Five Legendary Journalists Inducted into Deadline Club Hall of Fame

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Five journalists whose work has made a significant contribution to American journalism were inducted into the Deadline Club Hall of Fame during a luncheon Nov. 21 at Sardi’s Restaurant in Manhattan.

The 2019 Deadline Club Hall of Fame honorees are:

  • Peggy Noonan, an opinion columnist for The Wall Street Journal, where her column, “Declarations,” has been published since 2000. A political analyst for NBC News, she is the author of nine books on American politics, history and culture, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2017.
  • Tom Brokaw, best known as the anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News” for 22 years. He is the only journalist to have hosted all three major NBC News programs, “The Today Show,” NBC Nightly News,” and, briefly, “Meet the Press.”
  • Richard Drew, an Associated Press staff photographer for nearly five decades who was assigned to cover a fashion show the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, but ended up documenting the terrorist attacks at the foot of the World Trade Center. His 12-frame sequence of an unidentified victim in free fall, later named “The Falling Man,” stirred controversy and encapsulated the day’s horror.
  • Ted Koppel, the British-born American broadcast journalist who anchored ABC’s “Nightline” from its inception in 1980 until 2005. Before “Nightline,” he spent 20 years as a broadcast journalist and news anchor for ABC.
  • Jane Pauley, a familiar face on morning, daytime and primetime television. She spent 13 years as a co-host of NBC’s “Today Show” and a decade as the anchor of “Dateline NBC,” starting in 1992. She has anchored “CBS Sunday Morning” since 2016.

The Deadline Club Hall of Fame has been recognizing reporters, writers, correspondents, editors, publishers and media executives since 1975. Numbered among the original class of honorees were Walter Cronkite, Sylvia Porter, James Reston and Lowell Thomas. More recently, honorees have included Pete Hamill, William Safire, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Mike Wallace, Barbara Walters, Bill Moyers, Les Payne, Jimmy Breslin, Lesley Stahl, Richard B. Stolley and Gloria Steinem.

Each Hall of Fame honoree receives an engraved medallion reflecting the organization’s connection with New York City and its support for the freedom of speech and of the press.

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ABOUT THE DEADLINE CLUB: The Deadline Club is the largest chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, serving New York area journalists, students and supporters since 1925. The club promotes journalistic standards, community and professional development through its awards programs, scholarships, public talks, workshops and social events.

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