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 2023 class of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

This year’s inductees have made major, sustained contributions in Michigan journalism. They are:

Journalist and professor Dr. Lucinda D. Davenport, Ph.D.

Lansing community broadcast journalist Sheri Jones

Trailblazing journalist Luise Ruth Mahon Leismer

Multimedia entertainment journalist Jim McFarlin

Editor, recruiter and professor Walter T. Middlebrook Jr.

Longtime Detroit Free Press journalist Patricia Montemurri

The Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame committee induction ceremony will take place at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center on April 23rd.

Congratulations to the 2022 inductees:

  • Robert Ankeny
  • Greg Dorsett
  • Marguerite Gahagan
  • Tim Kiska
  • Beth Konrad

Bronze Sponsor

  • Brandon Lee Spight Memorial Foundation

Charter Co-sponsors

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


  • 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.