Hall of Fame

The Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame is an honor roll of journalists who made outstanding contributions to their profession.

To nominate a long-time Kansas journalist, journalism professor or friend of the newspaper industry, send a nomination letter and supporting information to Emily Bradbury at ebradbury@kspress.com.

  • Allen, Henry J.

    Henry J. Allen, journalist, governor and U.S. senator, was a political leader in state and national affairs for 50 years. Born in Pennsylvania, Allen came to Kansas with his parents at age 5. He attended Baker University at Baldwin but left school in 1891 to become a cub reporter on the Salina Republican. In 1907, he purchased the Wichita Beacon....

  • Anderson, Les

    Les Anderson was born Nov. 23, 1948, in Viola, Kan. He was a journalist, a teacher, a mentor, a community leader and a relentless champion for his family, the Valley Center community he loved, Wichita State University journalism students and the community newspapers of Kansas.

  • Anstaett, Doug

    While Doug Anstaett's professional newspaper career spanned almost five decades, his interest in journalism actually began in the late-1950s when he began proofreading his local newspaper, The People's Herald. He couldn't wait for the Herald to arrive each week because it provided a treasure trove of misspelled words for the Lyndon, Kan....

  • Anthony, Daniel Read

    Col. Daniel Read Anthony is perhaps the most colorful character in the history of Kansas journalism. He killed a rival publisher in a street duel, caned a U.S. Senator, and himself was shot, spat upon, beaten up with an umbrella, and horsewhipped twice while in his sixties.

  • Austin, Whitley

    Whitley Austin began his career with William Allen White and the Emporia Gazette following his graduation from the University of Wisconsin. He then moved on to the Hutchinson News before being named editor of the Salina Journal in 1949. He added the title of publisher five years later, and remained in that capacity until his retirement in 1975.

  • Awbrey, Stuart

    Stuart Awbrey was born February 26, 1918, in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Kansas City, Mo. After graduating from the University of Missouri, he began his journalism career at the Emporia Gazette in 1938. In September of that year, he moved to the News-Herald in Hutchinson. He was named editor-publisher of the Garden City Telegram in 1953 when the...

  • Bailey, Roy

    Roy Bailey was born in Emporia on May 8, 1883. After graduating from high school in 1901, he was hired by William Allen White at the Emporia Gazette. For $5 a week, he served as a reporter, ad man, collector, and proof reader. In 1905, Bailey went to work as city editor of the Parsons Sun. He quit the business briefly to operate a music store, but...

  • Baugh, Jay

    Jay Baugh was born in 1903 and began writing for the Kinsley Mercury while still in high school. He became the youngest newspaper editor in Kansas when he purchased the Montezuma Press in 1923. In 1946 he purchased the Johnson Pioneer , and sold the paper in 1960 after suffering two coronary occlusions.

  • Beck, Moses Milton

    M.M. Beck was a captain of artillery in the Union army during the Civil War, after which he was a farmer, merchant, and druggist. In March 1875, he bought into a new publication called the Holton Recorder, and became sole owner of the paper in 1881. According to the March 1931 issue of the Jayhawker, “without previous experience he learned the...

  • Beck, Will T.

    Will Beck was born in Holton on February 14, 1873. His father M.M. founded the Holton Recorder two years later. Beck went to work as a printer’s devil at age 10, and would work on the Recorder in some capacity until his death eight decades later. Beck graduated from Campbell College in Holton and attended the University of Michigan. Active in the...

  • Berkely, Joe

    There can be no discussion of the High Plains Journal without talking about its founding publisher of 44 years, Joe Berkely.Berkely, born in 1919 in Chicago, was the son of a doctor. As a teen, Berkely traveled to France with his mother while his sister took ballet lessons, and he became fluent in the French language.

  • Beth, Elmer F.

    Elmer Beth was born December 8, 1901 in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1927 and earned a master’s from the university the following year. After serving as an instructor at Washington State University and the University of Idaho, he came to the University of Kansas in 1940. In the war years he ran the journalism...

  • Blackburn, William E.

    When the Kansas Editorial Association became the Kansas Press Association on January 19, 1924, William Elmer Blackburn stood almost alone among the state’s editors in his vote against the change. The following year, he organized a new Kansas Editorial Association.

  • Boyd, Frank "Bus" Jr.

    Frank Boyd, Jr., was born July 9, 1912, in Phillipsburg, the son of Phillips County Post publishers Frank and Mamie Boyd and brother of McDill 'Huck' Boyd. He graduated in 1934 from Kansas State University, where he was captain of the K-State basketball team. Upon graduation he was offered a professional baseball contract, which he turned down.

  • Boyd, Frank W.

    Frank Boyd, who headlined one of the best known publishing families in Kansas, began 54 years of newspaper work by laboring in the Kensington shop during high school. He worked his way through Kansas State University, and in 1903 entered the newspaper business with the Phillips County Post. With the exception of a brief period in 1922, he...

  • Boyd, Mamie

    Mamie Boyd’s long career in the newspaper business began in 1905 with her marriage to Frank Boyd, editor of the Phillips County Review. The Boyds purchased the Review in 1907 and added the Jewell County Record in 1947. When Mr. Boyd died in 1947, Mrs. Boyd continued to publish the two papers.

