About the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame

Every year the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame recognizes the most outstanding newspaper professionals from our six-state region. More than 100 individuals have been singled out over the past 50 years. The talent, hard work and exceptional accomplishments of these individuals provide inspiration to all New England journalists.

The newest members of the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame will be honored on February 7, 2020 at the 2020 New England Newspaper Convention.

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Nominations are now closed and nominees were inducted and honored during the Hall of Fame dinner at the NENPA Convention on February 7, 2020.

2020 New England Newspaper Hall of Fame Inductees

JOHN DENNIS HARRIGAN

John Dennis Harrigan has been an important part of New Hampshire journalism and newspapering, both daily and weekly, for more than a half century and counting. He is the quintessential newsman. He has done it all in various media, often appearing on public television and radio, but most of his world has revolved around newspapers. He is probably best known for working full time for several years at the New Hampshire Sunday News, and he kept writing his column, “Woods, Water & Wildlife,” even long after he left the paper’s employ, continuing the column for a 37-year run, one of the longest-running columns in the state. As publisher of the Coos County Democrat, he founded the weekly direct-mail tabloid, the Northern Beacon. He also purchased and ran a four-unit Goss press producing his newspaper and the newspaper long published by his father, the late Judge Fred Harrigan. His informed, respectful, and often humorous columns have introduced and educated generations of readers to New Hampshire’s outdoor vistas and wildlife.

JULIA WELLS

Julia Wells has devoted her entire professional career to covering her Island community. After moving to Martha’s Vineyard fresh out of Wells College, she joined the New Bedford Standard Times’ two-person bureau in 1973, then worked for the Cape Cod Times when that newspaper eclipsed the Standard Times as the Vineyard’s preferred mainland paper. In 1984, she joined the Vineyard Gazette, where she served as senior reporter for many years before being named editor in 2004. Over more than four decades, Julia has chronicled the Vineyard’s evolution from a quiet backwater where
artists and writers mixed easily with farmers and fishermen to an elite resort and vacation getaway for Presidents Clinton and Obama. A fearless reporter, graceful writer and skillful editor, Julia is also a demanding leader who holds herself as much as her staff to the highest standards. A guardian of the public’s right to know and a mentor to many young journalists, Julia Wells is a shining example of a consummate news professional.

CAROL J. YOUNG

During 45 years at The Providence Journal, Carol rose from small-town bureau reporter to statewide education reporter, and eventually to deputy executive editor – second in charge of the news department. She was a leader of the Providence Newspaper Guild during a time of labor strife, before becoming the first woman to join the Journal’s management team in 1979. She was a guiding force behind the newspaper’s intern program, serving as a mentor for many who would go on to careers at The Journal and at other publications around the nation. Since retirement, Carol has remained extremely active in the Rhode Island community. She is chairwoman of the board of directors at Inspiring Minds, which provides tutors and mentors for students in the Providence public schools. She is also a member of the advisory council to the president of the University of Rhode Island; and an active volunteer with Leadership Rhode Island, which named her one of the state’s “inspiring leaders’ in 2018.

Hall of Fame Members

Jack Authelet, The Foxboro Reporter
Alan L. Baker, The Ellsworth American.
Nelson Benton, The Salem News
Ellen Beveridge, The Trumbull Times
Robert Bissonnette, York County Coast Star
Louis Bleiweis, The Call
Roswell Bosworth, Jr., East Bay Newspapers
Roswell Bosworth, Sr., East Bay Newspapers
Chris Braithwaite, the Chronicle
Mary Dodge Brewer, Boothbay Register
David Brickman, The Homesteader-Newton
Alexander Bacon Brook, York County Coast Star
Judith Brown, The Herald
Dorothy Whipple Burgess, The Observer
Ann Burghardt, Independent Granite Publishing
Jacob Burghardt, Independent Granite Publishing
Phillip C. Camp Sr., The Vermont Standard
Peter J. Caruso Sr., Caruso & Caruso, LLC
Curtiss Clark, The Newtown Bee
William T. Clew, Telegram & Gazette
Tom Condon, The Hartford Courant
Ross Connelly, Hardwick Gazette
Timothy Cotter, The Day of New London
Kevin Crosbie, the Chronicle
Lucy B. Crosbie, the Chronicle
David Cutler, Stonebridge/Salmon Press
Nicholas Daniloff, Northeastern University
Oreste D’Arconte, The Sun Chronicle
Ed DeCourcy, Argus Champion
Paul Dietterle, Jr., Sanford News
Rodney G. Doherty, Foster’s Daily Democrat
William P. Dole, Cambridge Chronicle
John Donoghue, Burlington Free Press
Michael Donoghue, St. Michael’s College
Chazy Dowaliby, The Patriot Ledger/ The Enterprise
John Drysdale, The Herald of Randolph
Dickey Drysdale, The Herald of Randolph
Christopher A. Eddings, North Shore Weeklies
Robert Estabrook, The Lakeville Journal
James D. Ewing, The Keene Sentinel
Katherine Fanning, The Christian Science Monitor
Robert H. Foster, Foster’s Daily Democrat
Winifred B. French, The Quoddy Tides
Bernard Gallagher, Eagle-Tribune/Haverhill Gazette
Ted Gay, Jr., Taunton Daily Gazette
David D. Gearhart, The Wilton Bulletin
Peter Gelzinis, Boston Herald
Suzanne Gillis, Vermont Woman Newspaper
Marcia Green, Valley Breeze Newspapers
Raymond Gross, Courier-Gazette
William Hannan, The Sun Chronicle
John Dennis Harrigan, Coos County Democrat
Ruth Haskins Bass, The Berkshire Eagle
Joseph P. Heaney, Boston Herald
Frank J. Heinrich, International Circulation Managers Association
Rudolph A. Hempe, No. Kingston Standard Times
Donald Hersam, New Canaan Advertiser
Thomas E. Heslin, Providence Journal
John I. Howell,  Beacon Communications
Phyllis Hughes, Memorial Press Group
Vincent M. Igo, The Foxboro Reporter
Virginia Jackson, The Spectator
Henry E. Josten, Pictorial Gazette
Robert “Bob” Katz, New England Press Association
Bob Katzen, Beacon Hill Roll Call

