The C.E. Shuford Hall of Honor inducts honorees who have made a significant contribution in the communications arena. Some are alumni of the Mayborn School of Journalism. Others have had a professional connection to the school.
The award is named for C.E. “Pops” Shuford who started the journalism program at UNT and who initiated high standards for its students.
Sue Mayborn is the publisher of the Temple Daily Telegram. Her husband Frank W. Mayborn was the owner and publisher of the Telegram, Killeen Daily Herald and KCEN-TV until his death in 1987. She took over the papers and TV station. She is now the benefactor and the namesake of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism.
Marilyn Pippin (1975) is president of Hopkins & Associates, a public relations firm in Dallas. Pippin has worked in the public relations field for 30 years at companies including MBRK Advertising & Public Relations, The Richards Group and Sanger Harris. Pippin also serves on the Mayborn School of Journalism advisory board.
Pius Njawe was an African journalist from Carmeroon who launched the country’s first independent newspaper, Le Messager, in 1979 when he was 22. Njawe was best known for his constant fight for press freedom. He received death threats and was jailed for his publication’s stories on government abuses. Njawe died in a car wreck in July 2010.
Roy Busby (1959) Busby is the director of the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism and teaches interactive communications and public relations. Prior to teaching in journalism, Busby held various roles in administration at UNT for 13 years. From June 2011 to August 2012 he served as interim dean for the Mayborn School of Journalism. In addition to teaching, Busby has served as a public relations and communications consultant for businesses and non-profit organizations.
Keith Shelton (1972) was an editor at the Denton Record-Chronicle for 13 years and a journalism professor at UNT for 23 years. He was known for his strict deadlines and teaching sound reporting tools. Shelton also served as a member on the board of directors for the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. He retired from UNT in 2002.
Bert Shipp worked for four decades at WFAA, the Dallas broadcast news affiliate of ABC. He was a reporter, assignments editor and news director for the station. He covered the JFK assassination. His son, Brett Shipp, followed in his footsteps and is now working at WFAA as an investigative reporter.
Joseph M. Dealey, Jr. is a fourth generation newspaper man. His family founded The Dallas Morning News in 1885. He worked as a reporter, editorial staff writer for the newspaper and was the vice president of the paper’s parent company. Dealey also worked as the director of public affairs for the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport board from 1984 to 1999. He also serves on the Mayborn School of Journalism advisory board.
Jerry Bobo has nearly four decades of work in the broadcast industry under his belt. He started as an account executive at KVIL-FM in Dallas in 1969. He moved his way up to executive vice president and general manager of KVIL. He also served as vice president and general manager of KRLD-AM and president of the Texas State Networks starting in 1994. Bobo was one of the four founding broadcasters of The Amber Plan. He is also a former member of the Mayborn School of Journalism's Board of Advisors.
Roy Moses was an assistant professor in journalism at UNT from 1972 to 1997. He started his journalism career at a few small newspapers in Texas. Moses was the director of journalism for the University Interscholastic League at the University of Texas. He worked for several years in journalism education and as a college newspaper advisor before becoming a full-time professor. He is retired in Central Texas.
Ernestine (Ernie) Farr was a professor at UNT for many years, but is now retired. She was recruited by C.E. Shuford to start the advertising program in journalism.
Judith Moyers has been a long-time collaborator with her husband Bill Moyers on documentary journalism work. She is president of Public Affairs Television, an independent production company. She has produced numerous documentaries and documentary series.
Martin “Red” Gibson (1955) was a professor of journalism at UNT and started teaching at the University of Texas at Austin 1969 and worked there until his death in 1993. He worked as a writer and editor for the Houston Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, and the Austin American-Statesman. Gibson also wrote two textbooks: The Writer’s Friend and Editing in the Electronic Era.
Patsy Patterson is the daughter, wife and mother of former and current publishers of the Denton Record-Chronicle. Her father, Riley Cross, bought the paper in 1945 and served as publisher until his death in 1970. Patterson’s husband Fred took over in 1986. The paper is now owned by Belo, but Patterson’s son Bill is the publisher.
Tommy Bonk (1971) has been a sports reporter for nearly 30 years, primarily covering golf. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Golf Digest Digital, Sports Illustrated and Golf World. Bonk has also hosted broadcast sports shows and has been a regular guest on ESPN. He continues to freelance and works as a media consultant for his company Thomas Bonk Communications.
Roy Eaton was the publisher of the Wise County Messenger for more than three decades. He bought the paper in 1973 and sold it in 2009. Eaton started his career in journalism as a part-time reporter for radio station KXOL in Fort Worth in 1956 after his freshman year at Texas Christian University. He was a news director for the station for 10 years before briefly leaving the news business to work at a Ford dealership. In 1968, he became news director of WBAP.
Marty Haag was nationally recognized for his work as the news director at WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas. During his 16 years as news director at WFAA, the station won a Peabody Award and five DuPont-Columbia University Awards. Haag started as an education reporter and editor for the The Dallas Morning News. He also worked for WBAP, a Dallas radio station. He worked for Belo until he retired in 2000. Haag died in 2004.
