|2010 Wall of Distinction Honorees|
The Syracuse Press Club bestowed its most prestigious award Thursday night to five outstanding Central New York journalists. In a dinner held at Drumlins in Syracuse the club installed the five to its Wall of Distinction.
The honorees are:
The Wall of Distinction is in the theater lobby of the John H. Mulroy Civic Center in downtown Syracuse. Matt Mulcahy of WSTM-TV.CNYcentral served as the MC for the evening. Former WSTM anchor and now CBS News weekend anchor Jeff Glor was the keynote speaker.
Robert AtkinsonLike many in our community, Robert Atkinson began his career in journalism by attending Syracuse University. After six years in the U.S. Navy, where he began his career as a journalist, he returned to Syracuse to get a job with The Post-Standard. He began his forty year career at the paper with a posting as bureau correspondent in Saranac Lake in 1954. He spent time as the Watertown Bureau reporter before making it as a reporter on he city desk. By 1965 he had moved up through the ranks to become Managing Editor, overseeing the paper's entire news operation. In 1981 Atkinson was named Executive Editor, overseeing the paper's news operation and its editorial voice.
While Atkinson was at the helm of the paper it was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for a series of reports in 1992 on how poor medical care in New York's prisons made them the deadliest in the nation.
Atkinson also showed editorial courage in a community in love with Syracuse basketball when a series of articles titled "Out of Bounds" revealed NCAA violations in basketball recruiting. The series resulted in sanctions against the basketball team.
He retired in 1993.
Janis Barth Managing Editor Local News, The Post-Standard
Janis Barth began her career in journalism in radio working as a reporter in the North Country. She later switched to print as a part-time North Country reporter for the Syracuse Newspapers in 1978. By 1990 Barth joined the main newsroom in
John Krauss-General Manager WRVO-FM (Retired)
John Krauss is one of the rare people in broadcasting today who has spent more than forty years at one station, and the listeners of WRVO-FM are he better for it. Krauss joined WRVO when it signed on the air as a 10 watt educational radio station on the campus of SUNY Oswego. As the station grew in size and power, Krauss worked in all facets of station operations becoming its first news director and also served as morning host.
Ron Lombard-General Manager Your News Now
Your News Now, (originally News 10 Now) is an ambitious endeavor by Time Warner Cable to deliver 24 hour news across New York State. Ron Lombard was selected by Time Warner to handle the tremendous job of putting this operation together from scratch; hiring the staff, supervising the build out of studio and newsroom facilities, and training a young staff to make it all happen. The Syracuse operation he oversees covers news stories from Binghamton to Watertown and from Utica to Auburn providing viewers with local news any time of the day.
Hart Seely-The Post-Standard, Author
Hart Seely is a reporter, author, essayist, political commentator and so much more. Hart is one of the most versatile reporters and writers in central New York. He's written hard-hitting investigative pieces like his expose on abuses of teen inmates in New York, and his reports from Iraq while embedded with the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division.
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General Manager, WRVO-FM
WRVO GM John Krauss completed 41+ years with WRVO on April 1, 2010. Krauss started at WRVO on the day the station signed on, January 6, 1969. As the station grew from that initial spark, he worked with his mentor Bill Shigley, a small staff and college administrators who saw a big future for the fledgling station.