The Atlanta Press Club has announced a high-profile line-up of presenters who will honor Atlanta’s finest journalists as they are inducted into the Hall of Fame. The honorees will be inducted at a dinner beginning at 7 p.m. (reception at 6 p.m.) on Oct. 8, 2013 at the InterContinental Hotel in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood.The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame recognizes journalists for their lifetime achievements and those whose careers represent the highest standards of journalistic integrity and ethics. Our honorees have made outstanding contributions either to journalism in Georgia, and/or advancing the mission of the Atlanta Press Club. They often courageously overcame obstacles to pursue and find the truth that the public needed to know.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will introduce inductee Ed Baker. Baker is the long-time publisher of Atlanta Business Chronicle, which has grown into one of the largest business journals in the country under his direction. He is also the chief strategic officer of American City Business Journals.
Mary Rose Taylor, Executive Director Emeritus of the Margaret Mitchell House, will introduce inductee Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949). Pulitzer Prize-winning author and reporter, Mitchell began her career at The Atlanta Journal Sunday Magazine. Her investigative skills and descriptive writing style earned her merit as one of the South’s pioneer female journalists even before writing Gone with the Wind.
2011 Hall of Fame inductee and former Channel 2 anchor, John Pruitt, will introduce inductee Monica Pearson. Pearson was Atlanta’s first minority and the city’s first female to anchor the evening news. Over her 37-year career at Channel 2 Action News, she won 30 Local and Southern Regional Emmy Awards.
Mike Bowers, Former Attorney General of Georgia, will introduce inductee Dale Russell. Russell is the senior investigative reporter for Fox 5 Atlanta. Throughout his career, Russell has broken numerous national stories, many resulting in arrests, government action and new laws.
Former Governor of Georgia, Roy Barnes, will introduce inductee Bill Shipp. Shipp is a legendary Georgia journalist and political commentator. He began his writing career with the University of Georgia’s Red and Black and went on to write for the Atlanta Constitution starting in the 1950s.
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Top event sponsors this year include Georgia State University Department of Communications, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Crawford Media Services, Wells Fargo, Cox Media Group, Delta, Fitzgerald & Company, The Home Depot, J B Fuqua Foundation Inc., Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, AT&T, Georgia State University and Habif, Arogeti and Wynne LLP