McDonald, Popham, Smith to be inducted into Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame …

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The other honorees

Other Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame inductees include:

‘ Minor Elam Bragg and John Thomas Bragg, dual generations of Middle Tennessee journal publishers — a father and son, a latter apropos a Tennessee politician and reformer obliged for flitting Tennessee’s open meetings (Sunshine) law;
‘ Kent Flanagan, a local Texan and maestro Associated Press executive who used broadcasting on several platforms;
‘ Jack Knox, a nationally famous editorial cartoonist who used his wit and satirical explanation in 3 of a state’s 4 largest cities;
‘ Bob Parkins, a parochial dairyman who grew his farming West Tennessee journal from blemish by merger;
‘ Henry Grantland Rice, a nationally syndicated sports columnist from Murfreesboro whose contributions to sports ring decades after his death.

The Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame during MTSU will respect 9 pioneering imitation and foster journalists, including 3 from Chattanooga, in ceremonies on Aug. 11 in Murfreesboro.

This will be a third category of inductees though a initial in that all recipients are being famous posthumously, a news recover from MTSU stated.

The 2015 category includes:

* Roy McDonald, whose career as publisher of a Chattanooga News-Free Press traced behind to an promotion piece he started to foster his grocery business in Chattanooga.

* John N. Popham III, a local Virginian who landed in Tennessee to cover a South and polite rights for The New York Times and stayed on during The Chattanooga Times.

* Drue Smith, a trailblazing lady who started in Chattanooga newspapers before switching to turn a reputable and colorful foster domestic reporter.

Hall of Fame inductees have renowned themselves by news or business management, care in a industry, or in a typical use of all forms of journalism. Honorees embody “those who have done poignant and estimable contributions to a broadcasting profession,” according to a Hall of Fame.

Honorees might be local Tennesseans who spent most of their career in state or out of state, or non-natives who spent a estimable partial of their career in Tennessee, a news recover stated.

Last year, dual former Chattanooga broadcasters were inducted: Bob Johnson, co-anchor of WTVC-NewsChannel 9, and Luther Masingill, a mythological WDEF Radio/TV announcer.

McDonald, who died in 1990, determined a Free Press in 1933 afterwards bought a Chattanooga News in 1939 and launched a new afternoon daily, a Chattanooga News-Free Press. After McDonald died, his son, Frank McDonald, became authority and boss of a newspaper. In 1998, a paper was sole to Walter Hussman, who after acquired The Chattanooga Times and joined a newspapers eventually underneath a dwindle of a Chattanooga Times Free Press. It continues to tell apart editorial pages.

Popham was sent by The New York Times in 1947 to cover a South, an area his editors described as “from a Potomac to executive Texas.” It was an assignment in that he would heed himself with his coverage of a polite rights movement. The final 20 years of his 45-year career were spent during The Chattanooga Times, where he late as handling editor in 1977. He became famous to friends as “Pops” or “Johnny” and to everybody else for his complicated Tidewater Virginia accent. At a age of 72, he warranted a law grade from a John Marshall Law School in Atlanta. He died in 1999.

Smith, who died in 2001, was a underline author for a Chattanooga News-Free Press and after switched to a pursuit of “society editor” during The Chattanooga Times. She shifted to radio and hosted shows on WAPO, WDOD and after WDEF, where she was open affairs director. The day in 1954 that WDEF-TV sealed on a air, so did she with “Drue’s Party Line.” She lonesome domestic news for United Press International, WLAC Radio, a Tennessee Radio Network, WVOL Radio and mixed Nashville village newspapers. She was a initial lady to cover politics full time during a Capitol and was a initial lady chair of a Capitol Hill Press Corps.

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