Burl Osborne was the publisher of The Dallas Morning News from 1986 to 2001. He was also the executive editor for the paper and was director of Belo Corporation. Osborne served as chairman of the board of the Associated Press from 2002 to 2007. He is currently on the board of directors of Freedom Communications.
Stan Richards is the founder of The Richards Group, an advertising agency in Dallas. Richards is known for his creativity and his open work atmosphere. He and his agency have been honored by Adweek, The Wall Street Journal, Graphic Design USA and Inc. magazine. He leads a staff of 600.
Paul Recer (1961) was a science writer with Associated Press. He was chosen as a finalist for the first journalist in space but NASA nixed the program after the Challenger accident. He is an independent newspaper professional and lives in Fort Worth.
Peggy Simpson (1960) worked for the Associated Press for 17 years in Texas and Washington, D.C. She covered economics and politics for Hearst Newspapers and was the Washington bureau chief for Ms. magazine. Simpson also worked as a freelancer covering Eastern Europe’s transition from communism in the 1990s. She has also taught at the American Studies Center at Warsaw University, George Washington University and Indiana University. Simpson is currently a freelance writer in Washington.
Mike Cochran (1958) joined the Associated Press in Dallas in 1960. During his time with the AP, he wrote several books including Texas vs. Davis, And Deliver us from Evil, and West Texas. He joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1999 as a senior writer. He is now retired but continues working as an author. His most recent book is The Godfather of Poker, about poker player Doyle Bronson.
Howard Swindle (1968) led The Dallas Morning News to three Pulitzer Prizes while he was an editor in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He started his journalism career at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and also worked at the now defunct Dallas Times Herald. The investigative journalist wrote several nonfiction and fiction books, including Doin’ Dirty, Trespasses: Portrait of a Serial Rapist, and America’s Condemned: Death Row Inmates in Their Own Words. Swindle died in 2004.
Jack Tinsley was a long-time newsman at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He started at the paper in 1959 as a reporter and retired in 2000 as vice president for community affairs. He worked as the Sunday editor, assistant managing editor and executive editor at the paper. Tinsley was a financial supporter of the journalism program at UNT and served on the advisory board. He died in 2004.
Jim Rogers spent 43 years at UNT. He started as a journalism professor in 1953. During his time at UNT, he served as the university’s public relations director, the university’s planning director and the vice president for administrative affairs. He also wrote The Story of North Texas, the history of UNT. The second edition was published in 2002. Rogers died in 2006.
Kenneth Sheets (1960) was a senior editor at U.S. News and World Report in Washington D.C., covering everything from politics to energy and business. He was the magazine's bureau chief in Houston before transferring to Washington. He began his journalism career with WFAA in Dallas and moved on to become the managing editor of the Galveston Daily News and the political editor for the Houston Chronicle. After retirement, he continued to freelance in Washington and worked briefly for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.
Bob St. John (1960) was a Metro columnist for The Dallas Morning News for 21 years. He spent 10 years working as a sports writer for the paper, primarily covering the Dallas Cowboys. He has written 14 books, including Heart of a Lion and The Landry Legend. He retired in 2000 but continues writing from his home in Mount Vernon, Texas.
Nadeane Walker Anderson (1942) was a Stars & Stripes correspondent during World War II and a fashion editor for the Associated Press in London and Paris. She has won several awards for her reporting, including the Katy Award, the Dallas Press Club Award of Excellence and the Associated Press Community Service Award. She also contributed to With Courage and Common Sense: Memoirs from the Older Women’s Legacy Circles, which was published in 2003. Anderson is retired and lives in Austin.
Bob Ray Sanders (1969) started working at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as a courthouse reporter and political writer. He later joined KERA-TV as a reporter for the station’s Newsroom program. He also served as vice president of the TV station. He is currently the vice president/associate editor at the Star-Telegram and writes Metro columns. He teaches courses on race and gender at Texas Christian University.
Joe Murray (1961) won a public service Pulitzer in 1977 at The Lufkin Daily News for an obituary of a local man who died in Marine training camp. The story grew into an investigation of the death and was the start of a reform in the recruiting and training process of the U.S. Marine Corps. Murray is retired and lives in Lufkin, Texas.
Ray Moseley (1952) was a reporter and European correspondent for the Chicago Tribune for 24 years. He worked at several newspapers before becoming an overseas correspondent for United Press International. He worked as the UPI Moscow bureau chief. Moseley joined the Chicago Tribune in 1977. He was a Pulitzer Prize nominee in 1981 for international reporting. He retired in 2001.
Reg Westmoreland was a professor in journalism at UNT. He served as chair of the department for several years. He is retired and lives in Denton.
Bill Moyers is a Pulitzer Prize winner and longtime PBS host. The former UNT journalism student was publisher of Newsday when the publication won two Pulitzer prizes for public service and editorial cartooning in 1970. Moyers has had a long career in journalism and is best known for his work on PBS. His news program, Bill Moyers Journal, ran from 1971-1981. He returned to the show for three years in 2007.