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.




    Mary Patton, publicity chair, 216-214-3951;

    Michael E. Bennett, president, 216-408-3874;

    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

    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.



    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