Five marquee names from New Jersey media history will be the first to grace the state’s new Journalism Hall of Fame, to be housed at William Paterson University in Wayne. The initial class—chosen by past and current leaders of the state chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)—includes journalists Jonathan Alter, John McPhee and Anna Quindlen, as well as the late Gabe Pressman and Edith Schapiro.
The Montclair-based Alter is an author, former Newsweek columnist and co-director of the recent HBO documentary, “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists.” Princeton resident McPhee is an author, Princeton University journalism professor and writer for the New Yorker. Quindlen, a native of South Brunswick, is also an author and a former Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times. Alter and McPhee both have written articles for New Jersey Monthly.
Pressman, a longtime WNBC-TV reporter, launched his career at the Newark Evening News. Schapiro, who worked on the first CBS Evening News broadcasts, was the first female editor of the Newark Evening News, and served as president of the New Jersey Press Women organization.
William Paterson’s SPJ chapter will host the public induction, 6:30 pm on April 18 in Hobart Hall, which houses the school’s communication department. A plaque with the names of the inaugural inductees will be displayed year-round at Hobart Hall.
The inductees were nominated by a panel of former New Jersey SPJ presidents and approved by the NJSPJ board.