Monday, January 09, 2012

Congratulations, Skip Hess!

My old Indianapolis News buddy Skip Hess will be inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame on April 28. I plan to be in Bloomington for the occasion!

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.— Longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft and retired Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis News reporter Skip Hess are among five people who will be inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in April.
The others selected for induction are Indiana University journalism professor David Weaver; the late Mark Ferree, a Marion native and longtime senior executive of the Scripps-Howard newspaper company; and the late Kate Milner Rabb, a daily columnist for The Indianapolis Star in the 1920s and '30s who also was president of the Woman's Press Club of Indiana.
-- Kroft grew up in Kokomo and has been a correspondent for CBS News since 1981, including more than two decades with "60 Minutes," and has won many national awards for his work. news93
-- Hess spearheaded numerous prominent investigative projects during more than 30 years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News and The Indianapolis Star. His work included exposing inhumane treatment of mentally ill patients at state hospitals that led to state reforms in the 1970s and disclosure of the misuse of taxpayer money, after which the state schools superintendent was convicted of official misconduct.
-- Weaver joined the Indiana University journalism faculty in 1974 and has done groundbreaking research about journalism and those who make it their career. He has written or co-written several books, three focusing on national censuses of journalists he helped conduct that were published in 1986, 1996 and 2007.
-- Ferree was a national free press advocate as president of the American Newspaper Publishers Association in 1960-62. His career also included reporting for the Marion Chronicle and the Evansville Courier, advertising director for the Indianapolis Times and vice president of the Richmond Palladium-Item.
-- Rabb, a Rockport native, was an author, historian and pioneering newspaper columnist, writing for The Indianapolis Star from 1920 until 1937 -- a time when few women had such opportunities. She was president of the Woman's Press Club of Indiana in 1929-31.
The Journalism Hall of Fame is also presenting its first Distinguished Service Award to Walt Tabak, who spent 25 years providing technical support to Indiana newspapers and broadcast stations that received The Associated Press. He is credited with helping steer many of the state's newsrooms through technical changes that saw the delivery of wire stories and photos go from the teletype days to satellite transmission.
They will all be honored during an April 28 ceremony at IU's Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington.

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