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40th Annual Professional Recognition Awards and Scholarship Dinner

May 5, 2018, 6 PM cocktails, 7 PM dinner

at Genesee Grande, 1060 East Genesee St, Syracuse

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Joe Galuski, WSYR Radio host, Dies
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Thursday, 14 May 2015 11:25
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- CNY broadcasting legend Joe Galuski, who had been battling Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, passed away Thursday morning. Anchor Don Lark, clearly upset, broke the news to listeners during the morning newscast. Galuski had previously dealt with the disease in 1992. He had been off the air since last September, with Main Wainwright and George Kilpatrick filling in as guest hosts. His family said he had gone through seven rounds of chemotherapy and was most recently living in hospice care. The cancer was deemed "untreatable by conventional methods" according to the family's GoFundMe account, which had been set up to help raise funds to pay medical bills.
Joe has been in the business since 1975 and has hosted 570's morning show since 1998. The Press Club sends its thoughts and prayers to the Galuski family.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:12 )
SPC Announces Award Winners
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 12:38


Syracuse Press Club honors Lazarus, more than 125 other journalists, at awards banquet



SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- WSYR-TV anchor Carrie Lazarus was inducted tonight onto the Syracuse Press Club’s Wall of Distinction and more than 125 other Central New York journalists were honored at the club’s annual awards banquet.

Lazarus was the only journalist inducted this year onto the Wall, a permanent exhibit honoring the top journalists in the region, said press club President Josh Cradduck.

The Wall hangs in the theater lobby at the Onondaga County's John H. Mulroy Civic Center. Induction onto the wall is the highest honor bestowed by the club. About 70 journalists have been inducted.

At the awards banquet at Drumlin’s Country Club, special club awards were given to several other journalists: 

Former / The Post-Standard photojournalist Michelle Gabel was awarded the Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award.

Julie McMahon, a reporter at / The Post-Standard, and Rachel Polansky, a reporter at WSYR-TV, were each named winners of the A. Brohmann Roth Newcomer Award, given to journalists with less than three years of professional experience.

Dennis Connors, curator of history at the Onondaga Historical Association, received the Philip A. Hofmann President’s Award for Best News Source.

More than 150 people attended the annual event that honors winners in the club’s annual Professional Recognition Awards contest for print, radio, TV, online and college student journalists. A full list of the winners is attached.

Two journalists from Central New York were the hosts at the dinner. Award-winning television correspondent Dawn Fratangelo, who is from Savannah, and Fox Sports NASCAR producer Mark R. "Smitty" Smith, of Baldwinsville, served as emcees.

They are the first two journalists the club has asked to return to Syracuse as part of a new initiative called SyracusePRODUCES. The initiative hopes to recognize talented journalists who have emerged from the Central New York area and connect them with current journalists in the area. 

NewsChannel 9 Names News Director
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Saturday, 14 February 2015 20:33

Congratulations to Phil Rankin, who this week was promoted to news director at NewsChannel 9 in Syracuse. He was most recently the interim news director, serving as a result of Rob Cartwright's departure.

Before that, Phil was the Digital Media Director, overseeing the website, mobile apps and social media accounts.

He is a graduate on SUNY Oswego. 

SPC Winter Social
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:07


Tonight you're invited to join the Syracuse Press Club at a social gathering at the new Clark's Ale House (Salina and Washington Streets) at 7 p.m. Retiring CNY Central investigative reporter Jim Kenyon will be our special guest.

Raise your mug and toast Jim, hang out with colleagues, share a few war stories and party like a journalist! We hope to see you there.

Jim Kenyon to Retire After Nearly 40 Years
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:29


Long-time CNY Central investigative reporter Jim Kenyon will be retiring from television news after nearly 40 years in the business. Kenyon’s last day reporting on the air will be Tuesday, December 23rd. Jim has been honored by the U.S. Justice Department, Associated Press, New York State Broadcaster’s Association and Syracuse Press Club. 



The Syracuse Press Club would like to extend it's congratulations to Jim on a very successful career in local television news and offer him our best wishes in his retirement.

The following news release was issued this afternoon by CNY Central. 


CNY Central Announces Jim Kenyon to Retire

(Syracuse, NY) – December 2nd, 2014 - CNY Central announces investigative reporter Jim Kenyon will retire this month after 38 years with WSTM. In his time at WSTM and CNY Central, Kenyon has made his mark on Central New York by uncovering corruption, fraud and wrongdoing at every level. He has also been front and center during the biggest stories in our area over the last four decades.

Kenyon became a member of the WSTM news team in 1976. Before that he served as a reporter in Columbus, OH. He started his television career in 1970 at WSYR, then known as WNYS. Kenyon grew up in Syracuse, graduating from Henninger High School before going on to SUNY Morrisville.


Kenyon has been honored with dozens of awards on the local, state and national level. In 1992 he received a national award from Investigative Reporters and Editors for an investigation into fraud among local trash haulers. It resulted in the prosecution and imprisonment of six executives and 40 county employees pleading guilty to bribery charges. He’s also been honored by the U.S. Justice Department, Associated Press, New York State Broadcaster’s Association and Syracuse Press Club.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:34 )
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"Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen."
Warren E Burger, Chief Justice, US Supreme Court
Majority opinion in 7-1 ruling that prohibited the closing of courtrooms to the press, 2 Jul 80

Wall of Distinction

Laura Hand Wright


Laura Hand is probably best-known as the news anchor on WSTM-TV's "Action News at Noon," but she has many other jobs at the station -- and has taken on many roles in community organizations as well.
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