2016 Hall of Fame: Judy Woodruff Tribute Video

On November 29, 2016, the following people were inducted into the sixth Hall of Fame class:

  • Budd McEntee is Atlanta television’s longest-serving news director who upheld the highest standards of ground-breaking news coverage and helped build WAGA-TV into one of the nation’s largest, most powerful and respected news organizations.

  • Eugene Patterson (1923 – 2013) was a reporter, editor and columnist with the Atlanta Constitution whose passion for journalism as a force for good and whose courageous voice during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s helped change the South and the nation.

  • John Smith, Sr., publisher and CEO of The Atlanta Inquirer, honored along with the founders of The Atlanta Inquirer, gave a voice to the young people of Atlanta who were daring to advance the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

  • Judy Woodruff is the internationally acclaimed co-anchor and managing editor of PBS Newshour.


View Judy Woodruff’s tribute video below:


Click here to view the 2016 Hall of Fame tribute videos for Budd McEntee, Eugene Patterson and John Smith, Sr.

VIDEO: Watch Our Discussion on Race and the Media

How Can Media Give A Voice to the Voiceless? Affecting Racial Equality and Understanding Through Journalism



Hank Klibanoff, Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of The Race Beat, project managing editor of the Civil Rights Cold Case Project and professor of journalism at Emory University
Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy, Chair, Department of English, Kennesaw State University
Teddy Reese, Director of Community Operations and Affairs, Georgia Appleseed
Ernie Suggs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Reporter
Nick Valencia
, CNN Correspondent 

Moderator:Blayne Alexander, WXIA


Legislative Preview: How Will a Trump Presidency Affect Georgia?

Join the Atlanta Press Club for a discussion on what we can expect during Georgia’s 2017 legislative session. We’ll discuss potential changes to healthcare, education and transportation. We’ll also talk about how the new state amendments may affect the region and potential access and transparency issues journalists may face.


Thomas Clyde
, Georgia First Amendment Foundation attorney
Maureen Downey
, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Maggie Lee, Creative Loafing and the Macon Telegraph
Andy Miller
, Georgia Health News 

Tuesday, December 6

Registration – 6 p.m.
Discussion and Q&A – 6:30-8:15 p.m.

The Commerce Club
191 Peachtree Street
49th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303

Dress code at the Commerce Club is business attire.

The ticket does not include parking. Parking is available in the 191 Building parking deck with entrances on Ellis Street and Peachtree Center Avenue. Discounted parking vouchers for this deck will be available for $5 at the event. Guests must bring the ticket they receive upon entering the deck to receive a discount. The Peachtree Center MARTA station is also very convenient.


This event is free for members and $15 for nonmembers. Please RSVP here. You may also RSVP by calling 404-577-7377 or emailing info@atlpressclub.org.

APC After Deadline: Holiday Happy Hour

Join fellow journalists for a special APC holiday mixer at Taco Mac in Buckhead. Enjoy appetizers and good cheer. Sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club, the Asian American Journalists Association and the Georgia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.


Tuesday, December 13
6:30 to 9 p.m.


Taco Mac
Lindbergh City Center
573 Main St NE
Atlanta, GA 30324


This event is free with a cash bar and appetizers provided. Please R.S.V.P. online so we have an idea of how many to expect. For questions, call 404-577-7377.