Daily Times Editor Stone named to Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame
H. Dean Stone, longtime editor at The Daily Times, is one of six journalists named as the first inductees into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
Stone, a University of Oklahoma journalism graduate, began his full-time journalism career in 1949 as Sunday editor at The Daily Times, becoming managing editor that same year. He was named editor in 1978, a position he has held since that time.
He has served multiple terms as president of Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors, now known as Tennessee Associated Press Media Editors.
Other inductees include:
• John Seigenthaler, chairman emeritus of The Tennessean, founding editorial director of USA Today, and founder of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University;
• Chris Clark, a retired chief news anchor of WTVF in Nashville who played a strategic role in convincing the Tennessee Supreme Court to allow cameras in courtrooms;
• Anne Holt, 30-year veteran, three-time Emmy Award winner and news anchor at WKRN in Nashville;
• William Bryant “Bill” Williams Jr., publisher emeritus of The Paris Post-Intelligencer;
• and Dan Miller, deceased, a longtime news anchor at WSMV in Nashville who won multiple Emmy Awards.
The six will be inducted during a ceremony 3 p.m. April 26 at MTSU’s Murphy Center Arena.
Officially unveiled in October 2012 after four years of planning, the new Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame will be housed at MTSU’s John Bragg Mass Communication Building and covers all categories of professional news media including television, newspaper, radio, public relations and electronic media, according to The Murfreesboro Post.
“Our inductee committee has performed yeoman’s work in selecting outstanding journalists from throughout West, Middle and East Tennessee,” said Hooper Penuel, a retired lieutenant colonel and public information officer for the Tennessee National Guard and a founding member on the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors.
The inaugural induction ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. April 26 at the MTSU College of Mass Communication’s annual awards event honoring outstanding journalism students and educators.