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  • After 40 years on air, WFAA’s Byron Harris is retiring today.


    WFAA Dallas investigative reporter Byron Harris is retiring Friday after more than 40 years on the air.

    While nobody I know of keeps such records, Byron may well be the most honored investigative reporter in local TV news. He won two Peabody Awards, four Edward R Murrow Awards and six duPont-Columbia batons. For you print folks, the duPont is the Pulitzer of TV. They even judge the contest in the same room as the Pulitzers at Columbia University. I was on the duPont jury that awarded Byron the only gold baton ever awarded to a local TV station. The jury simply felt we had given him so many honors we needed to send a message we really meant – this guy is great.

    WFAA’s summary of his work includes this: “During his time with WFAA, he traveled beyond the United States border to cover wars in Somalia and Iraq. Read more

  • Yahoo hires Business Insider’s Hunter Walker

    Hunter Walker, the politics editor at Business Insider, will be a national correspondent at Yahoo News, the online outlet said Friday.

    Walker, who joined Business Insider in February 2014, will focus on covering the Hillary Clinton campaign, according to a statement from Becky Auslander, director of corporate communications for Yahoo Media.

    The news was first reported in Playbook, Mike Allen’s daily political news tipsheet.

    Before Walker joined Business Insider, he was a national affairs reporter at TPM, a senior editor at the New York Observer and a reporter at The Daily.

    He starts Monday. Read more

  • Career Beat: Tom Seeley named SVP of digital media at The Hollywood Reporter

    Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

    • Kate Glassman Bennett is leaving POLITICO. She is a gossip columnist there. (The Washington Post)
    • Saba Hamedy is now digital entertainment reporter at Mashable. Previously, she was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times. (Email)
    • Tom Seeley is now senior vice president of digital media at The Hollywood Reporter. Previously, he was vice president of editorial for NBC Sports Digital. (Email)
    • Erin McClam is now senior political editor at Fusion. Previously, she was a senior writer at NBC News. (Email)
    • Dafna Linzer is now managing editor of politics for NBC News and MSNBC. Previously, she was managing editor of (NBC News)
    • Hunter Walker will be a national correspondent at Yahoo News.
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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.
Laura got into news broadcasting while studying at Syracuse University. In the 1969-70 school year, she served as news director for WAER-FM. She spent the following summer as editor of "Report to the Middle East" at the Voice of America in Washington. After receiving a degree in journalism and political science in 1971, she joined WFBL radio as a news reporter for two years.

In 1972, Laura switched to television, joining WSYR-TV (now WSTM-TV) Channel 3 as a reporter. She's been there ever since -- mostly in news. She not only anchors Channel 3’s noon newscast, but also puts the program together every day. She also hosts and produces "Our Community" each Sunday, produces and writes the community calendar feature "3 in Touch," and is the web content manager for CNY Entertainment on Until a few years ago, Laura was the early morning news anchor and producer/anchor for public affairs documentaries.

Since January 1993, she added the position of community relations director to her resume. In that role, her responsibilities include developing campaigns to increase Channel 3's visibility in the community, producing and tracking public service announcements, and involving members of the station staff in community activities.

When it comes to community activities, Laura could be the role model for involvement. She is vice chair of the Salvation Army’s Advisory Board, working on marketing and annual resource development. She initiated the annual Tree of Lights gift program during the Christmas holidays, and expanded the Salvation Army's Dome Day food donation program.

She is also on the Northeast Community Center’s board of directors and serves on Syracuse’s Weed & Seed steering committee. And if all of this isn't enough, she finds time to read to school children and emcee community events.

Over the years, Laura has served with the "Hope for the Bereaved" advisory board, where she helped establish the Butterfly Garden of Hope on Onondaga Lake Parkway; the Mental Health Association Task Force on Children and Adolescents; Metropolitan Commission on Aging outreach project; American Lung Association CNY Chapter Board; Syracuse organizing committee, National Senior Sports Classic, Syracuse Press Club board; and a number of SU organizations including the Newhouse School Alumni Association board.

All of these activities have won Laura a large number of awards. Among them, she was named an SU Outstanding Alumna in 1992; She received the Marguerite Higgins Journalism Prize for Gulf War coverage; a National Merit Award from the Community Action Network for the "Feed the Hungry" campaign in 1994; three awards from the Associated Press and 10 from the Syracuse Press Club, including two SPC Professional Standards awards. Laura is listed in "Who’s Who of American Women."
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Philip A. Hofmann


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The Post-Standard

Club President: 1970

To his associates and other news executives, Philip Hofmann was “a newspaperman’s newspaperman” and a “working editor” who was never content to direct operations while sitting at a desk.
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