The Hall of Fame is an annual event that recognizes journalists for their lifetime achievements, whose careers represent the highest standards of journalistic integrity and ethics. They have made outstanding contributions either to journalism in Georgia, and/or the Atlanta Press Club, often courageously overcoming obstacles to pursue and find the truth that the public needs to know.
On November 5, 2015, the following people were inducted into the fifth Hall of Fame class:
- Charlayne Hunter-Gault – Internationally renowned journalist who grew up in Atlanta, and who changed history at UGA and in Georgia and went on to cover the nation and the world for some of the most respected print and broadcast new organizations, documenting and changing history.
Hank Klibanoff – Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of The Race Beat, reporter and editor for more than 35 years, and former managing editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who also taught, trained and mentored next-generation journalists.
Denis O’Hayer – Atlanta journalist since the 1970s with WGST, WXIA, PBA and WABE has earned the respect and admiration of colleagues, competitors and those on the receiving end of his thorough, tough and fair questions.
Dick Pettys (1945 – 2012) – Associated Press reporter for 35 years, who died in 2012. His prolific, insightful and watchdog reporting as the AP’s State Capitol Bureau Chief in Atlanta consistently broke news and set the standard for fearless excellence, providing a public service unmatched in journalism.