CMU inducts noteworthy alumni into Journalism Hall of Fame

Hopp, Kamidoi, Marquardt and Bila Michels to be inducted
Journalism Hall of Fame

Central Michigan University's Journalism Hall of Fame will honor five outstanding alumni for making an impact in the field of journalism at its induction ceremony Nov. 15 at the Comfort Inn Hotel & Conference Center in Mount Pleasant.

Alumni and faculty chosen to be included are recognized for remaining true to the ethics and expectations modeled at CMU and showing outstanding dedication to the communities they serve.

“Each year, we are able to select inductees who have made significant contributions to their field,” says Rick Fitzgerald, chair of the Journalism Hall of Fame planning committee. “We have people who work in communications, people who have led their own newsroom and graphic designers who have made their mark. This class represents the great accomplishments CMU journalism graduates are making.”

Among this year’s inductees are:

  • Neil Hopp, ’67, former Central Michigan Life adviser, publisher of The Leader (Corning, N.Y.), and managing editor of The Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.);
  • Wayne Kamidoi, ’87, art director of The New York Times;
  • Tom Marquardt, ’70, editor/publisher of The Capital of Annapolis, Md.; and
  • Kallie Bila Michels, ’85, University of Michigan associate vice president of communications.

Additionally, Kameel Stanley, ’08, will be honored as the 2013 Young Journalist of the Year. Stanley covers the St. Petersburg Police Department and public safety issues in southern Pinellas County for the Tampa Bay Times. She previously held internships at the Grand Rapids Press and the Washington Post.

Central Michigan Life’s class of 1983-84 also will be honored. Those who served on the newspaper staff will be recognized on the staff’s 30th anniversary.

The Journalism Hall of Fame was created by the Journalism Alumni Board; the department's faculty; Sue Ann Martin, former dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts; and former CMU president Michael Rao to honor the tireless efforts of alumni and faculty.

Started in 1959, CMU's journalism department has nurtured and prepared more than 2,000 students to uphold the highest standards in professions that shape how the world is viewed. CMU has the only journalism program in Michigan with concentrations in advertising, news editorial, photojournalism, online journalism and public relations.

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