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Hall of Fame to induct six at June 2 dinner

June 3 promises to be a festive and memorable evening at the Omaha Press Club when six outstanding media professionals are inducted into the OPC Journalists of Excellence Hall of Fame. John Prescott, a past Hall of Fame honoree, will emcee the 10th annual ceremonies. The club is again grateful to Firespring, the event’s presenting sponsor.

The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, followed by dinner and the induction ceremonies. The event is open to the public, and reservations are required. Tables fill early, so call 402-345-8088 or email jeaniec@opc.omhcoxmail.com.

The 2018 inductees:

Harold Dow — KETV, CBS
Jim Fogarty —  Legacy Preservation Books, KETV, Omaha World-Herald
Cate Folsom — World-Herald
Ron Hull — NET, UNL-Lincoln
Jeff Jordan — KMTV, Union Pacific, World-Herald
Bob Runnels — KMTV


Harold Dow (posthumous)Dow became the first African-American television reporter in Omaha, serving as co-anchor and talk-show host for KETV. From there he moved on to a distinguished career at CBS News that lasted from 1972 to 2010, when he died of an apparent asthma attack. Over the course of his career, Dow received five Emmy Awards plus a Peabody Award for his “48 Hours” report on runaways and a Robert F. Kennedy Award for a report on public housing. Before joining CBS, he worked in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Paterson, N.J. A native of Hackensack, N.J., Dow attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

James D. “Jim” Fogarty – The lifelong Nebraskan is co-owner of Legacy Preservation Books, a national publisher of family, business and institutional histories. Fogarty previously spent 11 years as a staff writer for the Omaha World-Herald and 20 years in corporate communications, before co-founding Legacy. For seven years he was a panelist on KETV’s Sunday news analysis program, “Kaleidoscope.” He’s a past president of the Omaha Press Club and past trustee of the Omaha Public Library.

Cate Folsom –  Editorial Page editor is the latest position in Folsom’s 39-year career at the Omaha World-Herald. Her reporting beats included a stint in the Washington Bureau, but she has served as an editor for the bulk of her career. As an assignment editor, she has led a number of award-winning reporting efforts, including coverage of the safe-haven law, issues stemming from the Von Maur mass shooting, and state prison sentencing miscalculations. She and her reporters received the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Andy Award for “At War/At Home,” a series on Nebraska and Iowa soldiers in Afghanistan. Cate is an Omaha native and a UNO graduate.

Ron Hull – Since 1954, Hull has led a storied career with Nebraska Educational Television and with the national Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In 1955 he became program manager at NETV and played a central role in making it one of the nation’s most successful ETV enterprises. Hull helped lead NETV through 2003, and thereafter has served as a senior adviser to the organization. Hull has also served with the U.S Foreign Service in Vietnam, and in his work with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, helped to create the programs “Anyone for Tennyson,” “The American Experience,” and “Reading Rainbow.”

R.W. “Jeff” Jordan (posthumous) – The Baltimore native was a familiar face on Omaha TV, newspaper pages and Omaha Press Club shows during the 1970s and ’80s. After radio and TV jobs in several cities, Jordan landed in Omaha, where he anchored KMTV newscasts from 1970 to 1978. From 1979 to 1983, Jordan was a feature columnist for the Omaha World-Herald.  He also served as emcee of the annual OPC gridiron show for 14 years. A lifelong railroad buff, Jordan joined Union Pacific in 1985. He finished his career at Overnite Trucking, then a subsidiary of Union Pacific, retiring in 1998. Jordan was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1997 and died in 1999.

Robert Alexander “Bob” Runnels Sr. —   Runnels was a 20-year Navy journalist before arriving at Omaha KMTV.  At Channel 3, he was a reporter-photographer from 1971 to 1983.  He also hosted a weekly community affairs show entitled “Expressions.” While in Omaha, he was a board member of the Greater Omaha Girl Scout Council. Runnels moved to Washington State in 1984 and taught journalism for 10 years at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake.  He returned to his Illinois roots in 2002 and currently is a three-term alderman in North Chicago.


2017 Honorees

Judy Horan, WOWT, Freelance Writer
C. David Kotok, Omaha World-Herald
Patricia J. Matson, ABC, Inc; Ford and Nixon White Houses
Sibyl Myers, Omaha World-Herald
Bud Pagel, NU School Journalism
Dave Webber, KFAB, KMTV, WOWT

2016 Honorees

Jim Flowers, KETV, WOWT, KMTV
Frank Partsch, Omaha World-Herald
John Prescott, KMTV, KHAS-TV, WOWT, Union Pacific, STRATCOM
Jim Roberts, KMTV (1928-1967)
Marguerita Washington, Ph.D., The Omaha Star (1936-2016)
Dr. Eileen Wirth, Creighton University, Omaha World-Herald
Watch the 2016 ceremony on YouTube

2015 Honorees

Rev. Don Doll, S.J., Creighton University
Bob Hoig, Midlands Business Journal
Steve Jordon, Omaha World-Herald
John (Jack) McBride, NETV
Arnold Peterson, WOW Radio and TV
Chuck Roberts, KMTV, CNN Headline News
Gary Sadlemyer, KFAB

2014 Honorees

Robert Dorr, Omaha World-Herald
Carl Keith, Omaha World-Herald
Joe McCartney, WOW Radio-TV, UNO, Union Pacific
Rob McCartney, KETV
Mary McGrath, Omaha World-Herald

2013 Honorees

David A. Haberman, Creighton University
Michael Kelly, Omaha World-Herald
Joe Patrick, KFAB, WOW, KMTV, KETV
Ann Pedersen, WOWT, WCCO-TV
Carol Schrader, KETV, KFAB, NET

2012 Honorees

Rudolph Smith, Omaha World-Herald
Rose Ann Shannon, KETV/KMTV
Phil Johnson, Omaha World-Herald
Barc Wade, AAA Home & Away Magazine
Hugh P. Cowdin, Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Omaha
Robert McMorris, Omaha World-Herald

2011 Honorees

Ninette Beaver, KMTV
John Gottschalk, Omaha World-Herald
Gary Kerr, WOWT
Rev. Leland E. “Lee” Lubbers, S.J., SCOLA, Creighton University
Lee Terry Sr., KETV, WOW-TV

2010 Honorees

Dave Hamer, KETV, KMTV, WOWT
John Hlavacek, United Press, NBC, KMTV
Deanna Sands, Omaha World-Herald
Dottie Hayes Sater, WOW-TV and WOW Radio

2009 Honorees

Harold W. Andersen, Omaha World-Herald
John Clark (1948-2007), KMTV
Mark O. Gautier Jr. (1930-1998), KMTV
James M. McGaffin Jr. (1921-1985), WOW-TV and Radio
Jack Payne, WOW-TV/Radio, KFAB
Howard Silber, Omaha World-Herald

2008 Honorees

Omaha Sun Newspapers: Warren Buffett, Stanford Lipsey, Paul N. Williams.
Mildred Brown, The Omaha Star
Lyell Bremser, “Voice of the Huskers” KFAB and KOIL
Earle “Buddy” Bunker, Omaha World-Herald
Ray Clark, WOW-TV
Henry Doorly, Omaha World-Herald
Sen. Gilbert M. Hitchcock, Omaha Daily World, Omaha World-Herald.
Floyd Kalber, KMTV, NBC-TV Today Show
Ed May Sr. KMTV, May Broadcasting Co.
Steve Murphy, WOW-TV
Harvey Newbranch, Omaha World-Herald
John Savage, Omaha World-Herald
Rev. Roswell Williams, S.J., Creighton University