A legendary sports columnist, a State House reporter, a top newsroom executive and a staff of Pulitzer Prize finalists will be inducted Wednesday into The State/Record Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame, established in 2013, honors those journalists whose stories and images from The State and The Columbia Record have made an indelible stamp on South Carolina and the nation.
“The rich history of South Carolina and The State have been intertwined for more than a century,” said Sara Johnson Borton, president and publisher of The State Media Co.
“It’s important, we believe, to take a moment and remember the work of outstanding journalists who have chronicled that history with care and dedication. The State/Record Hall of Fame awards were established to remind us all of the important journalism that has helped shape a community and a state.
“This year’s recipients embody the spirit, vigilance and public-minded service that never go out of fashion,” she said. “We are proud to have the opportunity to acknowledge their outstanding contribution.”
The inductees will be honored Wednesday during a reception at The State Media Co., in conjunction with the annual Hampton-Gonzales awards. The Hampton-Gonzales awards affirm the best of work in The State newsroom in the previous year, a process that involves nominations by newsroom colleagues.
Inductees into the Hall of Fame were suggested by an advisory committee of The State newspaper and The Columbia Record alumni, and nominated and selected by a committee of current newsroom staffers.
The Columbia Record, the capital city’s afternoon newspaper, was closed in 1988 after 91 years of operation. The Record, with a circulation of about 30,000, was The State’s sister newspaper and was closed after Knight-Ridder Co. purchased the newspaper company founded by the Gonzales brothers.
The State Media Co., parent to The State newspaper, has a history stretching more than 120 years. The company also produces thestate.com website, Lake Murray and Columbia Northeast magazines, GoGamecocks.com and GoGamecocks The Magazine, and other digital and print products and services.
This years inductees are: