Legendary news reporters, editors, photographers, broadcasters, groundbreaking filmmakers and shapers of public opinion are among the 22 inductees of the 2018 class of the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday.
Bill Miller Sr., editor and publisher of The Missourian, is one of the inductees.
The new inductees were selected for their significant contributions to print and broadcast journalism, digital media, advertising, and public relations by the board of directors of the St. Louis Media History Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that researches, collects, and archives local media-related artifacts and memorabilia.
They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a gala Saturday, March 17, at St. Louis City Center Hotel, 400 S. 14th St., in downtown St. Louis. The public is invited.
The inductees are:
Bill Miller Sr. — Joining the Washington Missourian after returning from the Korean War in 1953, Miller worked his way up from reporter to publisher of the newspaper his family has owned since 1937.
The Missourian is known for fair and accurate reporting, mixing country journalism with tough editorial stances on local and regional issues.
Dave Dorr — A veteran St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports writer (1966-2001), Dorr also was a Sporting News college basketball columnist, and was twice named Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.
Paul Fey/Walt Jaschek — Founders of Paul and Walt Worldwide in 1991, they quickly gained recognition and numerous ADDY and CLIO awards for their highly creative national radio campaigns for CBS-TV, NBC, King World, and many other clients.
J.B. Forbes — Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for more than 42 years, Forbes is a master at using his photojournalistic talents to capture colorful images, supporting thousands of sports, hard news, and feature stories for the newspaper.
Tripp Frohlichstein — A former news editor at the former KMOV-TV, Frohlichstein, now deceased, founded MediaMasters to teach executives to communicate with the public through the print, broadcast and online media.
Henry Hampton — An author and award-winning filmmaker, Hampton, now deceased, produced the highly acclaimed PBS documentary “Eyes on the Prize” about the civil rights struggle, and that was after he had already produced 60 documentaries focusing on democracy, diversity, culture and civil society.
Mary Lou Hess — Chief marketer for May Department Stores and Plaza Frontenac, Hess, now deceased, later started her own consultancy, was the first woman admitted to the Ad Club of St. Louis, and its first female president.
Cleora Hughes — She began her 41-year reporting career at the Post-Dispatch in the mid-1960s, and later became editor of the entertainment section, the first African-American woman at the Post-Dispatch to occupy such an important editorial position.
Bob Joiner — Distinguished for his informed reporting, Joiner was an outstanding journalist for the St. Louis American and the Post-Dispatch, where he was a beat reporter, wire editor, editorial writer, columnist, and a member of the newspaper’s D.C. bureau. He also covered medical issues for KWMU/St. Louis Public Radio.
Jim Kirchherr — The senior director of content at KETC/The Nine Network, where he has worked since 1991, Kirchherr oversees production of local broadcast and digital content, documentaries, public affairs specials, and town halls. As a producer, host and writer, he has won 26 regional Emmy Awards.
Deanne Lane — A staff reporter and news anchor, Lane worked for more than 24 years at KSDK Channel 5. She was recognized for her reporting on news stories of the day, and unique, investigative series.
George “The G” Logan — A popular radio DJ in the mid-1950s on KXLW in St. Louis, “The G’s” style of broadcasting and imitation of Black radio helped lay the foundation for what would become “rock and roll radio” here and across the country. Logan is deceased.
George Noory — Host of “Coast-to-Coast,” which can be heard nightly by millions of listeners on more than 600 radio stations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Guam, Noory is a longtime St. Louisan, a former news director at KSDK-TV, and a former late-night host on KTRS Radio.
Rob and Sally Rains — Rob Rains has been covering sports in St. Louis for more than 30 years in print, 20 years on radio, and he’s written or co-written with Sally Rains, his wife, more than 30 books with or about the greats in St. Louis sports. They moved into the digital world with StLSportsPage.com in 2011.
John Rawlings — Senior vice president and editorial director of The Sporting News for 18 years and a longtime sports writer, Rawlings was an excellent editor and later, the driving force in helping Major League Baseball — and TSN — to develop websites and go online in the early days of the Internet.
Brother George Rueppel, SJ — He is the founder of radio station WEW (We Enlighten the World) in 1921, the first station west of the Mississippi, which was owned by St. Louis University. Under Brother Rueppel’s watch, WEW became the second station in the U.S. authorized to broadcast weather forecasts, the first to include river reports, and later that year, market reports — regular features in today’s broadcasting world. He is deceased.
Al Schweitzer — The last surviving member of the Post-Dispatch’s original art department. For more than 30 years, Schweitzer was considered one of the finest draftsmen in the newsroom. He “covered” trials, drew countless political portraits and illustrations, and the first to consistently sketch the Weatherbird in color.
James Roy Stockton — Legendary Post-Dispatch sports writer who covered the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals for 43 years (1915-1958). Stockton, now deceased, also wrote the baseball classic, “The Gashouse Gang and a Couple of Other Guys,” hosted a radio sports program for 15 years, and was part of the first telecast of a baseball game in St. Louis in 1947. He was the winner of MLB’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award in 1972.
Susan Veidt — Regional president of Fleishman-Hillard, Veidt has helped guide the growth of FH into one of the world’s largest communications agencies. She has led major client accounts since 1986, and spearheaded numerous campaigns, such as “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries” for Eveready Battery Co.
Al Wiman — A longtime medical reporter at KMOX/KMOV-TV and KSDK-TV, Wiman won numerous medical and science awards during his 29 years in broadcasting. He is known for his innovative medical series, including coverage of his own prostate cancer surgery, which led to a marked increase in men seeking prostate exams.
The St. Louis Media History Foundation accepts tax-deductible contributions to develop and expand its collection of regional St. Louis media artifacts, its website, oral histories, local archives, and repositories. It also offers exhibits at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 3524 Russell Blvd., in St. Louis. For more information, visit the Foundation’s Facebook pages or its website, www.stlmediahistory.com.