The Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame recognizes reporters, editors, publishers, owners, photographers, broadcasters, educators, and others who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. The Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame was established to recognize those who have advanced the legacy of a free and responsible press and who have inspired others to improve the quality of the profession.

It acknowledges the service and dedication of individuals whose distinguished contributions to the profession in their communities, regions or the state have earned them a place in the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. Induction memorializes extraordinary and clearly outstanding careers. From its beginnings in 1952 by the Newspaper Hall of Fame, the Journalism Hall of Fame has continued the tradition of honoring journalists since 1985.

Six outstanding journalists will be inducted into the 2024 class of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame:

Molly Abraham: Detroit News & Detroit Free Press restaurant reviewer, she set the table for Detroit dining

John Bebow: Investigative reporter launched the Center for Michigan and Bridge Michigan

Carolyn Clifford-Goss: WXYZ-TV journalist and anchor, this Detroiter has won 22 Emmys

Eric Freedman: Detroit News Pulitzer winner; directs MSU Knight Center for Environmental Journalism

Jeff Gilbert: Only radio journalist in the United States to cover the auto industry full-time

Larry Lee: Built Gongwer News Service into the authority on Michigan government

The 2024 Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center on April 14th, 2024.

Congratulations to the 2023 inductees:

  • Dr. Lucinda D. Davenport, Ph.D.
  • Sheri Jones
  • Luise Ruth Mahon Leismer
  • Jim McFarlin
  • Walter T. Middlebrook Jr.
  • Patricia Montemurri

Charter Co-sponsors

  • Professional Advisory Council of the Michigan State University School of Journalism
  • School of Journalism, Michigan State University

Platinum Sponsors

  • Hyundai Motor North America

Gold Sponsors

  • Michigan Political History Society

Silver Sponsors

  • Detroit Auto Dealers Association
  • Nissan Group of the Americas


  • Asian American Journalists Association
  • The Association of Women in Communications
  • Detroit Press Club
  • Department of Journalism, Central Michigan University
  • Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
  • Department of Communications, Wayne State University
  • Michigan Association of Broadcasters
  • Michigan Interscholastic Press Association
  • Michigan Press Association Foundation
  • Mid-Michigan Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

If your non-profit journalism organization is interested in being a sponsor,
please call the School of Journalism, MSU 517.353.6430.