A nationally acclaimed scholastic journalism educator, three groundbreaking broadcasters and a legendary newspaper reporter represent the 2007 Class of Inductees into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.
Induction ceremonies will be held beginning at 6 p.m., on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State University.
The 2007 inductees are: Cheryl Pell, Jeanne May, Gene Fogel, Anne Doyle and Susan Carter.
“This is a stellar group of professionals who have earned their place in the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame,” said Jane Briggs-Bunting, chair of the committee. She noted this was the first time in Hall of Fame history that the majority of the inductees were women.
* Cheryl Pell, Executive Director of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association, has transformed that organization into a nationally and internationally respected scholastic education program. Literally thousands of high school and middle/junior high school students attend conferences and workshops sponsored by MIPA. Hundreds of teachers through the state have earned certification in courses overseen by Pell. She has also led the ongoing fight to restore student press rights to high school students in the state. Pell is also a faculty member in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.
* Acerbic, witty, indefatigable Jeanne May was a legendary journalist at the Detroit Free Press. She began her career when newsrooms were populated by white men and brass spittoons. Her trademark humor and unimpeachable work ethic and professionalism eventually led her back to Detroit and the Free Press where her investigative stories on work place safety, children at risk earned her respect from her peers and a devoted legion of fans among the newspaper’s readers. She turned obituary writing into an art form. Her poignant obituaries on Michigan’s 9/11 fatalities brought home the true cost of the terrorist attack. May died in 2005.
* Gene Fogel, one of WJR’s best known reporters, has a career spanning more than four decades, the last 36 years as a news reporter for WJR-AM Radio in Detroit. His groundbreaking investigation in 1972 of irregularities in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Detroit led to resignations, indictments and an overhaul of the court system. Since then, his hard hitting award winning reporting, among other notable achievements, has freed two men serving life prison sentences for crimes they did not commit . His role as reporter and anchor at WJR has made him a familiar and trusted voice of Detroit radio.
* When WJBK-TV in Detroit hired Anne Doyle to cover sports in 1978 she faced tough scrutiny, blanket discrimination and outright hostility both in the newsroom and in the press box. When she insisted that she be allowed to join her male colleagues in the locker room after games, she created a furor. But Doyle was tough, determined and professional earning the initially grudging admiration and respect of both her peers and the athletes she covered. Her special reports on Title IX and other major stories of the era sealed her reputation as a respected reporter. Before her breakthrough job in sports, she was the first woman hired full-time as a radio reporter and anchor in Lansing at WJIM and the first woman to anchor a television newscast at WZZM in Grand Rapids.
* With a series of documentaries, including her work as co-leader and producer on the successful Polar Trek 2001 where she organized, led and documented 12 women’s ski trek to the North Pole, L. Susan Carter has had a distinguished career in both radio and television news. She launched her career in 1973 and WVIC in Lansing, before moving to ever larger markets eventually working for WXYZ, WWJ and WDIV in Detroit. She currently teaches in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University where she is a professor.
The event will mark the 22nd anniversary of the modern Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.
Attendance costs for the event, which includes a reception and dinner, are $55 per person or $400 for a table of eight. After the RSVP deadline, ticket prices go up to $65, and a table will cost $500.
Further information can be obtained by calling Linda Hartwig, School of Journalism, Michigan State University at (517) 355-1520.