ANA Hall of Fame

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Hall of Fame History

The Hall of Fame was created in 1949 at the University of Arizona to provide appropriate recognition of Arizona newspaper men and women who have made outstanding contributions to Arizona journalism and their communities.

When it was established, the honor always was bestowed posthumously. In 1995, the directors of the Arizona Newspapers Association adopted rules to honor the men and women journalists of Arizona who have been at least 25 years in journalism with at least 10 years in Arizona. The Hall of Fame Committee may make recommendations for exceptions as it did in 1996.

To be honored, nominees must have made a significant contribution to journalism, their communities, and Arizona. Nominees are not restricted to any one avenue of newspaper management and may be an owner, publisher, editor, or manager of a department.

Since its inception, one or more worthy newspaper men and women were nominated each year by the ANA Hall of Fame committee and approved by the Board of Directors. (The Hall of Fame came under the purview of the Arizona Newspapers Foundation after it was formed in 1997.)

There were no awards from 1982 to 1995.

In 1998 the Committee and the Board agreed to change the rules for acceptable nominees to the following:

Eliminated was the requirement that a person be out of journalism for five years. The person need not be retired.

The requirement that they have been in journalism for 25 years was eliminated.

The requirement that they have been in journalism for 10 years in Arizona was changed to 20 years.

The Journalism Department at the University of Arizona in Tucson chaired the program for many years.


Biographical Information

The Arizona Newspapers Foundation wishes to thank the writers, family members, survivors, living recipients and others who contributed to the biographical backgrounds and research on these nominees.

Some information was compiled decades ago by former ANA staff, University of Arizona staff and students, and Arizona writers, most notably J. Morris Richards - himself a member of the Hall of Fame. Richards, publisher of The Winslow Mail, was a noted Arizona historian and veteran newspaperman who also served as president of the Arizona Newspapers Association in its early years.


Hall of Fame

2008
Kevin Cloe, Wickenburg Sun
Josephine Brawley Hughes, Arizona Daily Star

2005
Bill & Darlene Toops, Pueblo Publishing

2004
Cloves Campbell Sr., Arizona Informant
Bruce Itule, Arizona State University
Walter and Robert Wick, Wick Communications Co.

2006
Brendan FitzSimons, Wick Communications
Chris Limberis, Arizona Daily Star & Tucson Weekly
Elvira Espinoza, La Voz
Luis Manuel Ortiz, La Voz

2005
Bill & Darlene Toops, Pueblo Publishing

2004
Cloves Campbell Sr., Arizona Informant
Bruce Itule, Arizona State University
Walter and Robert Wick, Wick Communications Co.

2003
Paul Barger, Holbrook Tribune-News
L. Alan Cruikshank, Fountain Hills Times

2002
Diana Creighton, Arizona News Services, Inc.
Donald W. Carson, Professor Emeritus, U of A

2001
C. Donald Hatfield, Tucson Citizen

1999
William Shover , Arizona Republic & Phoenix Gazette
Hugh Harelson , Arizona Highways, U of A

1998
Donovan M. Kramer, Sr., Casa Grande Newspapers
Donald N. Soldwedel, Western Newspapers Inc.
Bernard J. "Jack" Smyth, Independent Newspapers

1997
James "Jim" Garner, The Daily Courier, Prescott
C.R. "Dick" Waters, Mohave Valley Daily News

1996
Donald F. Bolles, The Arizona Republic
Pierson W. Dooner, The Weekly Arizonan
Dwight B. Heard, The Arizona Republican
Frank E. Johnson, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson
Jonathan Marshall, The Scottsdale Daily Progress
Harry Montgomery, Arizona Republic / Phoenix Gazette
J. Morris Richards, The Winslow Mail
Hanson Ray Sisk, Nogales Herald
Charles Thornton, Arizona Republic
Milton Wick, Wick Newspapers

1981
Eugene C. Pulliam, Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette
Ernest B. Douglas, Arizona Farmer-Ranchman, Phoenix

1980
Anna B. Anderson, Arizona News, Phoenix

1979
William R. Mathews, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson
Mulfod Winsor, Editor, historian

1978
Columbus Giragi, Coconino Sun, Flagstaff

1977
Charles F. Willis, Pay Dirt, Phoenix

1976
Harold H. Wrenn, Pinal County Publications

1973
Clayton A. Smith, Tombstone Epitaph

1972
Douglas D. Martin, U of A Journalism Department

1971
William Hattich, Tombstone Epitaph
V.P. Richards, Holbrook Tribune-News

1970
Curt Miller, Tempe Daily News
John Wasson, Tucson Citizen

1969
W.P. Stuart, Prescott Evening Courier

1967
Charles H. Akers, Arizona Gazette, Phoenix

1966
George H. Smalley, Tucson Daily Citizen

1965
Angela Hutchinson Hammer, Casa Grande Valley Dispatch

1964
Stanley C. Bagg, Tombstone Prospector

1963
John H. Marion, Arizona Miner

1962
Robert Christian Smith, Snowflake Herald

1961
John W. Dorrington, Arizona Sentinel, Yuma

1960
Thomas F. Weedin, Florence Blade-Tribune

1959
Judge Aaron H. Hackney, Arizona Silver Belt, Globe

1958
Alfred F. Banta, Nine Arizona Newspapers

1957
Edward C. Cross, Weekly Arizonian, Tubac

1956
Carmel Giragi, Holbrook Tribune-News and Winslow Mail

1955
Fred S. Breen, Coconino Sun, Flagstaff

1954
Allan B. Jaynes, Tucson Daily Citizen

1953
Anson H. Smith, Mohave County Miner

1952
George H. Kelly, Douglas International and Arizona Historical Review

1951
John William "Uncle Billy" Spear, The Arizona Republic

1950
John P. Clum, Tombstone Epitaph

1949
William Wrightson, Tubac Arizonian