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LSU Manship School of mass Communication

Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame
The Manship School Hall of Fame honors alumni who have achieved stellar accomplishments in their careers. From Pulitzer Prize winners to political analysts to writers to producers, the Hall of Fame includes some of the most accomplished journalists and communication experts of our time. Every spring, the school hosts a Hall of Fame gala to celebrate that year’s inductees and to recognize the winners of the school’s prestigious student awards.

Manship School of Mass Communication Hall of Fame Selection Criteria


Created in 1975, the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication Hall of Fame honors alumni, faculty and friends whose distinguished careers have contributed to or reflect credit on the various academic programs in the School.


Candidates, living or deceased, may be nominated by alumni, faculty or friends of the school. Supporting material should demonstrate the criteria listed below in a written nomination and attached articles, etc.


To become eligible for election to the Hall of Fame, a person must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • The candidate must have established an outstanding professional or public service leadership record.
  • The candidate must have demonstrated  a tangible connection to the Manship School of Mass Communication, through having studied there or having in some way supported the school and its mission.
  • The candidate must have established a personal reputation for outstanding character and citizenship of sufficient time to reflect without reservation great credit and honor upon the school and the University.
  • No University employee, while in active service, may be eligible for the award.


Nominate a candidate by sending a letter of nomination, biographical data and other supporting documentation to:


Dean Jerry Ceppos

221 Journalism Building

LSU Manship School of Mass Communication

Baton Rouge, LA 70803


2015 Manship Hall of Fame


Our 2015 honorees are as follows:


hymelheadshotGary Hymel

Gary G. Hymel, former chief aide and press secretary to the late Speaker of the House Thomas “Tip” O’Neill Jr., graduated from LSU with a master’s degree in journalism in 1959, after earning his journalism degree from Loyola University. Growing up in New Orleans, Hymel started his career as a messenger boy for the Times-Picayune. He moved on to work as copy boy, sports reporter and eventually political columnist at the New Orleans States-Item. In addition, he was Louisiana correspondent for Time magazine and public information officer with the Louisiana National Guard.

In 1965, Hymel joined U.S. Rep. Hale Boggs as chief of staff in the office of majority whip, and served Boggs and U.S. Rep. O’Neill Jr. in the offices of whip, majority leader and Speaker of the House. With Speaker O’Neill he wrote the book “All Politics is Local.” In 1981, Hymel joined Hill and Knowlton Public Affairs Worldwide as senior vice-president and chief lobbyist. In retirement, he served four years on the Louisiana Board of Ethics.


James O’Byrne James O’Byrne
James O’Byrne, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his work at The Times-Picayune, graduated from LSU in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. O’Byrne has worked at The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com in a number of capacities for the past 34 years. His positions have included investigative reporter, features editor, Sunday editor and website editor. His current position is vice president of innovation.

Of the three Pulitzer Prizes he shares, two of them are for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. In that capacity, he was both an editor of storm coverage, as well as co-wrote one of the 10 stories that were included in the Breaking News entry that won, and one of the 20 stories in the Public Service entry that won. Today, he is at the heart of the digital transformation The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com is undergoing as a company, reinventing and innovating around a new business model.
Michael DannaMichael Danna

Michael Danna, who had a 30-year career as public relations director for the Louisiana Farm Bureau and host of the organization’s long-running agricultural television program “This Week in Louisiana Agriculture,” graduated from LSU in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Under Danna’s leadership, “This Week in Louisiana Agriculture” reporters have produced and aired 1,760 weekly programs from 15 countries, four continents and 27 states. He and his staff have received six Telly Awards for excellence in television reporting.

Danna’s awards and accolades include being named Marketer of the Year by the Baton Rouge chapter of Sales and Marketing Executives International in 2008, Communicator of the Year by the Public Relations Association of Louisiana in 2011, Baton Rouge Advertising Federation the Communications Manager of the Year in 2001. Recently, he was awarded an Honorary State Future Farmers of American Degree by the Louisiana FFA Association and will receive the annual Plaque of Appreciation Award for 2015 from the Louisiana Ag Industries Association.

