Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame

 
 

The Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame resides in the Reynolds Press Center, 102 N. Curry St., in Carson City. More photos will be added as they become available. A form for nominating members may be found below.

 

• Bryn Armstrong

• Bruce Bledsoe

• A.E. Cahlan

• Gwen Carter

• Ty Cobb

  1. Walter Cox

  2. Tonia Cunning

• Robert (Bob) H. Davis

• Samuel P. Davis

• Ned Day

• Ruthe Deskin

• Dan De Quille

• Bill Dolan

• Wells Drury

Members of Nevada’s Newspaper Hall of Fame

• Ken Ingram

• Joseph R. Jackson

• Florence Lee Jones

• Ken Jones

• Peter Kelly

• Paul Leonard

  1. Warren Lerude

  2. Mark Lundahl

• Sally Lyda

• Robert Macy

• Jean McElrath

• Sue Morrow

• Jack McCloskey

• Rollan Melton

• Warren Monroe

• Marilyn Newton

• Mike O’Callaghan

  1. David Osborn

  2. Anne Pershing

  3. Guy Richardson

  4. Brendan Riley

• Gerald Roberts

• Cy Ryan

• Jim Sanford

• John Sanford

• Robert Sanford

• Bert Selkirk

  1. Chris Sheerin

  2. Guy Shipler

  3. John Smetana

• Claude H. Smith

Here’s the form for nominating a person for the Hall of Fame.

• Royce Feour

• Earl Frantzen

• Sherm Frederick

• Paul Gardner

• Elton Garrett

• Frank Garside

• Sherwin ‘Scoop’ Garside

• Ray Germain

• Barbara Greenspun

• Hank Greenspun

  1. Joyce Hollister

  2. A.D. Hopkins

• Ted, Tony and Frank Hughes

• Steve Sneddon

  1. E.B. Steninger

• E.M. Steninger

• Mel Steninger

• Avery Stitser

• Sandy Thompson

• Charles Triplett

• Mark Twain

  1. Roy Vanett

  2. Ed Vogel

• Max Wignall

• Delbert E. William

• Thomas C. Wilson

• William Wright 

Dan De Quille


Dan De Quille’s employment at the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City for 31 years during the later half of the 19th century made him the most prolific journalist in that newspaper’s history. Known as the Washoe giant, De Quille was by far and away the best at penning “quaints” – short fictitious stories – that were published in many periodicals. His book The Big Bonanza is considered the definitive history about Virginia City and the Comstock Lode.

 
Mark Twain


After trying his luck at prospecting, Mark Twain began his literary career in earnest while writing stories for the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City. He developed and polished his writing style while on the staff of the famous newspaper. Twain believed that people, not facts, make news, and he always played up the human-interest side of a story. He came to the Territory of Nevada in 1861 and left three years later.

 
Robert Davis


Robert Davis started his life-long and illustrious journalism career as an 18-year-old compositor for the Carson City Appeal in 1887. The acclaimed writer eventually went on a tour of the world as a columnist for the old New York Sun. For an interview with Mussolini in Rome in 1926, Davis was made an honorary life member of the staff of The Associated Press.

 
Wells Drury


Wells Drury was known in the rowdy days of Nevada’s early mining camps as the “Fighting Editor of the Comstock.” An editor of the Gold Hill News, the Virginia City Chronicle and the Territorial Enterprise, he was noted for his high sense of duty to the public. After leaving Nevada, he became well known in California journalistic circles as an editor for several papers there.

 
Samuel Davis


Samuel Davis became one of the most famous early newspaperman in Nevada through his work on the Territorial Enterprise and the Carson City Appeal. After working as a reporter in Virginia City, Davis became editor of the Appeal in 1879 and later managed the paper. The paper, so well known that it was copied all over the country, was a powerful influence in politics.


 
Avery Stitser


After her husband Rollin died in 1939, this charismatic woman carried on as owner of the Humboldt Star. Her distinguished career spanned from 1922 to 1960, when she sold the Winnemucca newspaper. She was the first woman to be president of the Nevada Press Association.

 
E.B. Steninger


With Chris Sheerin, he co-owned the Elko Daily Free Press from 1945-1968. The University of Nevada, Reno graduate supervised production at the Elko paper.


 
Hank Greenspun


The crusading founder and publisher of the Las Vegas Sun epitomized personal journalism. His front-page column “Where I Stand” became one of the most widely read columns in the state. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a lawyer by training and a decorated World War II veteran, he arrived in Las Vegas in 1946 and founded the Sun four years later.

