The induction ceremony of the 2020 Class for the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame has been made available by the University of Kentucky. The class of 10 inductees was announced in early Spring but because of the pandemic, the induction was delayed until October 15.
UK has made available the video of the induction, including the acceptance speeches by the 10 individuals.
The 10 new members of the Hall of Fame include:
- Barbara Bailey, longtime anchor and reporter who has served four decades at WKYT-27 in Lexington, Ky.
- Steve Crump, a reporter with WBTV-3 in Charlotte, N.C., who is also a documentary film producer;
- Maxine Cheshire, a Harlan, Ky., native who had a distinguished career as the author of the “VIP” column in The Washington Post;
- Ronnie Ellis, posthumous, a veteran newspaper reporter who most recently served as Frankfort, Ky., correspondent for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. Ronnie passed away in March, 2020, about a month after learning he would be inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame;
- Michael Hedges, deputy editor of the AARP Bulletin and former Washington, D.C., newspaper editor and investigative reporter and international reporter;
- Maria Henson, associate vice president at Wake Forest University and a former newspaper editor and editorial writer whose work at the Lexington Herald-Leader and Sacramento Bee resulted in Pulitzer Prizes;
- Rachel Platt, director of community engagement for the Frazier History Museum and a former reporter and news anchor with WHAS-11 in Louisville, Ky.;
- Mike Scogin, longtime president and publisher of the Georgetown (Ky.) News-Graphic.
- Russell Shain, a Lexington native and retired journalism educator, whose career included serving as dean of the Arkansas State University College of Communications; and
- Jerry Tipton, who has been a sports writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader since 1981, including almost 40 years covering University of Kentucky men’s basketball.