Three newspapermen have been selected for posthumous induction into the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame.
John M. Jones, III was the publisher of The Greeneville Sun and expanded the company into a family-owned group of eight Tennessee newspapers. He is widely considered the unofficial father of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Jones served as the president of TPA in 1962-63.
John L. Seigenthaler served as editor, publisher, chairman and CEO of The Tennessean. He was also the founding editorial director of USA Today. He was a mentor, civil rights advocate and a proponent of the First Amendment.
George T. Whitley was with The Covington Leader for nearly 57 years. He was named publisher in 1975 and served as that until retiring n 2003. He was a community leader, serving in various roles and also coached youth baseball. He was a leader in TPA as well and was one of only a few people to serve as president of the TPA, TPA Foundation and Tennessee Press Service.
The induction ceremony is being planned as a dinner on Friday, July 19, in Chattanooga, Tenn. It will be held in conjunction with the TPA Summer Convention at The Read House Hotel.
The Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame was established in 1966 as a joint project of the Tennessee Press Association and the University of Tennessee. The Hall of Fame honors those who have made outstanding contributions to Tennessee newspaper journalism or, through Tennessee journalism, to newspaper journalism generally or who have made extraordinary contributions to their communities and regions or the state through newspaper journalism.
The program recognizes and memorializes “extraordinary and clearly outstanding” contributions to newspaper journalism and the newspaper industry. The program’s criteria and procedures were established in 1966, based on policies set jointly by the Tennessee Press Association and the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees. The Hall of Fame is located on the third floor of the Communications Building at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Portraits of all Hall of Fame inductees are displayed there.
The TPA Foundation maintains a website about the Hall of Fame with photos and inductee biographies at http://tpahof.businesscatalyst.com/.
The induction of Mr. Jones, Mr. Seigenthaler and Mr. Whitley will bring the total number of inductees to 60. Watch The Tennessee Press and www.tnpress.com for details on how to register to attend the induction ceremony or contact TPA at (865) 584-5761, ext. 105.