 
Barbara Greenspun


Greenspun was instrumental in keeping the Las Vegas Sun financially alive for four decades as the “silent” partner of husband Hank Greenspun, the crusading founder of the newspaper.  She was the gentle, persistent voice on the doorsteps of advertisers, bringing in cash during lean years.  She helped the newspaper survive both a 1952 advertising boycott and a fire that leveled its plant in 1963.  Before his death in 1989, Hank made his wife co-publisher because, friends say, he knew she could do the job.


 
Paul Gardner


Born in Iowa, Gardner was publisher of the Lovelock Review-Miner from 1931-1966. He later wrote a gardening column for the Nevada Appeal. A former school superintendent, he worked his way through Drake University using his stenographic and typing skills.

 
Walter Cox


His homespun humor tickled readers for decades. He invented the famous Mason Valley News slogan: “The Only Newspaper in the World That Gives a Damn About Yerington.” A former state assemblyman, Cox wrote his columns on a 1924 Underwood.

 
Claude Smith


A Kansas native, artist, printer and editorialist, he was among the most influential newspaper leader of his era. He was co-owner of the prize-winning weekly Fallon Standard from 1926 until his death. He composed opinion pieces from his head onto Linotype keys.


 
Earl Frantzen


Frantzen rose through the ranks of the Elko Daily Free Press from printer’s devil to ad manager, business manager, then co-owner and publisher. An accomplished photographer, he was the first to take pictures of a Nevada courtroom scene.

 
Chris Sheerin


A Virginia City native, Sheerin was a member of the University of Nevada’s first journalism class in 1924. During a 41-year career in Elko, he was editor and co-owner of the Elko Daily Free Press. He also was a founder of Elko Broadcasting Co.


 
Thomas C. Wilson


This ex-reporter launched Reno’s first advertising agency in 1939. He was known as the “father of ideas,” and his creativity sparked the world’s first casino ad campaign (Harolds Club or Bust!).

 
E.M. Steninger


Publisher of the Elko Daily Free Press for 35 years, he was a fiery editor and civic leader who led the fight to incorporate Elko. He started his career as an apprentice printer in his home state of Iowa. He bought the Elko Free Press in 1910 and turned it into a daily in 1931. He was twice president of the Nevada Press Association.

 
Ty Cobb


A kid from the Comstock, Cobb become one of the West’s newspaper legends. He was sports editor of the Nevada State Journal in Reno from 1937 to 1958 and later became the newspaper’s managing editor. He continued to write a column after his retirement in 1975. Cobb labored tirelessly for under-served athletes and lay people.

 

Bill Dolan


Dolan worked for the Nevada Appeal in Carson City for 37 years in all departments except the newsroom. The 1950 University of Nevada journalism graduate was a member of Patton’s secret army during D-Day.


Gerald Roberts


A Tonopah native, Roberts went from high school newspaper editor to owner of the Tonopah Times-Bonanza and the Eureka Sentinel. He was an award-winning writer and a former president of the Nevada Press Association. He was known as a civic leader.

 
Rollan Melton


Melton went from a printer’s devil at the Fallon Standard to the president of nationwide Speidel Newspapers, a group of 13 dailies. He was a member of the Gannett newspaper chain board for 20 years and also served as publisher of the Reno Gazette-Journal. He eventually returned to the Reno newspaper to write a column.

 
Warren Lerude


Lerude began his journalism career as a reporter for The Associated Press fresh out of journalism school at the University of Nevada, Reno. He went on to become editor and then publisher of the Reno Gazette-Journal. He shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1977 for a series of editorial that attack brothel owner Joe Conforte.

 
Mike O’Callaghan


The popular two-term Nevada governor known for his no-nonsense style joined the Las Vegas Sun as executive editor and columnist after leaving public office. In addition to being named a Sun executive, the decorated veteran of the Korean War and former high school teacher also became publisher of the Henderson Home News and Boulder City News.

 
Robert Macy


During a 30-year career with The Associated Press that ended in 2000, Macy spent 19 years as correspondent in Las Vegas, producing some 11,000 bylined stories and an estimated 15 million words. The University of Kansas journalism graduate became an AP legend when a pedestrian walkway collapsed at the Kansas City Hyatt Hotel, killing more than 100 people. He obtained a worker’s pass that allowed him into the building where he stayed throughout the rescue effort. His exclusive behind-the-scenes reporting ran worldwide.