  • Boyd, McDill "Huck"

    McDill 'Huck' Boyd, brother of Frank Boyd, Jr., was born in Phillipsburg in 1907. After studying journalism at Kansas State College for two years, he returned to Phillipsburg to work on the Review with his parents, Mamie and Frank, Sr. Huck bought an interest in the paper in 1933 and took over its operation in 1941. He was named Kansas Editor of...

  • Boyer, John

    John Boyer was born July 14, 1905, in Pawnee City, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska and played on the Cornhusker football team in the mid-1920s. In 1930, he moved to Scott County and eventually became editor and publisher of the News-Chronicle.

  • Bremner, John B.

    John B. Bremner, long-time KU journalism professor, was born in Australia and worked in that country as a magazine editor, newspaper columnist, and radio writer and announcer. He received theology degree in Rome, a master’s in journalism from Columbia and a PhD. in mass communications from the University of Iowa. He came to America in 1950 and...

  • Briles, Ernie

    When Ernie Briles graduated from Campbell College in Holton, he was still unsure of what he wanted to do with his future. After spending two years with the Bureau of Education in the Phillipines, he returned home with the ambition of becoming a newspaper man. As he stated later, however, “My ignorance about entering the newspaper business was...

  • Brinkerhoff, Fred

    Fred Brinkerhoff was born in 1885 in Franklin County. After attending Ottawa University and the University of Kansas, he served a short stint as a reporter for the Kansas City Star. He became editor of the Pittsburg Headlight in 1911, and was named editor of the Morning Sun sixteen years later. He was a Pittsburg editor for 55 years, during which...

  • Brinkman, Del

    Dr. Del Brinkman retired in the spring of 2002 after a career of 48 years in journalism and university teaching and administration.

  • Bronson, Kenneth C.

    Kenneth C. Bronson spent 39 years with Stauffer Communications Inc. in Topeka where he started as a sports writer in 1952 and later became state editor and news editor. After his marriage to Edith MacArthur in 1959, they purchased a weekly newspaper in Pierce City, Mo., and built it into an award-winner in one year.

  • Brown, Bill

    Bill Brown, a journalist to the core, toiled in the trenches as an editor at newspapers in St. Charles, Mo., Hutchinson and Garden City during the early days of his career.But he really earned his place in the journalism world when he was known as Mr. Brown, director of student publications at Kansas State University. In that post, which he held...

  • Bruce, Kenneth "Bud"

    Kenneth Baird "Bud" Bruce was born in 1914 in Marquette to a newspaper family. His father worked for newspapers in Lindsborg and McPherson before becoming publisher of the Hunter Herald and Hunter postmaster. In 1927, the Bruce family bought the Marquette Tribune where Bud began learning how to pour pigs and run a Linotype.

  • Capper, Arthur

    Arthur Capper was born July 14, 1865, at Garnett. He was a two-term governor and served in the U.S. Senate for thirty years.Through high school, he was a “printer’s devil” on the local newspaper. Following graduation, he obtained a job as typesetter on the Topeka Daily Capital.

  • Carruth, Arthur J. Jr.

    Born into a journalistic family in New York, Arthur Carruth came to Kansas with his parents in 1900. He attended Washburn University, where he edited the yearbook and newspaper. Upon graduation, he became a reporter for the Topeka State Journal. Carruth advanced to city editor, managing editor, and later to co-publisher, a position he held until...

  • Chandler, John

    In 1950, after spending his early career in public relations for several large oil companies, John Chandler was looking for a town in which to raise his family and run a newspaper. Liking what he saw of Holton, he made Recorder publisher Will Beck an offer that was accepted. He became publisher later that year, a position he held until his death...

  • Chase, Harold T.

    Harold T. Chase was born April 13, 1864. He served as editor of the Topeka Capital for 48 years, during which time he is credited with having written more editorials than any other newspaper editor.At a dinner given in his honor, William Allen White once estimated that Chase had written the equivalent of 131 full-length novels.It was one of his...

  • Clasen II, George H.

    George Henry Clasen II was born Jan. 26, 1916, in Washington, Kan. He was a twin son of George H. and Elizabeth Clasen. After attending grade school and high school in Washington, he attended the University of Kansas where he was a member of the KU Band and served one term as managing editor of the University Daily Kansan.

  • Clasen, Richard W. 'Dick'

    Richard “Dick” West Clasen was born Nov. 17, 1942 at Norborne, Mo., just east of Kansas City.The family relocated to Florence in 1948. He graduated from Florence High  School in 1959, then attended Emporia State University. He married Linnie Ann Hicks in 1962, and they had three children, Robert Alan, Katherine Ann and Sharon Anita.

  • Clymer, Rolla A.

    Rolla Clymer, the "sage of the Flint Hills” editor of the El Dorado Times, was born in Alton in 1888. He was a graduate of the College of Emporia and did graduate work at the University of Kansas. Clymer was one of a number of Kansas editors who once worked for William Allen White on the Emporia Gazette, starting there in 1907. He became editor of...

  • Cole, Clelland

    Clelland Cole, known across Kansas as a sportsman, naturalist, and outdoors writer, was born June 25, 1904, in Winchester. After graduating from the University of Kansas in 1929, he began working on the Stafford Courier. He moved to St. John in 1943 and bought the News. Cole served 30 years as editor and publisher of the News, retiring in 1973. He...

