East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists

February 21, 2008

Ron McMahan, in memoriam

Filed under: Blogroll — etspj @ 8:34 pm

Many members of ETSPJ remember former Knoxville Journal Editor Ron McMahan with warm feelings and respect.  He passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2008, in Naples, Florida, where he had retired.  In his memory, the chapter’s board of directors has approved the donation of $100 to the Ronald D. McMahan Journalism Scholarship Fund at the University of Tennessee.

McMahan was a staunch journalist (although he wore several other hats during his long career), making him a natural choice for ETSPJ’s highest honor of awarding our journalism and broadcasting scholarships in his name at the Front Page Follies in 2001.

As arch competitor, former News Sentinel editor Harry Moskos said (quoted in the News Sentinel February 20, 2008), “Ron’s death certainly closes a brilliant chapter in Knoxville’s journalistic history.  Although we were competitors, there certainly was respect for his vigorous leadership at the Journal and for the role his newspaper played in the development of our community.  May his memory be eternal.”  Well said.

~Jean Ash, ETSPJ First VP for Front Page Follies and Communications Coordinator


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