Seven media and communications professionals will be inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame this year.

The Virginia Communications Hall of Fame Advisory Committee has selected the following seven people as Hall of Fame inductees for 2018:

  • Joseph Cortina, a Virginia Commonwealth University alumnus who went on to be a founding partner of Cortina Productions. Cortina has won five National Emmy Awards;
  • Pamela El, also a VCU alum, is the chief marketing officer for the NBA, responsible for the league’s global marketing, and also that of the WNBA and the G-League;
  • Jane Gardner, a former medical reporter and television anchor in Hampton Roads for NewsChannel 3;
  • Gene Herrick, a former Associated Press photographer famous for his photos of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks;
  • Bernie Niemeier, a former manager for Richmond Newspapers who went on to be the president and publisher of Virginia Business Magazine;
  • Jesse Vaughan, a film director from Richmond who is a 27-time Emmy Award winner; and
  • Dwayne Yancey, the editorial page editor for The Roanoke Times who previously served as a reporter and editor in the newsroom.

The seven honorees will be inducted at the Altria Theater on March 29.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Hall of Fame. Previous classes have included a number of current and former journalists from the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Richmond News Leader, including:

  • Mike Allen, reporter, Times-Dispatch;
  • Bob Brown, senior photographer, Times-Dispatch;
  • D. Tennant Bryan, publisher, Times-Dispatch and News Leader;
  • J. Stewart Bryan III, publisher, Times-Dispatch and News Leader;
  • Virginius Dabney, editor, Times-Dispatch;
  • John F. Daffron, reporter, Times-Dispatch;
  • Douglas Southall Freeman, editor, News Leader;
  • Guy Friddell, columnist, News Leader;
  • Alf Goodykoontz, executive editor, Times-Dispatch and News Leader;
  • Michael Hardy, reporter, Times-Dispatch;
  • Bob Jones Jr., photographer, Times-Dispatch and News Leader;
  • Overton Jones, journalist, Times-Dispatch;
  • James J. Kilpatrick, syndicated columnist, News Leader;
  • James H. Latimer, reporter, Times-Dispatch;
  • John Leard, executive editor, Times-Dispatch and News Leader;
  • Jeffrey K. MacNelly, cartoonist, News Leader;
  • Charles McDowell, columnist, Times-Dispatch;
  • Bill McKelway, reporter, Times-Dispatch;
  • William H. Millsaps Jr., sports editor and executive editor, Times-Dispatch;
  • Roger Mudd, reporter, News Leader;
  • Joseph E. Nettles, reporter, Times-Dispatch;
  • R. Beverly Orndorff, science reporter, Times-Dispatch;
  • Jeff E. Schapiro, political columnist, Times-Dispatch;
  • Louise Seals, managing editor, Times-Dispatch;
  • Thomas A. Silvestri, publisher, Times-Dispatch;
  • Ken Tomlinson, reporter, Times-Dispatch;
  • Tyler Whitley, reporter, Times-Dispatch; and
  • Graham Woodlief, executive, Times-Dispatch.

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Justin Mattingly covers K-12 schools and higher education. A northern New York native and a Syracuse University alumnus, he's worked at the RTD since 2017. You can follow him on Twitter at @jmattingly306.

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