MPA announces 2016 Hall of Fame inductees

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Four newspaper people, including a former executive director of the Missouri Press Association, will be inducted in September into MPA’s Newspaper Hall of Fame.

The induction reception and banquet are scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, during the 150th annual Convention of the Missouri Press Association at Chateau on the Lake in Branson. This will be the 26th group to be inducted into the Newspaper Hall of Fame, which was established by MPA in 1991.

This year’s inductees are the late A. Edward Heins, a former general manager of the Columbia Missourian and School of Journalism professor; Tad Bartimus, a former journalist for The Associated Press who reported from all over the globe and AP’s first female bureau chief; James Hamilton, a former southwest Missouri editor, columnist and book author; and Doug Crews, who worked for Missouri Press Association for 36 years, including more than 25 as its executive director.

Hall of Fame inductees or their families receive Pinnacle Awards in honor of the inductees’ service to the Missouri newspaper industry and their communities. Inductees’ plaques will join the permanent display of inductees in the MPA office in Columbia and in the student lounge in Lee Hills Hall at the Missouri School of Journalism.

For more information or pictures of the inductees, contact MPA Editor Matthew Barba at mbarba@socket.net.

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