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Omaha Press Club Inducts Hall of Fame

Omaha Press Club Inducts Hall of Fame

Six journalists will be inducted into the Omaha Press Club Journalists of Excellence Hall of Fame on June 6. The honorees, including three who have ties to Creighton University, were selected from nominations based on their exceptional leadership, courage and contributions to the news media industry.

Those with ties to Creighton include:

Harold W. Andersen: Following a career as a reporter and correspondent, Andersen worked his way up from assistant to managing editor and retired as CEO and publisher of the Omaha World-Herald. Andersen was the first American to hold the position of president of the International Federation of Newspaper Publishers and the only Nebraskan to become chairman and president of the American Newspaper Publishers Association. A 1986 graduate of Creighton’s School of Law, he also served on the University’s Board of Directors for many years.

James M. McGaffin Jr. (1921-1985): McGaffin started his own newspaper in 1933 at the age of 12 and became a leader in local journalism. He joined WOW radio in 1941 and later became news director for WOW-TV. He served as a lecturer in the Journalism Department at Creighton from 1952 to 1957. He was also the recipient of Creighton's Professional Journalism Achievement Award in 1968 for leadership in drawing news guidelines for covering civil disorders. The honor will be given posthumously.

Jack Payne: Three-time Nebraska Sportscaster of the Year, Payne was sports director for WOW radio, WOW-TV and KFAB. He was also the play-by-play announcer for Creighton University basketball as well as Husker football. He is an honorary member of CUHLA (Creighton University Honorary Lettermen's Association).

Others being honored include Howard Silber, John Clark and Mark O. Gautier Jr.

The event is open to the public and cost is $35 per person. For reservations, call 345-8008.

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