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Wall of Distinction Honoree Saundra Smokes dies


Updated with funeral arrangements:  Services will be held 11 am Saturday at the Abundant Life Christian Center, 7000 All Nations Blvd., East Syracuse. Later in the afternoon there will be a reception for family and friends at City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington St., Syracuse. That event runs from 2-6pm 

Award-winning columnist and editorial writer Saundra Smokes died Wednesday. She was 57.   In 2004, Smokes was honored with a place on the Syracuse Press Club's Wall of Distinction for her outstanding work at The Herald-Journal and The Post-Standard and as a nationally syndicated columnist. 

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 August 2012 22:51 )
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:
Robert Atkinson, Executive Editor of The Post-Standard
Janis Barth, Managing Editor Local News, The Post-Standard
John Krauss, General Manager WRVO Stations (Retired)
Ron Lombard, General Manager, Your News Now
Hart Seely, Reporter, The Post-Standard

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.  

Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 October 2010 19:56 )
Wall of Distinction Set
The Syracuse Press Club's highest honor, The Wall of Distinction, is set for Thursday October 21st at Drumlins.  We need your help in selecting this year's honorees. Please send us the name or names of individuals you think are worthy of consideration along with some background information about your choice. email your suggestions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Sunday, 02 November 2008 23:48

      The Syracuse Press Club welcomed four new members to its Wall of Distinction in Syracuse on Thursday. October23, 2008.   Ceremonies   were held at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center in Syracuse. The Wall, honors Central New York broadcast and print legends.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 November 2008 23:31 )

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Robert R. Haggart

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Herald American

“This is my valentine to Brenda Marie McCabe Haggart. Unfortunately, this valentine will not look or taste as good as those hearts that grade school teachers in Kansas helped me cut out and paste on big pieces of red paper. I can still taste the paste. It tasted almost as good as a peanut-butter sandwich. Writing this public confession of joy may seem a little arrogant on my part, Brenda, since I didn't ask you if I could do it. But you owe me one. My voice is gone.”
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