In 2012, he spearheaded the merger of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Radio Network with the Louisiana Agri-News Network in uniting a non-profit with a commercial entity. In 2013, he became a spokesman for the Baton Rouge General Cancer Center after undergoing surgery for esophageal cancer. He passed away on March 6, 2015, at the age of 54.


Malva Haynes Huson Brown Malva Haynes Huson Brown

Malva Haynes Huson Brown, journalist, editor and newspaper publisher/owner, graduated from LSU in 1936 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. As a student at LSU in the mid-1930s, she was one of the first female editors of The Daily Reveille, and it was in that role that she met her husband, Roland T. Huson Jr. After graduation, she worked as a society editor for the State-Times and in public relations for the Division of Tourism of the Louisiana Department of Commerce and Industry.

After World War II, the Husons traveled the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America writing educational travel letters to young subscribers. In 1949, they entered the publishing business and purchased the Jonesville Booster and Catahoula News. Those newspapers were the first of four award-winning Louisiana weeklies the couple would operate as a team, with Malva as editor and Roland as publisher – the others being the Zachary Plainsman and Citizen-Watchman in Clinton.

After Roland’s death in 1969, Malva established a scholarship fund for Manship students in his name. That scholarship has now been renamed for both Roland and Malva. She also earned a master’s degree in library science from LSU in 1972 and a medical librarian certification from Emory University. In the mid-1970s, she married Baton Rouge High schoolmate Earl B. Brown and moved to his home in Baker, where she lived until his death in 1987. Throughout her life, she always placed an importance on mentoring young writers. Malva died Feb. 16, 2012, in Charleston, W.Va. She was 96.