  • Conkling, Clark

    Clark Conkling was born in Sharonsville, Ohio, in 1851, and attended Western Reserve College in Cleveland. Always of frail health, his family and physicians urged him to move west in search of a more healthful climate. He did, and lived to age 87.

  • Cooley, Floyd

    Floyd Cooley was born July 2, 1904, near Bazine. He and his wife Ora operated newspapers at Otis and Bison before he became managing editor of the Ness County News in 1942. The Cooleys bought the paper in 1964 and operated it until shortly after Ora’s death in late 1980. Floyd died in 1983.

  • Davies, Gomer T.

    Gomer T. Davies, publisher of the Concordia Kansan, was born January 25, 1855, and came to America from south Wales in 1863. From 1869 to 1882 he worked in the Iowa coal fields, where he lost his left leg in a mine railroad accident. In 1883, he made his first venture into the newspaper business by purchasing the Republic City News. He moved to...

  • Denious, Jess C. Sr.

    Jess C. Denious, publisher of the Dodge City Daily Globe, was born in Mogadore, Ohio. When he was five, his family moved to a farm near Parsons. After graduating from Baker University in 1905, he spent two years on the Ottawa Herald. From 1906 to 1909 he was part owner of the Erie Record, and after that spent a year as an editorial writer for the...

  • Denning, Linda

    Here's how Linda Denning, editor and publisher of the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter, described her first exposure to journalism:

  • Eblen, Tom

    Tom Eblen’s newspaper career, which has spanned some 51 years, is punctuated by a common theme: teaching others.A graduate of the University of Missouri, he has worked for the Columbia Missourian, the Amarillo (Texas) Daily News, the Kansas City Star and the Fort Scott Tribune. He was a reporter, copy editor, assistant city editor, city editor and...

  • Ferguson, Lew

    Lew Ferguson spent most of his 42-year journalism career directing news coverage of Kansas government and politics for The Associated Press. As statehouse correspondent in Topeka for 29 years, he was a reporter, editor and supervisor who trained some 50 young writers for AP and member newspapers.

  • Fickertt, Earl

    Born July 23, 1885, in a ‘sod dugout” in southwest Reno county, Earl Fickertt earned fifty cents a week working for the Sylvia Sun as a teenager. He attended a Presbyterian college in Oklahoma, then returned to the Sylvia paper as printer and assistant publisher.

  • Flint, Leon N.

    Leon Flint served as chairman of the Department of Journalism at the University of Kansas from 1916 to 1941. During his quarter-century tenure at KU, Flint, an 1897 graduate of the university, established a national reputation as an author of journalism textbooks and as a leader in journalism educator associations. He founded Kansas Editors” Day,...

  • Gage Jr., Ralph D.

    Ralph D. Gage Jr. enjoyed a long and illustrious career in journalism, with most of those years in leadership roles at the Lawrence Journal-World and its parent, The World Company.Ralph was born in Ottawa and graduated from Ottawa High School in 1959, where he was inducted into the OHS Wall of Honor in 2006. He is a 1964 graduate of the University...

  • Gaston, Karl

    Karl K. Gaston was born July 6, 1929, in Corning, Kansas. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and graduating from Kansas State University, Gaston began his newspaper career. He served as publisher the Sterling Bulletin, Holyrood Gazette, Bushton News, Rice County Monitor-Journal, Haven Journal, Mount Hope Clarion, Cawker City...

  • George, H.K.

    H.K. "Skeet” George never knew a day when the smell of ink didn”t flow through his house. He was born in 1902 in Erie, Kan., the same town where his grandfather, William E. George, briefly operated a short-lived newspaper, The People’s Vindicator.

  • Gilmore, John S.

    John S. Gilmore, a native of Rochester, N.Y., entered the office of the Emporia News as an apprentice at the age of 17. Within four years he had saved $600 from his wages and from investments in cattle, and he started the Guilford Citizen. Six months later, having decided the town was not destined to grow, he moved to Neodesha.

  • Guise, Byron

    Byron Guise graduated from Baker University and worked at the Marshall County News for more than 20 years before purchasing the Marysville Advocate in 1946. In 1973, he was honored by the William Allen White Foundation as Kansas Editor of the Year.

  • Hanna, John D.

    Hanna, the AP’s Topeka correspondent for the past 21 years, cut his journalistic teeth as a legislative relief staffer in 1986 and again after graduation from the University of Kansas in January of 1987. He served under Lew Ferguson, also a member of the Hall of Fame, until Ferguson’s retirement in 1999.

  • Harger, Charles M.

    Charles Harger spent his entire newspaper career in Abilene, where he became a cub reporter in 1888. He soon became editor of the Reflector, and made regular trips to the office until four days before his death in April, 1955, at age 92. Harger’s 65-year tenure as editor of the Reflector-Chronicle culminated with his winning the first annual...

  • Harris, John P.

    John P. Harris was born August 26, 1901 in Ottawa, the son of the publisher of the Ottawa Herald. He learned the business at a young age, and when his father purchased the Chanute Tribune several years later, 26-year-old Harris was appointed editor and publisher.

