East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists

Past Honorees

The Front Page Follies scholarships are awarded in the name of an East Tennessee journalist, journalism supporter, or entity that has shown exceptional achievement in journalism excellence.  These are the honorees for the 29 years of the Follies’ existence.  While some have now passed away, we remember and honor all of them still.

(Many thanks to Charlie Daniel for his thoughtful and humorous cartoons which have graced the FPF invitations and cast tee shirts each year.)

Tom Siler, Knoxville News Sentinel sports editor

Escar Thompson, Associated Press, Knoxville bureau chief

Horace V. Wells Jr., editor & publisher, Clinton Courier-News

Glenn McNeil, executive director, Tennessee Press Association

Charlie Daniel, editorial cartoonist, Knoxville News Sentinel

Carson Brewer, columnist, Knoxville News Sentinel

Alex Haley, author of Roots and other works, resident of East Tennessee until his death

Carl Williams, news anchor, WBIR-TV

Tom Hill, publisher, The Oak Ridger

Kelly Leiter, professor and dean, University of Tennessee

Sammie Lynn Puett, professor and vice president, University of Tennessee

Wilma Dykeman, columnist, Knoxville News Sentinel

Carl Vines, Knoxville bureau chief, United Press International

Ben Byrd, sports editor, Knoxville Journal

Harry Moskos, editor, Knoxville News Sentinel

Heartland Series creators, WBIR-TV

Georgiana Vines, columnist and associate editor, Knoxville News Sentinel

Bob Gray, news reporter, WATE-TV

Richard Smyser, editor, The Oak Ridger

Bill Williams, news anchor, WBIR-TV

Jack Kirkland, chief photographer, Knoxville News Sentinel

Bobby Denton, WIVK-FM radio personality and general manager

Ron McMahan, editor, Knoxville Journal

Jim Crook, professor and director, UT School of Journalism, “Father” of the Front Page Follies

Sam Venable, columnist, Knoxville News Sentinel

Jackie Brown, news writer, Knoxville News Sentinel

Tutt Bradford, publisher, Maryville Daily Times

Tom Chester, managing editor, Knoxville News Sentinel

David Haley Lauver, songwriter, speechwriter and humorist, chief writer of the Front Page Follies since its inception

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