Members of the Manship School Hall of Fame


Hall of Fame InducteeYearBiographical Information
Marvin G. Osborn1975First director, LSU Journalism Department, 1920-55; led Department to become first in the South to be accredited (1927).
Margaret Dixon1975Managing editor, Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, 1949-70; member, LSU Board of Supervisors, 1951-60. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1927.
Walter Hitesman1975President/chief operating officer, The Reader’s Digest. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1939.
John C. Merrill1975Director, LSU School of Journalism, 1980-83; author of more than 20 journalism books; lecturer in more than 80 countries. LSU graduate, M.A.; 1950.
William Rivers1975Washington correspondent, journalism professor and author; academic career took him from LSU to Miami, Texas and Stanford. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1951; M.A., 1953.
A.O. Goldsmith1975Director, LSU School of Journalism, 1955-56, 1969-75; journalist at newspapers in Missouri and Arkansas before entering academe. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1949; M.A., 1951.
Frank J. Price1975Director, LSU School of Journalism, 1956-69. LSU graduate, M.A., 1940.
Wes Gallagher1975President/general manager, Associated Press; AP staff chief during WWII invasion of Europe. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1936.
Bruce McCoy1975Manager, Louisiana Press Association for 26 years; LSU journalism professor and first Journalism School field manager in the South.
Nicholas H. Plasterer1976Editor, Toledo Blade; member, LSU School of Journalism faculty, 1955-76.
James “Jim” Bourdier1976Worked for the Opelousas Daily World before becoming Associated Press award winning photojournalist; honored by APME, NPPA, overseas press club and George Polk Memorial Award. LSU graduate, B.A.; Journalism, 1950.
Gene Bylinsky1977Nationally acclaimed science writer, The Wall Street Journal; science writer for Newhouse newspapers; associate editor, Fortune magazine. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1955.
Carolyn Bennett Patterson1981Senior editor, National Geographic. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1941.
Harry H. Kendall1982Program coordinator, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California at Berkeley; foreign service office, U.S. Information Agency in Latin America, Europe and Asia. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1948.
Gus Weill1983Writer, playwright, poet, television personality and public relations counsel. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1955.
Rex Reed1983Film critic, New York Post and other publications. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1960.
Charles East1984Director, LSU Press. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1948; M.A., 1962.
Mack Solomon1984Assistant page one editor, The Wall Street Journal. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1953; M.A., 1959.
Lee Herzberg Jr.1984President/chairman of the board, Herbert Benjamin Associates advertising agency. Attended LSU, 1940-42, 1946-47.
Marcus M. Wilkerson1985Member, LSU School of Journalism faculty, 1924-53; director, LSU Press, 1935-53. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1924; M.A., English, 1926.
Thomas Harris Jackson1985Supervisor, Associated Press Foreign Desk in New York City, 1950-83; scored WWII world beat, learning exclusively of British Pacific Fleet headquarters move. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1938.
Raymond D. Strother1985One of the nation’s top political advisers; campaign consultant to Senator Gary Hart’s 1984 presidential bid, John Breaux’s senatorial campaign and Buddy Roemer’s Louisiana gubernatorial campaign. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1962; M.A., 1964.
Harry J. Middleton1986Appointed special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, 1967; remained in that position until Johnson left office; director, LBJ Presidential Library. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1947.
Richard H. Wiggins Sr.1986Member, LSU School of Journalism faculty, 1935-70; served as Reveille and Gumbo business manager for much of that time; established and managed LSU printing office, 1948-70. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1934; M.A., 1936.
Jo Thompson Binder1986Covered Nuremberg War Trials for the Associated Press; later covered trials of other Nazi war criminals; operated own Washington news bureau, 1949-52. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1937.
Douglas L. Manship Sr.1987Pioneer in Louisiana radio and television broadcasting; developed WBRZ-TV into one of Louisiana’s leading stations; president, Capital City Press, publisher of Baton Rouge Morning Advocate and State-Times.
Charles P. Manship Jr.1987Louisiana business and journalism leader; president, Capital City Press, publisher, Baton Rouge Morning Advocate and State-Times; owner, WBRZ-TV.
Thomas O. Ryder1987Publisher, Food and Wine, Travel + Leisure, and New York Woman; vice president, CBS Publications. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1966.
Gerald C. Stone1988Chair, Journalism Department, Memphis State University. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1966; M.A., 1969.
Edward Ray Jackson1988First production manager, Daily Reveille; co-publisher with Joe Silverberg, Lafourche Comet in Thibodaux.