  • Harrison, Jack

    During the 15 years he owned the Beloit Gazette, Jack Harrison was probably the most widely quoted editor in the state. The Jayhawk Press called him a “militant and fearless writer,” and said of his election to the Kansas Legislature, “His desire to go to the state senate was that he might raise his voice against some of the obvious abuses that he...

  • Hawkins, Webster 'Web'

    Webster Hawkins was born in 1925 in Advance, Mo. He began his journalism career as a high school sophomore at the St. Francois County Journal where he worked as a printer’s devil. After graduating from Flat River Junior College in 1944, Hawkins accepted a teaching position in De Soto, Mo. He taught seventh and eighth grade mathematics and coached...

  • Hemenway, R.W.

    In remarks made for his 50th class reunion, Bill Hemenway stated the only time he really got away from Minneapolis was when Uncle Sam sent his well-known “Greetings” during his senior year in high school.Bill joined the U.S. Army in July 1944 and traveled to Europe on the Queen Mary to serve in the European Theater. He was wounded in action on...

  • Herbert, Ewing

    Ewing Herbert was born in New Salem, Pa., in 1866 and came to Haiwatha with his parents in 1870. He was the youngest of eight children and had seven older sisters, all of whom were teachers for a time during their lives. He went to work as a “printer’s devil” on the Brown County World at age 12. He acquired the weekly paper in 1885, although the...

  • Hoch, Edward Wallis

    Edward Wallis Hoch was born March 17, 1849, in Danville, Kentucky, and came to Kansas in 1871. He purchased the Marion County Record in 1874 and operated it until his death in June, 1925. Hoch was a member of the state legislature in 1889-91 and again from 1893-95, when he served as speaker pro tem. He was elected governor of Kansas in 1905 and...

  • Hoch, Wharton

    Wharton Hoch was born in Topeka on June 23, 1908. His father was a justice of the Kansas Supreme Court and his grandfather, E.W. Hoch, twice served as governor. Hoch graduated from Marion High School in 1926 and from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, in 1931. He worked for newspapers in Chicago and was a member of the...

  • Howe, Edgar W.

    Edgar W. Howe, editor and publisher, author, philosopher and noted ‘sage of Potato Hill,” was born in Indiana on May 3, 1853. In 1877, he came to Atchison and established the Globe. For nearly half a century, the paper was one of the most widely quoted publications in the country.

  • Howe, Gene

    Gene Howe was born in Atchison in 1886. After terminating his formal education during his freshman year of high school, he went to Idaho and Oregon, where he worked as a reporter for several years before returning to assist his father Ed on the Atchison Globe in 1908. One Friday in December, 1910, Gene’s father told him: “I”ll give you a shade...

  • Hudson, Maj. J.K.

    Joseph Kennedy Hudson made his first journalism venture in 1873 with the purchase of the Kansas Farmer. Shortly after, he founded the Topeka Daily Capital, at which time he abandoned his former political leanings and became a staunch Republican. In November, 1888, he consolidated the Daily Capital with the Topeka Commonwealth.

  • Jameson, Henry B.

    A native of Kentucky, Henry B. Jameson moved to Kansas at an early age. He became publisher of the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle, a paper from which he admitted he was once fired as a “lousy” carrier boy.Jameson spent 11 years with the Associated Press, including three years in Europe during World War II. He was the first Allied correspondent to be...

  • Jarrell, J. Frank

    J. Frank Jarrell was active in Kansas journalism for more than 60 years. “Few persons in Kansas were so widely known or so universally liked,” wrote the Kansas City Star. “His acquintances included the great and near great of more than five decades;” said the Topeka Daily Capital, “thousands knew him as a writer or as a famous story teller.” He...

  • Jones, Paul A.

    Paul Jones was born in Lyons and studied at DePauw University in Indiana. After college he moved to Tulsa, which was then Indian territory. He later moved to Coffeyville and established the Morning Sun in 1910. In 1915, Jones sold the paper and moved to Pittsburg, where he established another Morning Sun. In 1918 he bought the Lyons Daily News,...

  • Kautsch, Mike

    Mike Kautsch has enjoyed a successful career in journalism and media law, having served as a newspaper reporter, journalism professor, journalism school dean and now as a professor of law at the University of Kansas School of Law.He was born near the end of World War II in Omaha, where his dad was serving as a minister at a small parish in nearby...

  • Kelley, Elmer E.

    Elmer E. Kelley, best known as “E.E.,” died January 31, 1940, after a long career spent in education and journalism. A contemporary wrote, “Few men or women in Kansas possessed so keen and discriminating a literary taste or so extensive and well selected a vocabulary...he was gifted with a keen wit and a poetic soul.” Kelley was born Sept. 13,...

  • Kessinger, Howard

    Howard and Sharon Kessinger outside their newspaper in Marysville in 2007.Howard Kessinger was born Oct. 25, 1932, in Wellington and grew up there. He attended Wichita State University for two years, served in the United States Army for two years, then attended Kansas State University and received a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism in...

  • Leahy, David

    David D. Leahy was born in Ireland in 1858 and came to Kansas when Wichita was still a frontier village. In 1889, he made the rush into the Oklahoma Territory. For many years he was a reporter and special writer for the Wichita Eagle, and he also edited several southwestern Kansas newspapers.

