira, N.Y., and his early television credits include stops in Binghamton, N.Y., and Youngstown, Ohio.

Wilma Smith, formerly of WEWS and WJW/Fox 8 – Wilma Smith served as a Cleveland news anchor from 1977 to 2013. She was with Fox 8 (WJW) from 1994 to 2013, following 17 years at WEWS-TV5. Born Wilma Pokorny, the Garfield Heights native began her broadcasting career in Richmond, Virginia. She joined Channel 5 in Cleveland as co-host of Afternoon Exchange. She co-hosted Live On 5 beginning in 1982 and the following year began co-anchoring the 11 p.m. newscast with Cleveland Journalism Hall of Famer Ted Henry. She joined WJW in 1994. From 1995 to 2005, Smith was the co-anchor of the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts with Cleveland Journalism Hall of Famer Tim Taylor. In 2005, Smith and Taylor reduced their schedules to anchoring only the 6 p.m. newscast In December that year, Taylor retired and after that Smith anchored the newscast with Lou Maglio. Their newscast was number one in the local ratings.

Tom Suddes, Northeast Ohio Media Group editorial board – Youngstown native Tom Suddes joined The Plain Dealer in 1982. The following year, he transferred to the newspaper’s Columbus bureau, where he has covered the Ohio General Assembly and the state budget for the past 18 years. While at the Statehouse, Suddes was elected president of the century-old Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association. His Plain Dealer column on Ohio government and politics in the PD’s Sunday editions began in the late 1980s. Late in 2000, Suddes left the newspaper’s staff for graduate study at Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. He graduated in 2009 with a Ph.D. in Mass Communication. Suddes returned to The Plain Dealer in 2007 and is now a member of the editorial board of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

2014 Chuck Heaton Award recipient


Wayne Dawson, co-anchor, Fox 8 News in the morning – Wayne Dawson was hired at WJW-TV8 in 1981. In addition to co-anchoring the morning news show, he hosts “Neighborhood,” a quarterly public affairs program. He also has co-anchored the Fox 8 weekend edition, which was rated number one for five consecutive with him at the desk. Well known for Fox 8’s “Pay it Forward” segment in which he hands out $400 to people who have done good deeds, he also plays a key role in the station’s “Stuff the Bus” school-supply drive and Christmas toy collections. He and his brother Will established the Annie L. Dawson Foundation in 2007 “to give back by sharing the message and the inspiration our mother instilled in us.” The brothers aim their efforts at at-risk youth, offering empowerment seminars and scholarships to needy students. An eight-time Emmy winner, Dawson is a member of the NAACP, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. He is also a member of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Before joining WJW in the late 1970s, Dawson was an anchor/reporter at WNIR Radio in Kent, Ohio, where had had graduated from Kent State University.

CONTACTS:  
Mary Patton, publicity chair, 216-214-3951; mary@pattonpr.com
Michael E. Bennett, president, 216-408-3874; mebennett@outlook.com




Congratulations to the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame Class of 2013 (click name to view video):

  • Jeff Darcy, Northeast Ohio Media Group
  • Paul Hoynes, Northeast Ohio Media Group
  • Dee Perry, WCPN, ideastream
  • Mary Anne Sharkey, formerly The Plain Dealer
  • Violet Spevack, Cleveland Jewish News

  • And congratulations to this year's recipient of the Chuck Heaton Award, Jim McIntyre, of AM WHK 1420.

    Photos of the induction ceremony, held on Nov. 14, 2013 are available here.

    To view videos honoring the inductees, please click on the inductee's name above.

    Please also see the searchable archive of all journalists inducted into Press Club's Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame, from 1981 to 2013.


    Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame Class of 2013, Biographies


    Jeff Darcy (Northeast Ohio Media Group) -- For Jeff Darcy, it all began with an eighth-grade art class assignment to draw a cartoon character and he quickly earned the title “class artist.” Little did he know it would lead him to an award-winning newspaper career, which began at the Sun Newspapers and the Cleveland Edition (an alternative weekly). Named finalist for a 2013 Pulitzer Prize for cartooning, Darcy’s career at The Plain Dealer began in 1993 when he was groomed to replace the legendary Ray Osrin who was retiring. Born in Lakewood, he grew up in Fairview Park and graduated from St. Edward High School and the University of Dayton.


    Paul Hoynes (Northeast Ohio Media Group) -- A past president of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Hoynes has covered The Plain Dealer’s Cleveland Indians beat for 25 years, meaning he has written about more than 5,000 major league games. He started covering the Indians in 1983 for The News-Herald. An award-winning columnist, his “Hey Hoynsie” column is a long-running PD reader favorite. Hoynes is also featured in the book, “Pond Scum and Vultures: America's Sportswriters Talk about Their Glamorous Profession” by Gene Wojciechowski. Hoynes grew up in Cleveland reading The Plain Dealer and the Cleveland Press. Interestingly, he ended up working at both papers during his career.


    Dee Perry (WCPN, ideastream) -- Dee Perry has been a part of Cleveland broadcasting since 1976 having started her career at WABQ-AM. She was born and raised in Cleveland, and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School and Cleveland State University. She has appeared in several productions at PlayhouseSquare theaters, as well as Tri-C, CSU, and Karamu House Theatre and Ensemble Theatre. Perry’s radio home since 1989 has been 90.3 WCPN (FM). She is currently the host and producer of 90.3’s weekday radio magazine, The Sound of Applause, which focuses on visual and performing arts, cultural trends and current events through an artistic lens. Perry also serves as host and producer for Applause, WVIZ’s half-hour weekly television series which is also devoted to arts and culture.


    Mary Anne Sharkey (formerly The Plain Dealer) -- Mary Anne Sharkey has done it all – newspaper columnist, editor, political commentator, writer, campaign and government consultant. Her journalism career began as a part-time obituary writer for The Journal Herald in Dayton. She came to Cleveland and rose to the upper echelons of the newsroom at The Plain Dealer. She was the PD’s first female editorial page editor, the PD’s first female statehouse bureau chief, and the first female president of the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association. At the PD, she also served as metro editor, reporter and columnist. Her local renown was such that she once was featured as the cover profile in Cleveland Magazine. Sharkey currently is a commentator at WKYC TV-3 for Between the Lines with Tom Beres. She is a graduate of University of Dayton.


    Violet Spevack - (Cleveland Jewish News) – At age 97, Violet Spevack maintains she is too young to retire. She has written for the Cleveland Jewish News for nearly 50 years. Her “Cavalcade” column continues to entertain and inform the community as it has since nearly the first day the CJN debuted as a weekly newspaper. In her columns and in her feature stories, Violet captures the heart and soul of organizations, community leaders, celebrities and everyday folk. She also has been a regular on the speaking circuit, with her current topic of “Everything I Really Know I Learned in My Old Age.” The CJN Foundation created the Violet Spevack Internship Endowment in her honor to help train the next generation of journalists.

     

     

    2013 Chuck Heaton Award Recipient

               

    Jim McIntyre has one of the most trusted voices in Greater Cleveland, delivering newscasts on Cleveland’s radio airwaves for more than two decades. Following a long run as news and public affairs director at music-intensive WDOK, McIntyre has gone back to his roots, gathering and delivering newscasts on AM 1420 WHK. He also hosts an hour-long public affairs show called "The 11th Hour,” and he delivers morning traffic reports for sister station, The Fish. Among his many civic duties, McIntyre helped organize the Tall Ships Festival. He is a devout Catholic and dedicates much of his free time to his church. McIntyre serves as Master of Ceremonies at countless events, including the annual Medal of Valor awards program for the Rotary Club of Cleveland, the Deck the House benefit for Providence House, and the annual awards program for Cleveland EMS, where he was named Citizen of the Year in 2011.