Joseph N. Silverberg1988Co-publisher with Edward Ray Jackson, Lafourche Comet in Thibodaux. LSU graduate , B.A., Journalism, 1938.
Sig Mickelson1989Member, LSU Journalism School faculty, 1939-40; first director, president, CBS Television News, 1954-61; director, Time-Life Broadcasting, 1962-70; head, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1975-78; newspaper/broadcast property owner in Mid-West and California; author, From Whistle Stop to Sound Bite.
Bryan Putman1989WWII combat correspondent; reporter, Baton Rouge Morning Advocate and State-Times before joining United Press International in New Orleans; Manship School endowed scholarship presented in Putnam’s name.
Orene Muse Huckabay1989Publisher, Baton Rouge Register social magazine for 32 years; co-founder, charity fund-raising Mad Hatters. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1930.
Jinx Broussard1990Director of public relations for city of New Orleans; New Orleans mayor press secretary; LSU School of Journalism’s first African American graduate. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1971; M.A., 1986.
Ben H. Scarpero199050-year career in civilian journalism/public relations and military public affairs/public information; focused professionally on aviation and space activities, transportation and technology in Europe, the Far and Middle East and Latin America; public relations manager, Garrett Corporation in Los Angeles, 1975-85. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1940.
Louis “Woody” Jenkins1990Long-time member, Louisiana House of Representatives (first elected in 1981); chairman, Great Oaks Broadcasting Corporation and founder, WKG-TV, Baton Rouge’s first independent television station. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1969; J.D., 1972.
Sam Hanna1993Louisiana newspaperman, working for papers in Bastrop and Monroe before becoming owner/publisher, Concordia Sentinel, Franklin Sun, and Catahoula News-Booster; wrote political column distributed statewide.
Joseph A. Reaves III1993Foreign correspondent in China and Europe; UPI and Chicago Tribune reporter. B.A., Journalism, 1972.
William E. Giles1994Reporter, Wall Street Journal; founder/editor, National Observer; while editor of Detroit News, directed reporting project that won Pulitzer Prize for distinguished public service; director, Manship School, 1987-91.
Wirt Alfred Williams Jr., 1994Worked at Shreveport Times and New Orleans Item prior to writing career that included six novels and book of literary criticism; nominated for Pulitzer Prize four times; served 33 years on faculty of California State University in Los Angeles. LSU graduate, M.A., 1941.
Roland T. Huson1995Owner, Jonesville Booster and Catahoula News; founder, Zachary Plainsman; publisher, Clinton Citizen Watchman; president, Louisiana Press Association; first weekly newspaper editor to serve on board of directors, Inter American Press Association. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1942.
William Blake Brown1995Executive editor, Montgomery (AL) Advertiser and Alabama Journal when it won a Pulitzer Prize; editor, St. Petersburg Times, Tallahasse Democrat, and Columbus (GA) Enquirer and Ledger. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1962.
Cal Abraham1996Reporter, United Press International in Argentina, Peru and Colombia; international division, public relations manager, NBC; public relations manager, Coca-Cola Export Corp., Brazil, New York and Argentina.
Coy Wilton Wynn1996Headed journalism department, American University in Cairo; director, division of journalism, Lehigh University before joining Associated Press, Beirut, Lebanon; Middle East bureau chief and then Rome bureau chief, Time Magazine; first non-Arab journalist to enter isolated Kingdom of Yemen; only print journalist to fly with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on historic peace mission to Israel; author, Nasser of Egypt and Keepers of the Keys (Wynn’s account of three popes he covered during his career with Time Magazine).
Carl Corbin1996Reporter, New Orleans Times-Picayune before WWII U.S. Army service; post-war career included stints at Hattiesburg American, Associated Press and New Orleans States; vice president, New Orleans States-Item, following States acquisition of Item.
Stan Schlosman1996news writer, KFJB; advertising manager, New Iberia Daily Mail; advertising departments, Baton Rouge State-Times¬ and Jackson (MS) Daily News; later joined family fur business, The Lieber Co., Monroe.
William Ivy Hair1996Faculty, LSU and Florida State University history departments; Callaway Professor of Southern History, Georgia College; author: Bourbonism and Agrarian Protest: Louisiana Politics, 1877-1900, Carnival of Fury: Robert Charles and the New Orleans Race Riot of 1900, and The Kingfish and His Realm: The Life and Times of Huey P. Long. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1952; M.A., History, 1953; Ph.D., History, 1962.
Sam Montague1996Reporter, New Orleans Times-Picayune and New Orleans Item-Tribune prior to WWII military service; U.S. Foreign Service press attaché, U.S. Embassy in Mexico City; public relations executive, Kansas City; city’s first tourist commission director; among first persons accredited by Public Relations Society of America.