Tom Kearney, The Stowe Reporter
Jonathan Kellogg, Republican-American
William B. Ketter, Eagle-Tribune Publishing Co.
Martin Langeveld, New England Newspapers, Inc
Harry J. Lally, Brooks Community Newspapers
Hal Levy, Shore Line Newspapers
Angelo Lynn, Addison County Independent
Emerson Lynn, St. Albans Daily Messenger
W. Zachary (Bill) Malinowski, The Providence Journal
Warren McClure, Burlington Free Press
Morgan McGinley, The Day
Lincoln McKie Jr., Journalist & Journalism Teacher
Gerald McLaughlin, Springfield Reporter
Joseph W. McQuaid, Union Leader
Stephen Mindich, Boston Phoenix
John Mitchell, The Times Argus
Robert Mitchell, Rutland Herald
Rocco Molinari, The Sun Chronicle
David A. Morse, The Hardwick Gazette
Karl S. Nash, The Ridgefield Press
John Nash, Westfield Evening Citizen
Kendall Nye, The Sun Chronicle
Susan Ovans, The Hull Times
Candace Page, Burlington Free Press
Russel Pergament, TAB Newspapers Boston Metro
John C. Peterson, The Peterson Group
Morley L. Piper, NE Newspaper Association
William L. Plante, Jr., MNPA
Pamela Polston, Seven Days
Douglas H. Reed, The Free Press
Paul A. Rixon, The Sun Chronicle
Samuel E. Roberts, The Lincoln County News
Irving E. Rogers, III, Eagle-Tribune
Walter Robinson, The Boston Globe
William B. Rotch, The Cabinet Press
Paula Routly, Seven Days
Mary Pat Rowland, Foster’s Daily Democrat
Bob Ryan, The Boston Globe
Richard Saltonstall, Jr., Norumbaga Publishing
Jack Sanders, The Ridgefield Press
William J. Slator, Addison County Independent
Scudder Smith, The Newtown Bee
Paul Scudder Smith, The Newtown Bee
Gordon Smith, Caledonian-Record
James H. Smith, Connecticut Journalist
Albert B. Southwick, Telegram & Gazette
George Speers, New England Press Association
Albert Spendlove, The Telegraph
Albert E. Sylvia, Sr., North Reading Transcript
Elsie M. Talanian, The Salem Observer
Jeanne Tempest, Granite State News
Lisa Tuite, The Boston Globe
Bob Wallack, New England Press Association
Daniel J. Warner, Eagle-Tribune
William Wasserman, North Shore Weeklies
Peter Watson, Gloucester Daily Times
Julia Wells, Vineyard Gazette
Alan White, Eagle -Tribune
Eliot White, Record-Journal Media Group
John Widdison, Worcester Gazette
James Russell Wiggins, The Ellsworth American
Selma Williams, North Shore Weeklies
Frederick J. Wilson, III, So. County Newspapers
George Wilson, Concord Monitor
Carol J. Young, Providence Journal

Nomination instructions

The New England Newspaper Hall of Fame recognizes the most outstanding newspaper professionals from throughout our six-state region.

  • Nominees should be people who have made extraordinary contributions to their newspaper(s), the newspaper industry and their communities. NENPA membership is not required to be eligible for the award.
  • People who have excelled in any area of newspaper operations are eligible — i.e., editorial, advertising, circulation, production, administration.
  • You may nominate those still working in the industry as well as those who have retired. Posthumous nominations are also eligible.

To nominate a colleague in honor of his or her professional achievement and lifetime of contributions, please prepare a letter that describes your nominee’s accomplishments and the reasons why you recommend that he/she should be appointed to the Hall of Fame. Be sure to include any supplemental materials, testimonials, etc. that support your nomination.

Send your nomination by mail to:
New England Newspaper Hall of Fame
c/o New England Newspaper & Press Association
One Arrow Drive, Suite 6
Woburn, MA 01801

Send your nomination by email to:
L.Conway@nenpa.com

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