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2022 Legends of North Texas Journalism Ceremony

September 15, 2022

Press Club of Dallas to Honor 2022 Legends in Journalism October 13

DALLAS – September 15, 2022 – Eleven North Texas journalists will be recognized with the industry’s prestigious lifetime excellence award, the Legends of North Texas Journalism, from the Press Club of Dallas

“We will celebrate the talent and endurance of 11 extraordinary people” said Paul Wahlstrom, Press Club president. “Dallas/Fort Worth has been the home base for many successful journalists, and it is an honor for the Press Club of Dallas to recognize them.”

The honorees were selected by a committee of Legend members (Hugh Aynesworth, David Finfrock, John Lumpkin, John Sparks, Janet St. James, Carlton Stowers and Rick Wamre).

The 10th “Legends” program will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. (served by Taco Y Vino) followed by the awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m.  The event will be Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, 75208.

The 2022 honorees are:

Ed Bark, The Dallas Morning News, – For 26 years, Ed was a TV critic at The Dallas Morning News. In 2006, he turned his efforts where he opined on local and national TV stories and talent until retirement in 2020.  Ed is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, with a masters degree in journalism. He’s a past president of the national Television Critics Association, and in 2004 was honored with his alma mater’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Karen Blumenthal (Posthumous)  The Dallas Morning News, Wall Street Journal –Until her untimely death in 2020, Karen was a prodigious book author and journalism educator. Prior to that, she was The Dallas Morning News business editor and Dallas bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal. She was a fierce advocate for the Dallas Public Library system and, as member of the Library Board, she led opposition to funding cuts.Her spouse, Scott McCartney, is also a 2022 Legends inductee.

Cheryl Hall, The Dallas Morning News
Cheryl is currently a business columnist for The Dallas Morning News.  A journalism graduate of SMU, she has covered business for more than 50 years.She has been honored with numerous awards including several Katies from the Press Club of Dallas and a lifetime distinguished achievement award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (now known as the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing).

Molly Ivins (Posthumous) Dallas Times Herald, Fort Worth Star Telegram Molly was a popular newspaper columnist,author, political commentator and humorist. In the 1970s, she joined The Texas Observer and later wrote for the New York Times. She was a columnist for the Dallas Times Herald in the 1980s and then the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Her column was carried by hundreds of newspapers. An acclaimed documentary film about her life, “Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins” was released in 2019.

Verne Lundquist, WFAA-TV, CBS Network
Verne began his sports broadcasting career in Austin for KTBC-TV before serving as sports director and anchor for WFAA-TV in Dallas. He was the radio voice for the Dallas Cowboys for 17 years. Nationally, he worked for ABC, TNT and CBS, covering the NCAA Final Four, the Olympics, NFL and the Masters golf tournament, and he was the lead announcer for SEC football on CBS.  (Will now be attending)

Murphy Martin (Posthumous) WFAA-TV,ABC Network – Murphy was an anchorman at WFAA-TV.He also worked at ABC News and co-anchored ABC radio network coverage of both national political conventions in 1964. His notable work at WFAA included covering attempts to get the North Vietnamese to release American POWs from Dallas. He was known as “The Voice of Texas Stadium” from 1975-1998.

Scott McCartney, AP Dallas, Wall Street Journal  –Scott’s career includes being AP Dallas news editor in charge of Texas coverage in the 1980s, Dallas-based national writer and investigative reporter for the AP. He moved to the Wall Street Journal reporter based in Dallas, and became the long-time author of The Journal’s consumer-oriented “Middle Seat” column on air travel,and a successful book author. Scott recently retired after more than three decades with the WSJ, all in Dallas. Scott’s wife, the late Karen Blumenthal, is also a 2022 Legends inductee.

Laura Miller, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer
Laura was a staff writer for the Miami Herald and The Dallas Morning News, columnist for the New York Daily News and Dallas Times Herald, columnist/investigative reporter for the Dallas Observer, and columnist for D Magazine.  She served as the mayor of Dallas from 2002 to 2007.