 
Cy Ryan


Ryan, a hard-nosed reporter and workhorse, began his long tenure as a capitol reporter with United Press International in the early 1960s. When UPI closed shop, the University of Nevada journalism graduate and capitol press corps legend became the Las Vegas Sun’s statehouse reporter.

 
Sue Morrow


Morrow began her 29-year career at the Nevada Appeal in Carson City in 1962 and was the newspaper’s city editor for 20 years. Known as a stickler for accuracy on the editing desk, Morrow covered several high-profile stories, including the crash of the Paradise Airline gamblers’ special that killed 85 people and the Frank Sinatra Jr. kidnapping.


 
Ken Jones


Jones, who began his long career as a photographer for the Las Vegas Sun in the 1950s, photographed a number of famous Las Vegas visitors, including first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, President Kennedy and Elvis Presley. Jones, known for his gentle nature and dedication, created a visual history of Las Vegas that cannot be duplicated.

 
Steve Sneddon


A veteran of more than 30 years of covering high-school, college and professional athletics, Sneddon was considered the dean of Northern Nevada sportswriters. He was well known on the national scene as a preeminent boxing writer, and his reporting for the Reno Gazette-Journal in the 1970s and 1980s on issues such as low graduation rates among black athletes and sports gambling put him in the vanguard of sports journalism.


 
Marilyn Newton


Known for her tenacity in chasing down breaking news and her dedication to the job, Newton is believed to be the first woman hired as a full-time newspaper photographer in Nevada. The veteran photographer came to the Reno Evening Gazette in 1963, starting as a girl Friday. Within a week, she wrote her first front-page story and within six months was carrying a camera. She switched to the Nevada State Journal and photojournalism full-time in 1967.


 

Frank, Ted and Tony Hughes


The Hughes brothers started working at the Mineral County Independent-News in Hawthorne as young men in the 1940s and 1950s and eventually performed nearly every job at the newspaper, from running the presses to selling advertising and writing news stories. They became partners with Jack and Pauline McCloskey in 1986 and sole owners in 1994. As editors, business managers and publishers, Frank, Ted and Tony Hughes embodied the Nevada tradition of a locally owned, community newspaper.


Royce Feour


Feour wanted to be a sportswriter as early as the fourth grade, when he wrote an essay on it. He launched his career as a 14-year-old in the 1950s by covering prep sports for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where he worked for more than 36 years after a five-year tenure at the Las Vegas-Sun. He won numerous awards, including the Nat Fleischer Award for excellence in boxing journalism from the Boxing Writers Association of America in 1997.

 
Jean Sybil McElrath


Jean McElrath transcends words like adversity. “Guts” more accurately describes this remarkable woman, who distinguished herself as a Nevada journalist and author during a career spanning three decades. Her column “Tumbleweeds,” published in the Wells Progress for more than 20 years, was written while McElrath lay crippled from arthritis that had her bedridden since her teens. Later, when she became blind, Braille letters were taped to the keys of her typewriter. When a story broke, her sister Anita would load her gurney into a station wagon and bound across Elko County to get the story. A 1965 Distinguished Nevadan, McElrath was known for more than her determination. “Not only has she breathed life into fine old stories that would otherwise be left to die, but she has done so with a true storyteller’s gift of narrative,” wrote Robert Laxalt.

 
Elton Garrett


Before the first spade of dirt had been turned to create Boulder City, Garrett was covering the birth of the town that would become his home. Beginning in 1929 with the Las Vegas Evening Review-Journal, he moved two years later to Boulder City to become managing editor and one-man bureau of the Boulder City Journal, an edition of the Review-Journal. His “Nuggets of Boulder Color” column chronicled a historic time for Nevada and the nation through the stories of regular working folks who were constructing one of the engineering wonders of the world. Garrett continued his journalism career through 1942, even as he launched a second career in 1932 as teacher and later principal of Boulder City’s only school. His civic leadership helped the town earn its home-rule status in 1960.

 
Jim Sanford


Growing up in his family’s newspaper business, Sanford started working at the Mason Valley News in Yerington at age 8 as a printer’s devil. Following his graduation from the University of Nevada, Reno, he rejoined the News as a reporter and within five years was promoted to assistant editor and later to editor. By 1980, he was co-publisher, along with his father, Robert. An active community member, Sanford also was a member of the board of the Nevada Press Association for 17 years, state chairman of the National Newspaper Association and won many NPA awards, including Outstanding Statewide Journalist in 1992.