Robert Bruce Smith1996Left LSU in 1941 once course short of graduation for U.S. Army military service ; rose to rank of Lt. Colonel before leaving service in 1945; reporter/news editor, Lake Charles American Express; resumed military career, 1947; chief, Army’s troop information program; became Army’s youngest general when promoted to brigadier general at age 42; retired from military, 1973, as deputy commanding general for reserve forces, Sixth Army; completed final course necessary for graduation, 1963. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1963.
Jesse Cutrer1996Founder, Red Bird Ice Cream Company, Bogalusa; executive director, Louisiana Milk Commission; president, International Association of Milk Control Agencies.
Rea Godbold1996Reporter, Memphis Commercial –Appeal prior to WWII military service; joined family’s insurance business following the war.
David McGuire1996Press secretary, U.S. Representative Hale Boggs; information officer, Louisiana Office of Emergency Management; established public relations office for New Orleans Mayor deLesseps Morrison; appointed by Morrison as city’s first chief administrative office, 1954.
LeRoy Gibbs Adams1996Reporter, Bogalusa Enterprise, New Orleans Times-Picayune, and Iberville South in Plaquemine, Baton Rouge Morning Advocate; won Margaret Dixon Memorial Award for Freedom of Information; president, Capital Correspondents Association. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1949.
Whitney Mundt1997Member, Manship School faculty 25 years; editor, “Galley West” alumni newsletter; advisor, LSU chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha national journalism honorary society, for over fourteen years; Kappa Tau Alpha Adviser of the Year, 1992. LSU graduate, M.A., English, 1961; Ph.D., English, 1973.
Joseph Frederick Planas Jr.1997Sports reporter, Baton Rouge Morning Advocate for 32 years; editor, Catholic Commentator; Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Distinguished Journalism Award winner, 1996; J.C. Penny Golden Rule Award winner, 1996, for work with Baton Rouge St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen and Bishop Ott Shelter for Homeless Men; author or co-author: Where Heroes Play, History of LSU Basketball, and The Great Coaches, Great Games, Great Players. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1956.
Pat Cheramie1997General Manager, WBRZ-TV; president, Advertising Federation of Greater Baton Rouge, Sales and Marketing Executives International of Greater Baton Rouge, and Louisiana Association of Broadcasters; Pete Goldsby Award winner, 1994; Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Louisiana Association of Broadcasters, 1991. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1966.
Paula G. Manship1997Principal stockholder, Baton Rouge’s Capital City Press following death of husband Charles; philanthropist; with other family members donated $2.3 million to Manship School; subsequently donated additional $125,000 for completion of video lab; founder, Goodfellows-Good Samaritans.
Wanda Horn1998Editor, Baton Rouge Morning Advocate society section for 24 years; launched InRegister magazine with Chris Russo Love, 1989; Horn and Love became known as “hat ladies” for trademark hats that each wore. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1965.
William Brooks Read1998Began radio career at age 13 as staff announce, WJBO; part-time announce, NBC and ABC, New York; WBRZ-TV’s first news director and news anchor; left WBRZ to form Brooks Read & Associates advertising and public relations firm; press secretary, Governor John McKeithen.
Charlotte Schexnayder1998President/publisher, Dumas (AR) Clarion and Delta Advertiser; first woman elect president (1991-92), national Newspaper Association; served several terms, Arkansas House of Representatives; Assistant House Speaker Pro Tem, 1995-97; inducted, LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction, 1995. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1944.
Jim Russell1998WWII military service; bureau chief, International News Service and UPI; business and financial editor, Miami Herald; wrote post-retirement syndicated business and economics column for some 300 newspapers nationwide. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1942.
Ken Uffman1999President/chief executive officer, Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge for nearly 50 years; introduced technical innovations that became commonplace in credit bureaus nationwide; received numerous awards and honors from credit bureau trade associations; one of only 44 credit bureau executives in the U.S. recognized as Master Credit Executive by Society of Consumer Credit Executives. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1950.
John Maginnis2000Writes weekly syndicated column on Louisiana political matters for newspapers statewide; frequent commentator on Louisiana politics for national media; author: The Last Hayride (1984) and Cross to Bear (1992). LSU graduate, B.A., General Arts, 1970.
Linda Lightfoot2000Executive editor, Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, 1991; State-Times Capital News Bureau head, 1983; assistant executive editor, Morning Advocate and State-Times, 1988; launched legal efforts for access to Louisiana public records.
Sue Lyles Eakin2001History professor, LSU-Alexandria, 1964-87; co-editor with Joseph Logsdon, Solomon Northup’s slave narrative Twelve Years a Slave, 1841-1853; author, books on Southern plantation life; editor/owner with husband, Bunkie Record; columnist/reporter, New Orleans Times-Picayune and Alexandria Daily Town Talk. LSU graduate, M.A., History, 1964; M.A., Journalism, 1965.