  • Lee, John

    John Lee was born in Iowa in 1941, spent some of his childhood in Colorado, then in late 1951 moved with his family to Ottawa, Kan., where he graduated from high school in 1959.  His only experience in high school journalism was as cartoonist for the student newspaper, which won him praise from students and condemnation by various teachers.

  • Little, O.W.

    O.L. "Ol" Little was one of the most widely known editors of Kansas over a 50-year period. He bought an interest in the Alma Enterprise in 1891 and served as editor and co-publisher of the paper for nearly 50 years.

  • Lynn, Emerson Jr.

    Emerson Lynn, Jr. served as the editor and publisher of the Humboldt Union from 1951-1958; editor and publisher of The Bowie (Texas) News from 1958-65; and editor and publisher The Iola Register from 1965-2001.

  • Macdonald, Peter M.

    Peter McIntyre Macdonald was born in 1916 in Glasgow, Scotland. He attended the Faculty of Actuaries in Edinburgh and was a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force before coming to the United States in 1945 to attend the University of Kansas School of Business.

  • Mack, John

    John C. Mack was active manager of the Newton Kansan for 32 years, except for a term as postmaster in Newton and a term in the Kansas legislature, where he authored the Kansas highway law. He was born January 2, 1867, in Rising Sun, Indiana. At the age of 12 he was left to care for his mother and two brothers, but still managed to finish high...

  • MacLennan, F.P.

    Frank MacLennan was a native of Ohio and came to Emporia at age 15. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1875, completing a four-year course in just three years, and joined the Emporia News. He later acquired the paper and made it a daily.

  • Marble, George W.

    George W. Marble was born within a mile of the Fort Scott Monitor-Tribune office where he spent the greater part of his life. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the Tuck School of Business, both in New Hampshire. He joined the Fort Scott Tribune as a reporter in 1891 and purchased an interest in the paper the following year. He went on to...

  • Martin, John A.

    John A. Martin came to Kansas in 1857 and the following year bought the Squatter Sovereign in Atchison. He changed its name to Freedom's Champion and later to the Atchison Daily Champion, which he published until his death on October 2, 1889. He served as...

  • Mayberry, Willard

    Willard Mayberry began his journalism career with William Allen White’s Emporia Gazette while still attending Emporia Teachers College. After graduating, he became a high school English and journalism teacher in Oklahoma. From there he went to Great Bend as principal of the high school, a position he held until moving to Elkhart to publish the Tri...

  • McCalla, Leonard Jr.

    Leonard McCalla was born February 9, 1909, in Kansas City, Missouri. His parents bought the Greeley Graphic in the fall of 1923, changed the name to the Anderson Countian, and moved it to Garnett.After studying at the University of Kansas, McCalla went to work on the Countian in 1924. He took over full operation of the paper in 1942 when his...

  • McCants, Robert

    Robert McCants, general manager and co-owner of the Goodland Daily News, was born into a newspaper family. His parents established the Western Kansas News in Goodland in the 1920s and later bought the Sherman County Herald. McCants and his two brothers purchased the Daily News in 1961, and later added the Sherman County Herald to their holdings.

  • McLaughlin, Drew Jr.

    Drew McLaughlin, Jr., was born in Hiawatha on November 5, 1916. He graduated from Paola High School in 1934 and the University of Kansas in 1938. He joined the staff of the Miami Republican, owned by his father Drew, Sr., the following month. He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War and was editor of the Navy Newsletter in...

  • McLaughlin, Drew Sr.

    Drew McLaughlin, Sr., entered the newspaper business in 1909 when he became owner and editor of the Sabetha Herald, a position he held until 1914. He was editor of the Hiawatha Daily World from 1914 to 1919, and in 1920 he bought the Miami Republican, which he operated until the 1960s.

  • McNeal, Craig

    Craig McNeal is a second generation owner/publisher of the Council Grove Republican. He sold the newspaper on July 1, 2017, and retired.He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Kansas State University in 1961, completed military active duty as an officer, and returned to K-State for graduate study in journalism.

  • McNeal, Don

    Don McNeal, who began his journalism career in 1936 at the Council Grove Republican, is a little like the coffee table book, “From Quill to Computer.”

  • Mehl, Gary

    Gary Mehl, former publisher of the McPherson Sentinel and a life-long resident of McPherson, worked at the same newspaper for 45 years. He spent 25 years in advertising sales, seven years as the Sentinel’s advertising manager and then the last 13 as editor and publisher, retiring in 2010. He also served as a regional manager, overseeing the...

  • Merritt Jr., W. Davis "Buzz"

    W. Davis "Buzz" Merritt Jr. was editor of The Wichita Eagle from 1975 through 1998.He is considered one of the fathers of public journalism, a reform movement that urged journalists to do their jobs in ways that could help citizens engage in public life by training journalists to view events from the citizen's perspective rather than that of the...

  • Meyer, Bill

    Bill Meyer dedicated the greater part of his life to the Kansas newspaper industry and the communities his weeklies newspapers served.His mother, Ruth, was a newspaper reporter for the El Dorado Times and William Allen White’s Emporia Gazette.After graduating from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1948, Bill went...

