Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006
RICHMOND, Va. (Jan.
17, 2006) – A bestselling novelist, a trailblazing reporter, a venerable
public affairs strategist and a distinguished editorial writer have been
selected for induction into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame
Selection Committee tapped David Baldacci, Helen Dewar, Eva Teig Hardy
and Overton Jones to form the Hall of Fame’s 19th class of inductees.
The new honorees swell the Hall of Fame’s ranks to 98 individuals
representing a complete range of communications fields.
journalism, education, advertising and public relations will gather on
April 6 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond for the induction ceremony
and dinner, hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Mass
has published 12 novels and written seven original screenplays.
Baldacci’s books have been translated into 37 languages and sold in more
than 80 countries. Baldacci’s novels “Saving Faith” and “Last Man
Standing” each reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and
his novel’s awards include the W.H. Smith Thumping Good Read award, the
Gold Medal for Best Mystery/Thriller from the Southern Writers’ Guild
and People magazine’s “Page Turner of the Week.” Baldacci’s charitable
work has included literacy causes, such as the Barbara Bush Foundation
for Family Literacy.
Helen Dewar, a
retired journalist, was a pioneering reporter with the Northern Virginia
Sun and The Washington Post. Dewar was one of the first women to cover
Virginia state politics, mastering the beat for the Post in the 1960s
and 1970s. She later covered national politics for the Post until her
retirement in January 2004. Dewar, who worked at the Post for 43 years,
won the Eugene Mayer Award in 1987 as one of the newspaper’s top
employees. Katherine Graham, the late publisher of the Post, called
Dewar “a wonderful inspiration for all of us to live up to.”
Eva Teig Hardy,
senior vice president for external affairs and corporate communications
at Dominion Resources Services, Inc., has extensive experience in both
public service and private industry. Among Hardy’s previous honors was
the Thomas Jefferson Award from the Richmond Chapter of the Public
Relations Society of America. Hardy’s work at Dominion and its
subsidiary, Virginia Power, has included strategies for a high-profile
merger and for the company’s public approach to restructuring. Hardy
also served as Virginia’s Commissioner of Labor and Industry and as
Secretary of Health and Human Resources.
worked for 55 years as a reporter, editorial writer and associate editor
at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, gaining widespread respect for his
fair-minded take on topics. Jones, “a quiet man of integrity,” according
to former Times-Dispatch editor Bill Millsaps, won countless first-place
awards from the Virginia Press Association during his lengthy stint on
the paper’s editorial staff. In addition to his opinion pieces, Jones
reported on civil rights issues for Southern School News from 1954-1966,
providing comprehensive news about the state’s schools in the wake of
the Supreme Court’s school integration decision.
“We are pleased to
recognize these outstanding individuals for their many inspirational
accomplishments,” said Judy VanSlyke Turk, Ph.D., director of VCU’s
School of Mass Communications. “Each member of this class has excelled
in his or her chosen field, and they are worthy additions to the
Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.”
The evening will
begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards
ceremony. Tickets are $125 each and can be reserved by calling (804)
827-3761. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Hall of Fame
permanent exhibit and scholarship fund.
About VCU and VCU Medical Center
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 226 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-seven of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see www.vcu.edu.