Jean Harvey Curet2001Society editor, Baton Rouge State-Times; community leader, volunteer and board member for numerous local charities; Manship School Alumni Association president-elect, Manship School Excellence Fund national chairwoman at time of death, 2001; LSU Hodges Hall conference room named in her honor. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1951.
James Featherston2001Twenty-four year Manship School faculty member; 20-year reporting career at such newspapers as Vicksburg Post-Herald, Jackson Daily News, Denton Record-Chronicle, and Dallas Times-Herald; awarded Pulitzer Prize in “local reporting under deadline pressure” for team coverage of 1953 Vicksburg tornado.
Joe Dorsey Smith, Jr.2001President, publisher, chairman of board, Alexandria Daily Town Talk; WWII Army Air Force veteran; 12-year director and two-year chairman, American Newspaper Publishers Association; director/president, Southern Newspaper Publishers Association; director, UPI Advisory board; director, Newspaper Advertising Bureau; member, Associated Press board; member, Louisiana Board of Regents; member, Manship School Board of Visitors. Awarded LSU honorary doctorate, 2000, in recognition of service to the university.
Jay Dardenne2002Louisiana Lieutenant Governor; named Outstanding Young Lawyer in Louisiana, 1986; elected to Louisiana Senate, 1991; reelected, 1995 and 1999; Louisiana Secretary of State prior to election as Lieutenant Governor; long-time association with Jerry Lewis Telethon and Muscular Dystrophy Association. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1976; J.D., 1979.
Cassandra Chandler2002News anchor/reporter, WRBT-TV; joined FBI as Special Agent, 1985; first African-American female Assistant Special Agent in Charge, San Francisco Field Office White Collar Crimes, Civil Rights, Finance and Administrative Programs, 1997; Section Chief, Investigative Services Division, FBI Headquarters, 2000; FBI’s highest ranking African-American woman. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1979.
Lou Major200260-year newspaper career; publisher, Bogalusa Daily News; withstood 1960s Ku Klux Klan intimidation to report on civil rights issues; CEO/executive vice president and later president, Daily News parent company Wick Communications; joined Wick board of directors following 2001 retirement. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1951.
Francis Seghers2003Senior Vice President, Sony Entertainment (European Community Affairs); reporter, Baton Rouge Morning Advocate; worked with Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Business Week before joining Sony Entertainment Europe. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1974.
Mark Grant2003CBS Sports Director; TV producer, ESPN, Jefferson Pilot, and Fox Sports Network. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1981.
John Hill2004Capital bureau chief, Gannett News Service; broke stories on Gov. Edwin Edwards nursing home permit scandal; successfully challenged government efforts to withhold public records from press scrutiny. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1967.
Juanita Greene2004Environmental and conservation writer and activist; reporter, Miami Herald, 1956-87; advocate for preserving Everglades as co-chair of Everglades Coalition; awarded Coalition’s Grass Roots Award, 2001; winner, Polk Award for Miami Herald series on public utility regulation; nominated for Pulitzer Prize for stories related to Cuban refugees; reporting on future of island chain near Miami resulted in establishment of Biscayne National Park. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1945.
Bill Ross2004Nationally recognized journalism/advertising education leader; led effort to elevate Manship School to independent academic status; first chairman, Texas Tech University Department of Mass Communication, 1970-87; Manship School distinguished professor; LSU University Relations interim director, 1997; past president of Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC); with wife Avis endowed Manship School’s Bill and Avis Ross Professorship in Mass Communication, 2001.
D. Jensen Holliday2005Owner/president, Franklin Press; Baton Rouge community leader; vice chair, Manship School Board of Visitors; D. Jensen Holliday Forum named in his honor. LSU graduate, B.A., Business, 1964.
William "Bill" Lynch2005State government reporter, New Orleans States-Item and Times Picayune; 1984 reporting alleged corruption by Gov. Edwin Edwards’ awarding of health-care permits led to Edwards’ federal indictment; appointed by Gov. Charles E. “Buddy” Roemer to head office of inspector general, 1988; reappointed inspector general by Gov. Edwin Edwards, 1991. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1951.
Melvin “Kip” Holden2005Baton Rouge’s first African American mayor, elected, 2004; reelected 2008 and 2012; reported before earning law degree and entering politics; member, Baton Rouge Metro Council, Louisiana House of Representatives and Louisiana Senate. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1974.
Jere Longman2005Sports reporter, New York Times; covered 9/11 Flight 93 crash near Shanksville, Pennsylvania; author: Among the Heroes about Flight 93, and The Girls of Summer about U.S. women’s soccer team. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1976.
