A Creighton University emeritus professor, David A. Haberman, and a current adjunct professor, Ann Pedersen, are among the five journalists to be inducted into the Omaha Press Club Journalists of Excellence Hall of Fame. The event on June 8 honors those who have made notable contributions to Omaha journalism.
Haberman retired in 1995 after teaching journalism for 40 years in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (now Department of Journalism, Media and Computing). He chaired the department 1958-1995 and was a faculty member from 1955-1995 serving as faculty advisor for Creighton?s weekly newspaper. His primary teaching areas were mass communication law and news reporting.
After two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Haberman was a reporter for two years at the Janesville (Wis.) Daily Gazette. He later was employed at the Omaha World-Herald in general news reporting, rewrite and entertainment reporting. Haberman was also a consultant and contributor for The Catholic Voice. He is co-author of the textbook "Public Relations: The Necessary Art" and authored "Mass Communication Law in Nebraska." Haberman served as an Omaha Press Club president and is a founding trustee of the Omaha Press Club Foundation. He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association.
Ann Pedersen, formerly of WOWT, WCCO-TV, is an adjunct professor in the Department of Journalism, Media and Computing. Pedersen is an award-winning journalist with a 30-year career in broadcast news. She graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln School of Journalism. The first female full-time reporter assigned to the WOWT newsroom, she also was the first woman in Omaha to anchor a regularly scheduled weekday newscast. She traded her anchor chair for the WOWT assignment editor's desk and was later promoted to assistant news director. In 1988 she became director of news operations for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, a CBS-owned and operated television station. Her duties included editorial oversight as well as operational duties. She was nominated for a regional Emmy for her work as executive producer of gubernatorial debates in Minnesota in 2000. Pedersen taught broadcast journalism at the University of Minnesota and is now director of public relations for the Lovgren Marketing Group in Omaha.
Members and nonmembers are invited to attend. For dinner reservations or questions, call the club at 402-345-8008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost of the event, which includes hors d'oeuvres and dinner, is $40 per person or $320 for a table of eight.