  • Meyer, Herbert A. Jr.

    Herbert “Hub” Meyer, Jr., was born in Staunton, Virginia, on September 15, 1912. A few years later, his family moved to Independence. In 1940, Meyer’s father persuaded Oscar Stauffer to sell him the Independence Reporter. The younger Meyer, having graduated from the University of Kansas in 1936, took over as ad manager of the paper.

  • Miller, A.Q.

    A.Q. Miller was born in 1874 on a farm near Peat’s Creek. He went to work at the Clifton News as a boy and bought the newspaper in 1895. In 1900 he purchased an interest in the Victor (Colorado) Record, and four years later he returned to Belleville and bought the Telescope. He wrote his last editorial for that newspaper on the day of his death,...

  • Miller, Darrel

    Darrel Miller, former publisher of the Smith County Pioneer, Lebanan Times, Cawker City Ledger and Downs News, was born May 21, 1930 in rural Smith County.He attended a rural grade school and was co-captain of the football and basketball teams when he attended Lebanon High School. Oh, and he was editor of the school newspaper, the Lebanonian.After...

  • Miller, Solomon

    According to the September, 1931, issue of the Jayhawker, Solomon Miller was “the most fearless, the most untiring, the most outspoken and the most original editor Kansas ever had. “He printed things in his White Cloud, afterward Kansas Chief, that no other man in Kansas or the United States would have dared to print, even in those days when the...

  • Moen, Fred

    Fred Moen was the Kansas City chief of bureau of Associated Press news operations in Kansas and Missouri for 13 years, from 1971 to his retirement in 1984. He is the only AP representative to be elected to the Hall of Fame.He died January 1, 1991, at age 71 after a long illness.

  • Montgomery, John D.

    John D. Montgomery, board chairman of Montgomery Publications and longtime Kansas political leader, got his start in the newspaper business in 1926 when he founded the Miami Riveria in Coral Gables, Florida, and the Miami Beach Tropics.He became co-publisher of the Junction City Daily Union with his father in 1953. The family’s newspaper roots in...

  • Montgomery, John G.

    John Grey Montgomery is the fourth generation of a Junction City newspaper family, the son of John D. Montgomery – also a member of the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame – and Mary Elizabeth Kennedy Montgomery. He grew up mostly in Miami Beach, Fla., where his father owned and operated the Miami Beach Sun. However, he also attended junior high school...

  • Morford, W.W. "Jiggs"

    Warren "Jiggs" Morford was the long-time publisher of the Western Times in Sharon Springs. In 1932, at age 16, he went to work as a printer's devil at the Lenora News, where his main duties included melting metal, running hand-fed presses, and 'finally graduating from those mundane duties and becoming a linotype operator.'

  • Morgan, William Y.

    Billy Morgan was prominent in public affairs in Kansas for over 40 years. He held the offices of state printer, lieutenant governor, chairman of the state board of regents, and served in five sessions of the legislature. Morgan published the Emporia Gazette during the early 1890’s, then moved to Hutchinson, where he served as editor and publisher...

  • Motz, Frank

    Frank Motz, a native of Hays, graduated from the University of Kansas in 1911. He began his newspaper career as a reporter for the Kansas City Star. He became managing editor of the Parsons Sun and then operated a weekly in Lyons. In 1923 he became associated in Hays with the Ellis County News, a weekly which he continued a number of years after...

  • Murdock, Marcellus

    Born in 1883, Marcellus Murdock was the son of Wichita Eagle founder Marshall Murdock. In 1903, he became the Eagle’s managing editor, and four years later he took over as publisher. He began serious competition with the Beacon, launching an evening edition of the Eagle in 1927. In 1960, the newspaper war ended when the Eagle purchased the Beacon...

  • Murdock, Marshall M.

    According to the September, 1931, issue of the Jayhawker, Col. Marshall M. Murdock was "a man of strong likes and dislikes. He could love and he could hate, and he loved to do both. He was a born newspaper man, and he made a success of his every journalistic effort."

  • Murdock, Thomas B.

    Thomas Benton “Bent” Murdock, brother of Wichita Eagle founder Marsh Murdock, was born in Morgantown, West Virginia, in 1841. When he was 15, his family moved to Kansas and settled in Lyon County. In 1861, he enlisted in the Union army and fought until the close of the Civil War. In 1870, he started the Walnut Valley Times in El Dorado. After a...

  • Murdock, Victor

    The son of famous Kansas publisher Marshall Murdock, Vic Murdock achieved prominence on his father’s Wichita Eagle at a young age. After making a name for himself as a reporter in Chicago, he returned to the Eagle as managing editor at age 23. In 1903, Murdock was elected to the U.S. Congress. In 1914, he resigned his seat in the house and ran for...

  • Prentis, Noble L.

    Noble L. Prentis came to Kansas in 1869 and became editor of the Topeka Record in November of that year. He later went on to become editor of the Topeka Commonwealth, the Atchison Champion, and the Newton Republican and chief writer of the Kansas City Star. A busy and fluent writer, Prentis wrote several books, including “The History of Kan-sas”...