Peter Finney2006Sixty-year sports reporting career, New Orleans States-Item and Times Picayune; covered major sports events ranging from Olympics to Kentucky Derby; author: LSU Fighting Tigers, Pistol Pete, and Mister Mac. LSU graduate, M.A., Journalism, 1957.
John Blanchard2006Public education and information director, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 1953; editor of department’s magazine The Conservationist; owned Mansfield Enterprise and Interstate Progress in DeSoto Parish, 1966-82; noted as model weekly newspaper publisher. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1943.
Oscar Richard III 2007U.S. Army Air Corps following LSU graduation; captured when plane shot down over France; remained in German prison camp until 1945; LSU Bureau of Public Relations editor of publications, 1949-1965; director, LSU public relations, 1965 until retirement. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1942.
Len Sanderson2007Owner/president, Sanderson Strategies Group public relations firm; reporter, several newspapers and magazines, including Time; manager, numerous political and issue campaigns, including Charles E. “Buddy” Roemer’s gubernatorial campaign, 1987; member Manship School Board of Visitors. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1973.
Marjorie Arbour2007First woman faculty member, LSU School of Journalism; first student to earn LSU Journalism master’s degree; publications editor, Agricultural Extension Division; first Director of Information, LSU College of Agriculture; first woman president, American Association of Agricultural College Editors; named “Woman of the Year in Agriculture,” Progressive Farmer, 1948. LSU graduate, B.A., English, 1992; M.A., Comparative Literature and Journalism, 1925.
Oliver “Rick” Richard2007Chairman, CleanFuelUSA; legislative assistant, U.S. Sen. J. Bennet Johnston, 1978-1981; member, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 1982; chairman/CEO/president, four energy companies, including Fortune 500 Columbia Energy Group; member Manship School Board of Visitors; chair, School’s 2005 Annual Excellence Fund Drive. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1974; J.D., 1977.
John LaPlante Jr.2008Covered Louisiana politics and government over three decades; capital correspondent, Alexandria Town Talk; political reporter and Capital News Bureau editor, Baton Rouge Morning Advocate; wrote Sunday Advocate “Political Horizons” column; Manship School adjunct professor. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1975; M.M.C., 2001.
Mike Dunne2008Baton Rouge Advocate environmental reporter; first recipient, America’s Wetland Conservationist of the Year; twice received Scripps Howard Foundation’s Edward J. Meeman Award; investigative reporter, WBRZ-TV; Manship School adjunct professor; author with photographer Bevil Knapp, America’s Wetland: Louisiana’s Vanishing Coast. LSU graduate, B.A., Broadcast Journalism, 1974.
John Spain2008Executive vice president, Baton Rouge Area Foundation; managing director, Powell Group, private holding company; WBRZ-TV investigative reporter, news director and station manager; station awarded two George F. Peabody awards under Spain leadership; president, Radio-Television News Directors Association, 1986. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1974.
Brett Blackledge2008Awarded 2007 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, Birmingham News; investigation of Alabama two-year college system corruption led to extensive changes in system; reporter, Mobile Register, Associated Press bureaus in Mississippi and Oklahoma, and Education Daily covering White House and Congress. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1986.
Russell Carollo2009Awarded Pulitzer Prize, 1998 for Dayton Daily News expose of military malpractice that led to reform in military health care system. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1982.
Jacklyn Ducote2009First female president, Public Affairs Research Council; executive vice president, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry; coordinator, Public Policy Leadership Institute of Southern Mutual Help Association and 11-parish Rural Recovery Response to Hurricane Katrina and Rita; long-time advocate of improving Louisiana open meeting and public records laws; president, Manship School Alumni Board; chair, Journalism Building renovation committee. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1964; M.A., Library Science, 1965.
Laurie Smith Anderson2009Baton Rouge State-Times and Morning Advocate medical reporter, feature writer, food editor; noted for column “The Patient Person” chronicling colon cancer battle during last 18 months of her life; Capital City Press later compiled the columns into book. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1975.
Hugh Mercer Blain2009“Father” of journalism education at LSU; by Thomas Boyd to teach English and appointed “faculty adviser” to The Reveille; created courses that formed nucleus of journalism curriculum by 1913-14 academic year; worked with Charles Manship, Sr. to create student internships, Baton Rouge State-Times; played major role in bringing women into journalism profession, both as editors and classroom instructors; effort to have journalism recognized as academic pursuit rewarded by LSU’s admitting journalism as department of instruction within College of Arts & Sciences during 1918-19 academic year.