 
Gwen Carter


A native of Oregon, Carter brought her journalism skills to Nevada to work at the Humboldt Sun and Lovelock Review-Miner in all aspects of the business — selling advertising, designing ads, writing, taking photos and designing pages. In 1991, she bought the Lovelock Review-Miner and, in 1999, added The Nevada Rancher. Known for her strong work ethic and sense of fairness, she combined her newspaper career with life on the family farm outside Lovelock and was active in many civic organizations. Carter earned several awards from the Nevada Press Association and served a term as its president.

 
Anne Pershing


Pershing spent 25 years as the heart and soul of weekly newspaper journalism in Fallon, beginning with the Lahontan Valley News as a reporter in 1983. She moved to news editor, then was editor/general manager/executive vice president until 2003. With the Reno Gazette-Journal, she launched the Fallon Star Press in 2004 as its executive editor. For her work on the Fallon child leukemia cluster between 1999 and 2002, Pershing was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. She was honored with a 2001 Associated Press Public Service Award for that coverage. She was president of the NPA in 1993-94, served on its board for 13 years and earned the NPA President’s Award in 1999.


 
Tonia Cunning


Cunning began her career with the Nevada State Journal in 1971 and joined the Reno Gazette-Journal with a merger in 1983. A graduate of Whittell High School and the University of Nevada, Reno, she had been a feature writer, feature editor, assistant managing editor and managing editor before being named executive editor in 1999.  Cunning built a newsroom culture that integrated online, television partnerships and print, orchestrated the publication of various books based on the newsroom’s work, and fostered innovation such as audio recordings of church choirs and tapes of cowboy poets. She helped launch the newspaper’s Latino and business advisory boards. She was a member of the NPA board and its president in 1999.

 
A.D. Hopkins


After starting his journalism career in Virginia and North Carolina, Hopkins came to Nevada in 1969 expecting to stay  a short while and  move on. More than 40 years later, he was still in the front row of history in the making as a reporter and editor for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Former reporter for the Las Vegas Sun and editor of the Valley Times, he went to work for the Review-Journal and for years was the editor of its Sunday magazine, the Nevadan. He took over the R-J's special projects team in 1989 and exposed scandals ranging from UNLV's basketball team to the Nevada Supreme Court. He also co-edited a popular history book, "The First 100," chronicling the rise of Las Vegas.


 
Brendan Riley


Riley covered the capital in Carson City for the Associated Press for 37 years, a stretch that included six governors and 19 regular legislative sessions. He joined the AP in 1970 after serving in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. With his degree in English literature from St. Mary's College in California and after a short stint with the Vallejo Times-Herald, where his father was managing editor and his mother was a columnist, Brendan went to work in the San Francisco AP bureau. He later covered then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan in Sacramento before transferring to Carson City in 1972. He documented spending by lobbyists, missteps by governors and malfeasance by lawmakers. He searched for missing aviator Steve Fossett, climbed mountains with a heart transplant victim and documented history being made at five national political conventions.

 
Bruce Bledsoe


Bledsoe crafted award-winning editorials for the Reno Gazette-Journal for more than 20 years before retiring in 2001. He was called a master of visual imagery and a writer with the soul of a poet for his editorial-writing skills. Bledsoe, who earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno, was a Nevada journalist for more than 35 years.

 
Bryn Armstrong


As an editor who poked holes in stories, a mentor to young reporters, a columnist who fought for civil rights and a reporter who exposed an adoption scandal, Armstrong earned the respect of his peers for his high standards, integrity and willingness to give back to the newspaper business. His newspaper career in Nevada, first at the old Reno Evening Gazette and then at the Las Vegas Sun, spanned nearly 30 years before he left the profession in 1977. He was the Sun’s executive editor from 1962-1977.

 
Ned Day


After arriving in Las Vegas in 1976 to work for the Valley Times newspaper, Day quickly earned a reputation as a courageous, compassionate investigative reporter. Day, who later became a columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, earned praise for his hard-hitting coverage of organized crime, the gaming industry and politics.

 
A.E. Cahlan


Cahlan was part owner and managing director of the Las Vegas Review-Journal from 1926-1961 and wrote a column for the newspaper called “From Where I Sit.” A third-generation Nevada, born in Reno, he was an honor student at the University of Nevada where he earned a degree in electrical engineering.