  • Redmond, John

    John Redmond was diverted from a law career when Allen White offered him a job as reporter on the Emporia Gazette. He purchased the Burlington Daily Jeffersonian in 1898, and changed the name to the Daily Republican. During Redmond’s career, the Daily Republican was published in a town with a population of under 2,500, making it one of the...

  • Reed, Clyde M. Jr.

    A native of Parsons, Clyde Reed, Jr. was the son of U.S. Senator Clyde Reed, Sr. He graduated from Parsons High School and earned a political science degree from the University of Kansas in 1937.Reed became publisher of the Parsons Sun in 1949. He served as president of the Kansas Press Association and the William Allen White Foundation.

  • Reed, Clyde M. Sr.

    Clyde Reed, Sr., was born October 19, 1871, in Champaign county, Illinois, and came to Kansas with his family in 1875. He spent 30 years with the railway mail service before quitting to publish the Parsons Sun. Reed had a stormy career in Kansas politics. He served as Kansas governor from 1929 to 1931, but lost the Republican nomination for a...

  • Ross, Rosalie

    Ross started her journalism career as co-editor of her high school newspaper in St. Francis, Kan. She worked on the university newspaper at Phillips University in Enid, Okla. and spent a short time working at the St. Francis Herald.

  • Sadowski, Vivien

    The late Vivien Sadowski’s family and her successor as publisher were on hand when she was named to the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2008. Vivien Sadowski was editor and publisher of the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle from October 1986 to October 1998, but her service to the newspaper actually spanned 29 years. She worked at the newspaper for a...

  • Scott, Angelo C.

    Angelo Scott was associated with the Iola Register all his life, working with his father Charles on the paper until the elder Scott’s death in 1938. He served as editor and publisher from that time until 1966, when he sold the Register to his nephew Emerson Lynn, Jr. In 1958, Scott became the fifth Kansas newspaperman to receive the William Allen...

  • Scott, Charles F.

    Charles F. Scott was born Sept. 7, 1860, in Carlyle, and grew up working on the family farm. At age 22, just a year after graduating from the University of Kansas, he became publisher of the weekly Iola Register. With the exception of 10 years spent in Washington, D.C., as a member of Congress, he devoted his entire adult life to Iola and to The...

  • Seaton, Edward L.

    Edward L. Seaton is the editor in chief of The Manhattan Mercury, a post he has held since June, 1969.

  • Seaton, Fay N.

    Fay Seaton was born in Champaign County, Illinois, and came to Kansas with his parents in a covered wagon. He attended Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Seaton purchased the Manhattan Mercury while serving as secretary to U.S. Senator Joseph Bristow. Later he purchased the...

  • Seaton, Frederick D. "Dave"

    Frederick D. "Dave" Seaton, served as editor and publisher of the Winfield Daily Courier for 29 years, from 1981 to 2009. He retired from that position last year, but remains as chairman of the board of Winfield Publishing Co. and is still actively involved in the business that he owns. Seaton is a graduate of Field Kindley High School in...

  • Seaton, Richard M.

    Richard M. Seaton was born Jan. 25, 1913 in Washington, D.C. The family moved to Manhattan when his father, Fay Seaton, purchased the Manhattan Mercury in 1915. After graduating from Kansas State University, Richard joined the Mercury staff and eventually became business manager.

  • Sessions, Charles

    Charles Sessions died in Topeka on Christmas Day, 1942, after 54 years of newspaper work. He had been managing editor of the Topeka Daily Capital since 1919, except for three years when he was postmaster at Topeka. His column, “Topeka Tinklings,” had many contributions from his thousands of Kansas readers, and other editors frequently quoted from...

  • Sheridan, Bernard J.

    Bernard Sheridan was born in 1850 and became publisher of the Western Spirit in Paola in 1880. “Barney” was active in Democratic politics, and, said the Jayhawk Press, “was one of the forceful, militant writers of the state.” He also owned the Kansas City post for a short time. Sheridan died March 1, 1938, at age 85.

  • Shore, Bertha

    Bertha Shore was born in Hiawatha on October 15, 1897, and graduated from high school in Pleasanton. For eight years she taught school at Powhattan, Herington, and Great Bend. She once joked that she taught the second grade because she “couldn”t work the arithmetic in the third grade.”

  • Simons, Dolph C. Jr.

    Dolph C. Simons Jr. is editor of the Lawrence Journal-World and chairman of The World Company, which owns and operates the Journal-World, Sunflower Broadband and weekly newspapers in Tonganoxie, Basehor, Bonner Springs, Shawnee, De Soto, Eudora, Lansing and Baldwin City.

  • Simons, Dolph C. Sr.

    Dolph C. Simons, Sr., editor and publisher of the Lawrence Journal-World, was born November 24, 1904, and grew up in Lawrence. After graduating with a liberal arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1925, he went to work on the Journal-World, which his father W.C. had founded in 1891.

  • Simons, W.C.

    W.C. Simons began his newspaper career in Lawrence in 1891 when he, his brother, and his brother-in-law leased the Lawrence Daily Record. In 1892 they founded the Daily World, the ninth newspaper operating in the city at that time. The Daily World became the Journal-World in 1911, when fire des-toyed the Journal plant and the two papers were...

  • Stauffer, John H.

