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41st Annual Professional Recognition Awards and Scholarship Banquet

April 27, 2019, 6 PM cocktails, 7 PM dinner

at Genesee Grande, 1060 East Genesee St, Syracuse

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Tim Atseff


Herald American

The Post-Standard

Tim Atseff has had only one employer in 40 years. He started at the Herald-Journal as a copy boy in 1965.
Since then, he held positions at the Herald-Journal as a staff artist, editorial cartoonist, Director of Art and Design, Deputy Managing Editor and Managing Editor.

After The Post-Standard and Herald-Journal merged, Tim was named managing editor responsible for a variety of newsroom departments. Currently, he is Marketing and New Product Development Manager for The Post-Standard. He is also the creator and editor of The Good Life, Central New York Magazine.

Tim's one-time boss, Tim Bunn, wrote about him many years ago, noting that while Bunn "loved" his job, Atseff "lived his."

Like so many of our newsroom professionals, Tim dreamed about a job in journalism since he was a kid. "It seems for my whole life newspapers have been a part of who I am," Tim Atseff told Tim Bunn. "Whether it was always having one in the home, having a Herald-Journal carrier route, looking for my name in the wrestling or track agate, when my mother would send clippings to me at college or when I landed my first real job with the Herald-Journal."

Tim's parents, Betty and Nick, saw to it that upwards of three newspapers a day made their way into the Atseff household. The free flow of news was as important to the Atseff family as freedom itself. "I think of how when my grandparents and father came to this country in the early 1900s to get away from the strife in Yugoslavia as the Balkan War was heating up.”

Tim is a graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is a former member of American Association of Editorial Cartoonists, former member of Society of Newspaper Design, former board member and president of the New York State Society of Newspaper Editors, and two-term director of the Associated Press Managing Editors group, where he chaired the foreign news, writing, ethics, photography and graphics, sports and innovation committees. He was also chair of APME's convention in Atlanta. Tim also served as an adjunct professor at the Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Tim's editorial cartoons — from Nixon to Reagan — appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, New York Times, and Monitor, a publication of the American Psychological Association. His cartoons have also been published in several anthologies and books and are included in the Smithsonian Libraries' Collection and noted in the Michigan State University Comic Art Collection. He has won more than 20 awards for newspaper design and several for editorial cartoons.

He is a former board member of the Boy's and Girl's Club and current board member of the Crouse Hospital Foundation. As an artist, Tim had a one man show of his paintings at Syracuse's Everson Museum and Rochester's Xerox Center. As a golfer, Tim said he "stinks, but plays anyway!"

Tim has five children; two with his late wife Susan, and three with current wife, Peggy.
    "Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation’s heart, the excision of its memory."
--Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Wall of Distinction

Jackie Robinson


Jackie Robinson's work as a television news broadcaster and an involvement in community organizations has made her one of the best-known women in Central New York, as well as a role model and positive influence for area youth.
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