Two journalists, a public relations practitioner and a professor emeritus will be honored as Central Michigan University's 2006 Journalism Hall of Fame inductees this fall.
Individuals to be inducted into CMU's Journalism Hall of Fame during a Nov. 4 ceremony at The Embers restaurant in Mount Pleasant are:
• The late Norris Ingells was a longtime Lansing State Journal reporter, photographer and columnist. Ingells, a 1955 CMU graduate, worked at the State Journal for 41 years following a six-year stint as editor of the Mount Pleasant Daily Times-News. Throughout his career, Ingells was perhaps best known for his nature photography. He died in December 2005 at age 72.
• Sarah Opperman of Midland is the business public affairs vice president for The Dow Chemical Company. A 1981 CMU graduate, Opperman has held a number of communications and public affairs positions at Dow during her 25-year career. She also has received the company's Genesis Award, the highest honor Dow bestows upon its executives.
• Michael Petrick of Mount Pleasant is a CMU professor emeritus. Petrick taught in the university's journalism department from 1978 to 2000, serving as department chair from 1978 to 1983. He also taught journalism at the University of Maryland in the 1970s and periodically served as a newspaper reporter, editor and writing coach during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
• The late Lem Tucker, a Saginaw native, was a two-time Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist whose career included stints at all three major networks. Tucker, a 1960 CMU graduate, is regarded as a pioneer in the broadcast journalism field. He died in 1991 at age 52. In his memory, CMU's Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship - a four-year full scholarship - has been awarded to an incoming freshman during each of the last 10 years.
Tickets for CMU's 2006 Journalism Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony will go on sale later this summer. Ticket inquiries should be directed to CMU's journalism department at 989-774-3196.
Established in 2002 by the journalism department and its alumni in cooperation with CMU President Michael Rao and College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean Sue Ann Martin, the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame honors alumni and faculty who have made a difference in the world and shown outstanding dedication to the communities they serve while remaining true to the ethics and expectations modeled at CMU. For more information, including a list of previous inductees, visit the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame Web site at www.ccfa.cmich.edu/jrnhof.
Johnny Burke's loyal fans were tuned to WHNN-FM, 96.1, but the morning radio host was transmitting Tuesday from 360. That's Room 360 at St. Mary's of Michigan hospital in Saginaw. In a weird twist of fate, WHNN's afternoon personality, Scott Stine, almost ended up as Burke's roommate... Radio hosts in freak falls (Wed 5/31)