Liz Oliphant, APR,Fellow, PRSA
Liz operated a public relations firm, with a very diverse client base, in Dallas for more than 30 years and authored a book on the Ben E. Keith Company. A past president of the Press Club of Dallas and three other professional communications organizations, she has been active with numerous nonprofit organizations including Executive Women of Dallas, Rotary Club of Dallas, and Our Friends Place.

Bob Schieffer, FortWorth Star-Telegram, CBS Network – The first Texas metropolitan newspaper reporter to cover the war in Vietnam, Bob worked at KXOL radio,the Star-Telegram and WBAP-TV before joining CBS News in 1969,where he was a decorated reporter, national news anchor and host of “Face the Nation” during his half-century career.  Bob also reported and anchored for ABCnews.  Bob has written several books about his career in journalism, been inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and named a living legend by the Library of Congress. He is the namesake for TCU’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication. (Will appear by video)

Brett Shipp,WFAA-TV, Spectrum News
Brett was an investigative reporter at WFAA-TV from 1995 to 2017. He received many notable national awards including three Peabody Awards, three duPont awards, and several Edward R. Murrow’s, multiple Emmys, among others. He also worked at FOX 4 prior to WFAA. Brett opened his own media company in 2018, then ran for Congress before returning to his true calling journalism. He’s now an anchor/reporter at Spectrum News.  Brett’s amazing late father, Bert Shipp, is aPress Club Legend.

The event emcee will be Karen Borta.

Tickets are available for purchase  

2022 Legend’s Ticket Prices


Non-members – $45

Press Club Members (dues paid) – $30

2022 Legends – No charge – 3 guests, no charge – more than 3 guests, $30 each

Legends -$30

All Under 18 – no charge

Net proceeds from the event will benefit the mission of the Press Clubo f Dallas, providing scholarships for students to Texas colleges and universities and supporting the operations of the Press Club.

Past Legends include:

2019  Rick Gosselin, Jim Schutze, Karen Borta, Ellen Kampinsky, Eric Nadel, Bill Young, Wes Turner, and Rick Wamre.

2018  Charean Williams, Shaun Rabb, Sam Baker, Jacquielynn Floyd, John Sparks, David Woo, George Getschow, Mercedes Olivera(posthumous), and Marty Haag (posthumous).

2017  Harold Taft (posthumous); Dale Hansen; Byron Harris; John Jenkins; Yolette Garcia; Norm Hitzges; Tom Joyner; Janet St.James; Bill Mack; John Lumpkin; Mike Blackman; Bill DeOre; and Jeffrey Weiss.

2016  Norma Adams-Wade, Fil Alvarado, Sandra Brown, Steve Blow, David Finfrock, Randy Galloway, Jeff Guinn, JoAnn Holt, Sylvia Komatsu, John McCaa, Bob Phillips, Mike Rhyner, and David Webb.

2015  Helen Bryant Anders, B.J. Austin, Sam Blair, Becky Munoz-Diaz, Mollie Finch-Belt, Dan Jenkins, David McHam, Bob Mong, Robert Moore, George Riba, Bob Ray Sanders, Brad Sham, and Clarice Tinsley.

2014  John Anders, Gloria Campos, Iola Johnson, Judy Jordan, John Miller, Scott Murray, Darwin Payne, Walter Robertson, Cissy Stewart, and Bob Welch.

2013 Al Carrell, Lee Cullum, Jimmy Darnell, Troy Dungan, Dottie Griffith, Jim Henderson, Lana Henderson, Suzie Humphries, Will Jarrett, and Bob Porter.

2012  Carolyn Barta, Clarence Bruyere, Bob Compton, Bill Evans, Frank Luksa, Burl Osborne, Rena Pederson, Bob St. John, Joe Laird, Tracy Rowlett, and Karen Hughes.

2011  Hugh Aynesworth, Eddie Barker, Kent Biffle, Alex Burton, Vivian Castleberry, Ron Chapman, Mike Cochran, Jim Ewell, John Gudjohnsen, Bert Holmes, Helen Holmes, Bob Huffaker, Shelly Katz, Ralph Langer,Jimmy Lovell, Phil Magers, Bill Mercer, Bob Miller, Blackie Sherrod, Bert Shipp, Carlton Stowers, Dick Wheeler, Wes Wise, Bobbie Wygant, and Tony Zoppi.A

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