    John H. Stauffer was born April 8, 1928 in Arkansas City, Kan., the third child of Oscar and Ethel Stauffer.He attended public schools in Arkansas City and Topeka and later graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1945. He received a B.S. degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas in 1949. While at KU, he served as managing editor of the...

  • Stauffer, Oscar

    Oscar Stauffer died in 1982 at age 95, the last survivor of a golden age of Kansas journalism. Born in Hope on November 26, 1886, he got his first job working at a grocery store in Abilene for $5 a month. After completing high school in 1906, he took a job as reporter on William Allen White’s Emporia Gazette for $6 a week. White fired him after...

  • Stauffer, Stanley H.

    Stanley H. Stauffer was born Sept. 11, 1920 in Peabody, Kan., the second child of Oscar and Ethel Stauffer.

  • Stevens, Paul

    INDUCTED 2013 Central Region Vice President, Associated Press

  • Taylor, Rudy

    Rudy Taylor started his career in journalism while serving as reporter for his high school FFA chapter.Every morning, his advisor required him to make a one-block walk to the Caney Chronicle office and say good morning to the editor, H.K. George.  “That daily greeting always resulted in the editor asking questions about our chapter projects, and...

  • Thompson, Tom E.

    Thomas E. Thompson was one of the state’s most famous writers. His widely quoted “Potpurri” column made the Howard Courant one of the most frequently read papers in Kansas. Born May 23, 1860, in Iowa, Thompson ran off with a party of buffalo hunters when he was 12. At 14 he left home again to escape washing dishes in his father’s hotel in the lost...

  • Throne, Tom

    Tom A. Throne was born on Dec. 22, 1949, in Washington, D.C.An Army brat, he traveled across the country and to Germany as a child. His mother, Marcella, was from Newton, Kan., and his dad, Al, was a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, so Tom always wanted to attend KU and become a Kansan.

  • Townsley, Russell T.

    Russell T. Townsley, former Russell Publishing Co. president and publisher of the Russell Daily News was born Dec. 27, 1919 in Great Bend, the second son of Will L. Townsley and a grandson of C.P. Townsley, founder of the Great Bend Tribune. Russ began his newspaper career as a carrier for his family’s paper, the Great Bend Tribune. His route...

  • Townsley, Will

    Will Townsley was born in Great Bend in 1888, and got an early start in the newspaper business working for his father, who established the Great Bend Tribune in 1876. He attended Washburn College in Topeka, during which time he had a State Journal paper route for three years.

  • Valentine, L.F.

    L.F. Valentine was born Dec. 15, 1877, in Topeka. He graduated from Washburn University in 1900 with a degree in geology. Valentine once wrote that his entering journalism was “purely accidental,” as his brother asked him to run a newspaper in Clay Center despite the fact that, “he knew nothing about the business from any angle.”

  • Valentine, Ned

    When named to the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame, Harry E. (Ned) Valentine was in his 50th year managing the daily Clay Center Dispatch, a newspaper in the Valentine family since 1882 He managed the newspaper's conversion to offset in 1972 and expansion to digital on-line in 1999. He is a member and past president of Kansas Press Association...

  • Wallace, Leslie

    When Leslie Wallace, publisher of the Larned Tiller and Toiler for 24 years, died on May 9, 1940, one contemporary wrote: “He was one of Kansas” great editors...because he so impregnated his paper with his personality as to make it unique. And the strength of his personality was shown by the fact that the Tiller and Toiler... became the...

  • Wellington, Robert B.

    Robert B. Wellington was born into a newspaper family on Aug. 14, 1922, in Kansas City, Mo. He attended the University of Kansas and graduated in 1944 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a degree in history and political science.

  • White, William Allen

    When William Allen White died in January, 1944, he was eulogized as “one of the truly great Americans” of his age. Aside from his literary achievements, he had also become an influential figure in state and national Republican politics and confidant to several American presidents.

  • White, William L.

    The son of William Allen White, William L. White began his distinguished career at age 14 as a reporter on the Emporia Gazette. He graduated from Harvard in 1924 and was a member of the school's Board of Overseers from 1950 to 1956. White took over as publisher of the Gazette in 1944 after his father's death. Prior to World War II, he had worked...

  • Wilder, Daniel W.

    According to the September, 1931, issue of the Jayhawker, Daniel Webster Wilder "not only made Kansas history and wrote it, but he lived it as well. His 'Annals of Kansas' will be a classic as long as Kansas is a state. And he is one of the few historians whose statements are never challenged. If Web Wilder wrote it, it is true."

  • Woodword, Ernest

    Born in Glasco in 1898, Ernest Woodward moved from Topeka to Oberlin in 1928 with the purchase of the Oberlin Times. In 1930 the paper was consolidated with the Herald, and in 1948 Woodward bought out his partner’s interest. He continued to publish the Herald until 1966.

  • Zerbe, Carter

    Carter J. Zerbe was born Oct. 5, 1939 in Burlington, Iowa.He moved with his family to Augusta in 1958, where his father, Daniel "Jack" Zerbe, was publisher of the Augusta Daily Gazette. He later graduated with honors from Wichita State University.He was married to Lolita Buffington for 54 years. The Zerbes had a son, Brian Zerbe, and a daughter,...