BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Walt Bogdanich and former Associated Press overseas bureau chief Earleen Fisher are among six people being inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.
The other inductees announced Tuesday are James Alexander Thom, an Owen County native best known for his 10 historical fiction novels; Ruth Chin, a pioneering Chinese-American photojournalist from Muncie; the late Lillian Thomas Fox, regarded as the first African-American writer for a white newspaper in the state; and Jim Hetherington, a journalist at WFBM-TV of Indianapolis, which is now WRTV, and book author.
All six will be inducted during an April 26 ceremony at Indiana University’s Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington.
Bogdanich, who grew up in Gary, Ind., and graduated from Wallace High School, has won three Pulitzer Prizes for his investigative journalism. He is now a member The New York Times’ investigations desk after previously working as an investigative producer for “60 Minutes” and ABC News and as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal.
Fisher grew up in the northern Indiana town of Milford and was a reporter, editor and overseas bureau chief during more than 30 years with The Associated Press. Fisher joined the AP soon after graduating from Indiana University in 1968. Her career included reporting stops in Egypt, Lebanon and Israel before becoming the AP’s bureau chief in New Delhi and later chief of Middle East Services.
Thom, a 1961 graduate of Butler University, started his career as a reporter and editor at The Indianapolis Star and wrote for other newspapers and magazines before turning to book writing full time. Several of his books focus on Native American culture, and the Shawnee nation has made him a full member because of the accuracy of his portrayals.
Chin began her photography career in 1946, at her hometown Muncie Star at a time when few newspapers had female staff photographers. Her work included freelance photography for numerous publications and writing a weekly photography column for the Muncie newspaper for more than 30 years.
Fox was a correspondent for the Freeman, a nationally prominent black newspaper, and a civic leader in Indianapolis before writing columns and feature stories in from 1900 to 1914 about the activities of black Hoosiers for The Indianapolis News. She died in 1917.
Hetherington, an Indiana University graduate, was an editor and writer at the Louisville Times and the Indianapolis Times. He moved to broadcast journalism in 1963 at WFBM-TV, where he wrote and produced documentaries and daily editorials. He won several national awards for his reporting, which included the civil rights movement and the racial integration of schools.
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