James Carville2010Author, actor, movie producer, talk-show host, CNN political commentator/analyst; chief campaign strategist, Bill Clinton presidential campaign; LSU graduate: B.A., General Studies, 1970; J.D., 1973; honorary doctorate, 1993.
Charles P. Manship Sr.2010Purchased Baton Rouge State and Baton Rouge Times, combined them and created Capital City Press to publish new Baton Rouge State-Times; established Baton Rouge Morning Advocate as city’s first successful morning newspaper, 1925; built WJBO as city’s first successful radio station, 1933; pioneered FM radio in South, putting WBRL-FM on air, 1941; worked with Hugh Mercer Blain to establish LSU’s journalism program; president, American Newspaper Publishers Association, 1944.
Kenneth Englade2010UPI southeast Asia war correspondent; one of last two reporters to depart Saigon at end of Vietnam War; capital correspondent and political columnist, Florida Times-Union; author of 17 books of fiction and non-fiction. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1960.
Andrea Clesi McMakin2011News anchor/reporter, WBRZ-TV; Public Relations Association of Louisiana Communicator of the Year, 2001; Women in Media Award of Excellence, 2003; Louisiana Association of Broadcasters’ Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005; member, Manship School Alumni Executive Board; chair, 2010 Manship School Excellence Fund. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1978; M.M.C., 2010.
Tim Cook2011Manship School Reilly Chair in Political Communication; first occupant, Laurence Lombard Chair, Shorenstein Center, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government; author, Making News: Media Strategies in the House of Representatives, Governing with the News: The News Media as a Political Institution, and Freeing the Presses: The First Amendment in Action.
Smiley Anders2011Reporter. Baton Rouge Morning Advocate; six day per week columnist since 1979; humor writer; received National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ Herb Caen Award, 1985, 1997, 2004 and 2005; author: Sell, Sell, Sell and Best of Smiley. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1959; M.A., Journalism, 1971.
Jim Engster2012President and general manager, Louisiana Radio Network; host, “The Jim Engster Show” aired daily, WRKF-FM; general manager, WRKF; political analyst, WAFB-TV. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1981.
Elayn Hunt2012Police/court reporter, Baton Rouge State-Times, subsequently earned law degree; among first Louisiana women to practice criminal law; instrumental in creating Genesis House, Baton Rouge crisis intervention center; appointed by Gov. Edwin Edwards as director, Louisiana Corrections Department, 1972; first woman in state and second in nation to hold the position; noted for implementing numerous prison reforms; Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, St. Gabriel named in her honor. LSU graduate, B.A., Journalism, 1945.
Kevin Reilly Sr.2013
Attended Harvard University; served honorably for three years as lieutenant in the United States Navy; relocated to Baton Rouge in 1953 with wife DeeDee, where he was employed by her family’s then-small billboard company, Lamar Advertising; eventually became chairman and chief operating officer of now one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in United States; served in legislature for 14 years as chairman of House Appropriations Committee; pushed for establishment of public trust fund known as “8g,” with certain oil and natural gas royalties earmarked for education; named secretary of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development in 1992, serving in both Edwards and Foster administrations; children established Kevin P. Reilly Sr. Chair in Political Communication at the Manship School of Mass Communication in 1997; the couple contributed generously to the endowment for the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, the only such institute to focus primarily on the study of media and public affairs.
Jay Perkins2013Manship School journalism professor for more than three decades; known for his hard-nosed, demanding approach to teaching students to become great writers; Reveille faculty adviser; leadership resulted in Manship School’s news editorial program earning significant national recognition; during six-year period, students won 11 William Randolph Hearst Foundation national championships – with 23 top-10 finishes; three times, the school had the nation’s best collegiate journalist; pioneered the incorporation of the Internet into journalism curriculum; taught students how to use it for research and publishing; retired in 2010; now spends summers teaching LSU study abroad courses in Europe.
Dan Borné2013President of both Louisiana Chemical Association and Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance; member of LSU Alumni Association and inducted into university’s Alumni Hall of Distinction in 2001; serves on Manship School Board of Visitors; is an occasional adjunct faculty member; past chairman of the Manship Excellence Fund Drive; hobby is following LSU athletics, serving as public address announcer at Tiger Stadium for 27 years and at Maravich Assembly Center for 25 years. B.A., Nicholls State University, 1968; M.M.C, LSU, 1998.
Edward E. "Jersey" Smith2014
Donna Dees2014
Mona Williams2014
Ralph Izard2014
Ralph Izard2015
James O’Byrne2015
Michael Danna2015
Malva Haynes Huson Brown2015