Reporter and newspaper owner Ann Allen, columnist Dale Moss, Pulitzer winner Ken Armstrong and writer/editor Eunice Trotter will be honored in the ceremony May 20 at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis.
Meet the 2017 inductees:
The late Ann Allen captured the essence of the Akron community for the Rochester Sentinel through her column, Fleeting Moments, according to her nominators. Lauded for her ability to report stories of people from all backgrounds, including war veterans, immigrants or “the guy who collected cereal box prizes,” Allen also was intrepid. She once confronted a white supremacist promoting his beliefs to Tippecanoe Valley High School students.
Ken Armstrong shared the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism for his work with The Marshall Project, which reports on criminal justice issues, and the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for his work at The Seattle Times. He was a finalist for the 2007 award for investigative reporting. Raised in Carmel, Armstrong is a Purdue University graduate who spent 11 years at The Seattle Times before joining the Marshall Project. He was a 2001 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and, in 2002, was the McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton University.
Dale Moss worked as a reporter, editor and columnist for the (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal after he graduated from Indiana University in 1975 until he retired in 2012. Through his column, Sunny Side of Louisville, Moss made readers think, sometimes shaking them outside their comfort zones, said his nominators. Moss lives near the Ohio River in a house built by his great-great-grandparents during the Civil War.
Eunice Trotter’s passion for journalism began when she was a teen columnist for the Indianapolis Recorder, a position that led her through a series of firsts as she crossed the country working for a number of newspapers. She was the first African-American to serve as an editor at the Indianapolis Star, became owner-editor at the recorder, then worked for newspapers in California, New York and Florida. She returned to Indiana as enterprise editor, then assistant business editor at The Star She now is a communications specialist for American Senior Communities and is a member of the board of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.
The inductees join more than 250 innovative journalists who have been honored since the Hall of Fame began in 1966.
In addition to inductees, the hall of fame will award the Distinguished Service Award to
Dan Byron, an attorney who has championed the First Amendment and press freedom during his long career. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Law, Byron has defended the First Amendment and journalists throughout his career, including working with the International Senior Lawyers Project to end repercussions against journalists in Ghana and Mongolia, and representing journalists pro bono with the Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He is president of the Indiana Debate Commission, serves on the boards of several media advocacy organizations and is general counsel for the Indiana Broadcasters Association.
Established in 1966, the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame honors media professionals with Indiana ties in its annual induction ceremony. It is a partner of the Indiana University Media School, which houses the hall of fame’s archives and materials.
The 52nd annual luncheon is again sponsored by American Senior Communities.
Attend the luncheon:
The luncheon begins with a 10:30 a.m. reception May 20 at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis, followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. and program at 12:30 p.m.
Tickets are $50 each, $25 children 12 and younger. Contact Lawrence Taylor, IJHF@indiana.edu, to request an invitation. Deadline to purchase tickets is May 10.