 
Sherman Frederick


Frederick began his journalism career as a reporting intern at the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 1976; 16 years later he became the newspaper’s publisher after a four-year stint as editor. In 1999, the journalism graduate of Northern Arizona University was named president of Stephens Media Group, formerly Donrey Media Group, owner of the Review-Journal and a number of other newspapers. A past president of the Nevada Press Association, he was instrumental in establishing the association’s historic headquarters near the Nevada Capitol. He founded Battle Born Media, which publishes four county-seat newspapers in Nevada — The Ely Times, Mineral County Independent-News, Lincoln County Record and Eureka Sentinel.


 
Ruthie Deskin


The Yerington native and graduate of the University of Nevada began her long career at the Las Vegas Sun in 1954 as assistant to publisher Hank Greenspun. She was warned in journalism school that women had no place in newspapers. Her long-running column in the Sun began as a memo she gave her boss. Without her knowledge, he published the memo.


 
Sherwin “Scoop” Garside


This Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter, photographer and columnist was known for his column “Caught on the Run.” He earned his nickname at Las Vegas High where he edited the school paper. He was born in Tonopah but moved to Las Vegas when his father bought the Review-Journal. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Missouri.


 
Frank Garside


A pioneer Nevada newspaper publisher, Garside owned a number of newspapers, including the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Tonopah Times-Bonanza and several other in mining boom town. In 1926, he purchased the Las Vegas Review, which later became the Review-Journal.

 
Joyce Hollister


A second-generation journalist, Hollister performed a number of tasks for The Record-Courier during her 25-year career at the weekly newspaper in Gardnerville that began in 1976. She sold ads, took photos, covered the school board, edited the people section and redesigned the newspaper twice. She also initiated many of the newspaper’s features and fostered community events.


 
Raymond Germain


An early Las Vegas resident and University Nevada graduate, Germain worked on the news staff of the Tonopah Times-Bonanza when his father-in-law, Frank F. Garside, owned it. In 1945 he became news editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, also owned by his father-in-law. He later co-founded Bonanza Printer and was vice president of the Las Vegas Sun.


 
Joseph R. Jackson


A descendant of covered-wagon pioneers and a second-generation newspaperman, Jackson was a news executive at The Reno Evening Gazette. He was known for his epic stamina. He concluded his 41-year newspaper career as an expert state government commentator.

 
Ken Ingram


From 1947-1957, Ingram was “Mr. Everything” at the weekly Fallon Standard – reporter, assistant editor, advertising manager and administrator of the paper’s commercial printing operation. He helped the newspaper’s owners make it a premier newspaper. The graduate of the University of Montana also was a secretary-manager of the Nevada Press Association from 1957-1960. Ingram later ran a one-man printing company in Reno for 33 years.

 
Peter Kelley


A former combat correspondent, Kelley was editor of the Nevada Appeal in Carson City from 1946-1953. Kelley himself made the news when he broke his leg skiing in 1951 and moved the Appeal newsroom into his bedroom. He also was a lobbyist and volunteer secretary-manager of the Nevada Press Association.


 
Florence Lee Jones


This longtime Las Vegas Review-Journal writer was the first important female journalist in Southern Nevada when she began her career in the 1930s. She covered hard-news stories when most women writers were confined to tea party beats. She later became the dominant scribe of Las Vegas society news.


 
Sally Lyda


Lyda was editor of The Record-Courier in the late 1970s when the Gardnerville newspaper grew in size and achieved critical acclaim. She began working part-time at the newspaper and later reluctantly accepted editorship. Although she didn’t possess the temperament of a hard-bitten journalist, she took tough editorial stands.

 
Paul Leonard


A University of Nevada track champion in the mile run, Leonard was editor of the Nevada State Journal in Reno from 1957-1972. He championed what was good for Reno and diligently worked to eradicate the bad.

 
Warren Monroe


This silver-haired Elko Independent owner/publisher was a 19-year Nevada legislator, serving in both houses. He wrote his “Hot Copy” column from 1937 until his death. He grew up in Sparks and was a 1929 journalism graduate of the University of Nevada.


 
Jack McCloskey


After launching the Mineral County Independent-News in the Depression, McCloskey punctuated pomposity, phoned governors with answers and publicly spanked other newspapers. His weekly column “Jasper” spanned more than six decades. Born in Goldfield and reared in Tonopah, he started in the business as a paperboy.

 
Robert Sanford


He was editor of the Fallon Eagle at age 23. He owned the Mason Valley News with Walter Cox and later was sole owner before selling the newspaper to his sons. A gutsy, smart, prize-winning editor, he was relentlessly competitive. He fought in the D-Day landing at Normandy.

