Stauffer-Flint Hall on the University of Kansas campus will serve as the new home for the Kansas Media Hall of Fame, featuring inductees in the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame, Kansas Broadcasters Hall of Fame and Kansas Photojournalism Hall of Fame, effective May 19.
Portraits of the recent inductees will be displayed throughout the year along with an interactive touchscreen featuring the previous inductees. Each January, portraits of the new induction class will be installed and the previous year’s class will transition to the digital display.
“The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications is honored to showcase the rich legacy of Kansas media,” said Ann Brill, dean of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. “We look forward to partnering with Kansas Press Association and Kansas Association of Broadcasters throughout the years to celebrate the individuals who have excelled in their careers. We hope this inspires the next generation of storytellers.”
Inductees from the Class of 2022, their family members and former inductees are invited to the dedication and ribbon cutting on Friday, May 19, on the KU campus. Festivities will begin with a social and remarks at 3 p.m. at the Jayhawk Welcome Center and Adams Alumni Center before the ribbon cutting at Stauffer-Flint.
The KAB, which has been honoring outstanding broadcasters for more than 50 years, currently has 103 inductees in its hall.
“The Kansas Association of Broadcasters is thrilled to have created the Kansas Media Hall of Fame along with our great partners at the Kansas Press Association,” said Allison Mazzei, president of the KAB. “The KAB has been honoring outstanding broadcasters since 1969 with our Distinguished Service Award, and in the year 2000 created the Hall of Fame — our highest distinction. Each year we induct one to three legacy broadcasters who have made significant contributions to the industry into these prestigious categories. We are incredibly grateful to the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications for providing this physical space to honor our members and inspire the next generation of broadcasters.”
Since 1931, the KPA has inducted 142 journalists who have made outstanding contributions to their profession.
“We are grateful to Dean Ann Brill and many others that helped bring the new Kansas Media Hall of Fame to the University of Kansas,” said Emily Bradbury, executive director of the KPA. “The William Allen White School of Journalism has played such a pivotal role in the journalism industry in Kansas that it is fitting that the Hall of Fame would find a permanent home here. Working with Allison and the Kansas Association of Broadcasters is always a pleasure, and we are proud to partner with them on this project.”
The inaugural Photojournalism Hall of Fame was announced last fall.
The Kansas Press Association and Kansas Association of Broadcasters will announce their 2023 Hall of Fame classes in October.
Here are the 2022 HOF inductees:
Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame
Murrel Bland, Jean Hays, John Marshall and Bill Roy
Kansas Broadcasters Hall of Fame
Don Free, Jack Oliver and Wyatt Thompson
Kansas Photojournalism Hall of Fame
Rich Clarkson, Carl Davaz, Jeff Jacobsen, Chris Johns, Brian Lanker, Sandra Milburn, Gordon Parks, Jim Richardson, Charlie Reidel, Gary Settle, Bill Snead and Pete Souza.