     

     

    CONTACTS: 

    Mary Patton, publicity chair, 216-214-3951; mary@pattonpr.com

    Michael E. Bennett, president, 216-408-3874; mebennett@outlook.com




    Members of The Press Club of Cleveland 2012 Hall of Fame are:
    Jim Collins
    Ted Diadiun
    Vivian Goodman
    Vern Henry
    Stuart Warner

    The recicipient of the 2012 Chuck Heaton Award is: Jack Marschall.

    Press Club members may submit a ballot to vote for inductees by Aug. 3, 2012. For questions, please contact The Press Club office:  440-899-1222 or pressclubcleveland@oh.rr.com.



    To view or search for all Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame inductees, please visit our Hall of Fame Archives.

    Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame, 2011

    The 2011 Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame Induction was held on Friday, Oct. 28. 

    Please check out photos from the event, courtesy of Bonnie Godbey, and video highlights, courtesy of Bruce Hennes.

    Members of the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame class for 2011 are:
    Tom Beres, WKYC-TV3
    Tom Feran, The Plain Dealer
    Phillip Morris, The Plain Dealer
    Kelly O'Donnell, NBC News
    Bob Paynter, Principal, Investigative Communications
    Herb Thomas is the 2011 Chuck Heaton Award Recipient

    Click here to see more information on this year's Hall of Fame Nominees.

    Special thanks to Richard Stuart of DIGIZOOM MEDIA for his video production services, which helped capture the highlights of our inductees' wonderful careers, shown throughout the induction ceremony.

     


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    Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame, 2010

    2010 inductees:

    Inductees Terry & Ralph Kovel

    Inductee Jack Graney
     
    Inductee Joanna Connors

    Inductee John Teresko
     
    Chuck Heaton Award recipient Margaret Bernstein

    Inductee Mark Dodosh

    Inductee Martin Savidge
     
    Inductee Eileen Korey

    View photos from the 2010 induction ceremony




    Short Video of the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame at Nighttown
    Nighttown is the home of The Press Club of Cleveland's Journalism Hall of Fame, honoring the greats in journalism history.  View the short video (1 minute), and visit The Hall of Fame, open 7 days a week from 11:30 a.m. - Midnight.  Many thanks to Michael Settonni and Broadcast Media Ideas for the video.
     


    The Press Club of Cleveland Honors Hall of Fame Inductees on Oct. 28, 2009
    Congratulations to 2009 Inductees Jim Donovan, Dick Russ, Bill Wynne, Regina Brett and Paul Sciria; 2008 inductees Walt Bogdanich and Elizabeth Sullivan; and 2009 Chuck Heaton Award Recipient John Telich.  
     
    Photos of the event, courtesy of Bruce Hennes.
     
    Video available of Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame inductee Regina Brett.
     
    Press Club presents Second Annual Chuck Heaton Award to John Telich of WJW - Fox 8

    Plain Dealer Article:  Regina Brett, Jim Donovan, 5 others to join Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame, by Mike Mentrek.



    Hall of Fame After-Work Party
    The Press Club of Cleveland hosted an After-Work Party, held to welcome, celebrate and thank The Press Club Hall of Fame honorees for their years of service and journalism to our community.  The event took place May 18, 2009 at Nighttown.  Photos courtesy of Press Club board member Bruce Hennes, of Hennes Communications.
     


    Press Club of Cleveland's 2008 Hall of Fame

    News release

    West Life Article about Press Club's 2008 Hall of Fame Event, by Kevin Kelley
    City's First Black TV Reporter Joins Press Club Hall of Fame



    Press Club of Cleveland's 2nd Annual Journalism Hall of Fame Alumni Reception
    was held June 2, 2008 at Nighttown

    It was a wonderful evening ... the guest list was a who's who of Cleveland media with legendary names.  Check out photos, courtesy of Bruce Hennes.



    A Look Back at Photos from the 2007 Hall of Fame Ceremony