 
David Osborn


He became a top Donrey Media Group executive in 1992 after starting as an ad salesman with the group. During his 31-year career with Donrey, he was ad director and later publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and also publisher of the Nevada Appeal. He began his career as sports editor of an Air Force newspaper.

 
Mel Steninger


The third generation of the Steninger family to own the Elko Daily Press, he and partner Earl Frantzen acquired the newspaper in 1968. A Missouri journalism graduate, he served as editor. He successfully challenged the constitutionality of a state law requiring newspapers to file reports of advertising expenditures by legislative candidates.

 
Bert Selkirk


Known as the grandfather of The Record-Courier in Gardnerville, he was hired by the newspaper in 1893 as a printer and owned the paper from 1908-1944. During that time, The Record-Courier was regarded as a lively newspaper and one of the best weeklies in the far west.

 
Charles Triplett


The second-generation owner/editor of the Wells Progress was a top prep baseball player, lifetime outdoorsman and community booster. Like his father, he was a Nevada Press Association president. The Triplett family owned the Progress for 57 years.

 
Sandy Thompson


Thompson, vice president and associate editor of the Las Vegas Sun before her death in a traffic accident in 2002, championed children’s rights in stories and in a weekly column that led to changes in the family court system.  She joined the Sun in 1970 as a copy editor.  Later the award-winning writer and Penn State University graduate was features editor and then managing editor for 11 years.  In her role as vice president and associate editor, she was a liaison between the Sun the community groups it helps.

 
Max Wingnall


As an Elko High student, he was an apprentice at the weekly Elko Independent. He signed on full time in 1947. He served as production foreman and later purchased the Independent from Warren “Snowy” Monroe.


 
Roy Vanett


Vanett could be called an unsung hero of print journalism in Nevada because most of his 34-year career at the Las Vegas Review-Journal was spent behind the scenes on editing desks. As a city editor, he offered jobs and guidance to scores of young reporters. As a copy editor, he provided invaluable historical perspective and the example of a hard worker who demanded excellence. The journalism graduate of Indiana University joined the Review-Journal in 1965.


 
William Wright


As general manager, he helped build the Las Vegas Review-Journal into Nevada’s largest newspaper. The news-oriented businessman was a native Texan and journalism graduated of the University Missouri. An historian, he helped shape the Nevada State Museum system.

 

Delbert E. Williams


Delbert Williams began his newspaper career as a printer’s apprentice with the Genoa Courier. In 1884, Williams managed the Genoa Courier for his uncle, and under his leadership the paper prospered. He bought the Fallon Eagle in 1907 and over the next 30 years built it into one of the strongest community papers in the state.

John Sanford


This University of Nevada journalism dropout found steady work for 43 years at the Reno Evening Gazette. He was a conservative editorialist, a curmudgeon with a heart of gold and a brilliant photographer. He hired young staffers who became news leaders.

 
Guy Shipler


Shipler was known as the dean of the capital press corps, a distinction gained from seven decades in journalism and bylines in prestigious national publications.

Shipler resided in Carson City from 1956 until his death in 1996. His bust sits inside the front entrance of Nevada’s capitol.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he began his career in 1937 by writing for “The Churchmen,” a publication of his father, the Rev. Dr. Guy Emery Shipler.

He joined Newsweek in 1941and eventually wrote for Business Week, Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune and others, as well as his weekly column on Nevada politics that appeared in newspapers around the state.

 
Mark Lundahl


Through Lundahl’s career from night cops reporter at the San Bernadino Sun to managing editor of the Reno Gazette-Journal, his passion for writing about people and their stories never wavered.

Born in Rockford, Ill., in 1953, he graduated from the University of Redlands. Lundahl became city editor of the RGJ in 1994 and spent a total of 23 years in a variety of supervising and editing positions. At the time of his death in 2010, he was also president of the Nevada Press Association.

Lundahl’s calm and compassion, his attention to detail in the stories he wrote and edited, and his knowledge of local history made him a leader in the newsroom.

 
John Smetana


Smetana, whose 40-year journalism career included 21 at the Reno Gazette-Journal, was the kind of newsman who made things better — the stories he edited, the newspapers he worked for, the reporters he mentored.

Born in 1943 in Melrose Park, Ill., Smetana was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1965 and served in Vietnam with the 11th Armored Cavalry “Blackhorse” Regiment, for which he received a Bronze Star and other medals. He studied journalism at the University of Illinois and began his career in that state, later becoming city editor for the Hollywood, Fla., Sun-Tattler. He started at the Gazette-Journal in 1990 and worked on the sports, copy and city desks over the years.