Tune in to Georgia Public Broadcasting television or GPB.org on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7 p.m. EST for a special 10th anniversary broadcast of the 2020 Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame Celebration. You can also stream this virtual event live on the Atlanta Press Club Facebook page during our special “watch party.”
Join us for an evening of Atlanta history as we honor 44 legends, leaders, truth-seekers, storytellers, photographers and investigative reporters who made their mark on journalism in Georgia and beyond—including 2020 Hall of Fame Honorees Boyd Lewis, Lee May, Pat Mitchell and Bill Rankin. We’ll also introduce you to future leaders in journalism and media. Don’t miss it!
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When you register to join the Watch Party, we will send you the official event invitation and program, plus reminders and links to watch the show, including the Facebook livestream and chat on November 19 at 7 p.m. EST. Also, you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a gourmet holiday gift basket.
Click here at 7 p.m. on November 19 to watch the 2020 Hall of Fame live stream on our Facebook Page.
Click here at 7 p.m. on November 19 to watch the 2020 Hall of Fame live stream on GPB.org.
Learn more about our 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees:
Boyd Henry Lewis, Jr. is a photographer, teacher and former journalist who worked with black-owned newspapers in Atlanta. Lewis was hired by the Atlanta Voice, a black-owned weekly newspaper, in 1969 and in 1973 by the Atlanta Inquirer, where he covered Mayor Maynard Jackson and the election of civil rights leader Andrew Young to Congress. Lewis later became a reporter and wrote, produced and hosted “Southwind” a program featuring news, interviews and events in Atlanta.
Lee May, who died in 2014, was a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He won the National Conference of Christians and Jews’ Gold Medal Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Grand Prize. In addition to writing the book Gardening Life, Lee May also authored My Father’s Garden. May wrote for The Los Angeles Times and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 25 years, as well as Southern Living and US Airways’ in-flight magazine – Attaché, as well as numerous home and garden publications.
Pat Mitchell holds the distinction of being the first woman president of PBS and of CNN productions. She is also a visionary, award-winning TV and film producer. She serves as the editorial director of TED Women, chair of the Sundance and the Women’s Media Center boards and a trustee of the VDAY movement, the Skoll Foundation and the Acumen Fund. She is an advisor to Participant Media and served as a congressional appointment to The American Museum of Women’s History Advisory Council. She is the author of the 2019 book, Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World.
Bill Rankin is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s legal affairs reporter and has worked for the paper for more than 30 years. Since 2015, he has been the host and narrator of the AJC’s “Breakdown” podcast. He has covered trials such as Atlanta lawyer Fred Tokars, NFL star Ray Lewis, the Gold Club and Justin Ross Harris. Bill has also exposed inequities and breakdowns in Georgia’s indigent defense system, its administration of the death penalty and its civil and criminal justice systems. Bill is the son of Jim Rankin, who worked as an editor for the newspaper for 26 years before retiring in 1986.
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