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Former Creighton Jesuit Inducted in Press Club Hall of Fame

Former Creighton Jesuit Inducted in Press Club Hall of Fame

The Rev. Roswell Williams, S.J., broadcast pioneer and journalism professor, will be inducted posthumously into the Omaha Press Club Journalists of Excellence Hall of Fame on May 29 at a dinner at the Joslyn Castle. Thirteen people were selected to receive the award which honors individuals who have made notable contributions to broadcast, print or new media journalism.

Known as Creighton University’s “television priest,” Father Williams helped get television get started in Nebraska. He trained the first WOW-TV technical staff using Creighton’s auditorium as a rehearsal studio and began educational programs on the station in 1949. Over 15 years, he produced and directed hundreds of television programs. He originated the concept of closed-circuit TV for classrooms and oversaw one of the first televised surgical operations. Williams also established Creighton’s radio station KOCU. He was director of the Creighton Department of Journalism from 1948 to 1956 and was director of communications arts until his 1973 retirement. Among the students he influenced were journalists Steve Murphy, former WOWT news director and Walt Kavanaugh, of KFAB. Fr. Williams passed away in 1976.

The May 29 dinner, which is open to the public, will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception. Cost is $30 for Press Club members and $40 for non members. Call (402) 345-8008 for reservations.