Journalists Honored at University of Oregon

By: E&P Staff

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EUGENE, Ore. – Robert K. Elder, a Chicago-based author, and the late Wes Sullivan, who was an editor and columnist in Oregon for more than 50 years, will be inducted into the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication’s (SOJC) Hall of Achievement during an awards ceremony to be held at the Eugene County Club, 255 Country Club Road, Eugene, today at 6 p.m.

Elder is a 2000 graduate of the SOJC and the author or editor of many books, including most recently, “Last Words of The Executed” (with forward by Studs Terkel, University Of Chicago Press: May 2010). He spent more than eight years as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune and has also published his work in several major metropolitan daily newspapers. His book “John Woo: Interviews” (University Press of Mississippi: 2005) was the first English-language oral history of the renowned filmmaker. Since leaving the Tribune in 2009, Elder has founded the Web 2.0 company Odd Hours Media LCC and was recently recruited by AOL as a regional editor in charge of building and running hyper-local news sites for Patch.com. He will receive the SOJC’s Eric Allen Award for alumni under 40.

Sullivan, a 1943 graduate of the SOJC, worked for the Statesman Journal (formerly the Oregon Statesman) in Salem, Ore., for 56 years, rising through the ranks to become associate editor in 1968, editor in 1975 and then chairman of the editorial board in 1980. A 1989 inductee into the Oregon Newspaper Hall of Fame, Sullivan earned multiple awards throughout his career, including the ONPA President’s Plaque for Outstanding Oregon Newsman (1961), the Oregon Journalism Roll of Honor (1987) and the Gov. Thomas McCall Freedom of Information Award (1989).

The Hall of Achievement began in 1998 as a way to celebrate the history of the school and to better connect students with that history. Since the Hall of Achievement’s inception, more than 60 alumni and faculty have been inducted.

To learn more about this year’s inductees and the SOJC Hall of Achievement, visit http://bit.ly/b4YSj9.

About the School of Journalism and Communication
The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) fosters the development of outstanding journalists by emphasizing ethics, social responsibility and public interest. The program combines professional practice with a broad-based liberal arts education and has given rise to nine Pulitzer Prize winners. The SOJC’s undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students to be leaders in journalism and communication by exposing them to hundreds of industry professionals a year, internship and networking opportunities, and involvement in award-winning publications and organizations.

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