Print Hall of Fame members were honored at March 11 luncheon

The St. Louis Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored seven men elected to the St. Louis Print Hall of Fame at the luncheon on March 11 at the Lucas Park Grille.

The inductees were recognized for their outstanding contributions to print journalism.

Two of the inductees, Eric Mink and Ray Hartmann, along with St. Louis Print Hall of Fame founder Frank Absher, participated in a panel discussion about their careers and the journalism industry.

St. Louis native Eric Mink began his print career in 1973 at the “Midwest Motorist” magazine. He joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1977 and became its TV critic in 1979. In the 1980s, he appeared regularly on local radio and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” In 1993, he became TV critic for the New York Daily News and often appeared as a media analyst on NBC’s “Today,” ABC’s “Nightline” and “Good Morning America,” and PBS’ “McNeil/Lehrer News Hour.” Returning to St. Louis in 2003, Mink edited the Post’s op-ed page.

Hartmann founded Hartmann Publishing in 1977 and produced the Riverfront Times, one of the top 10 largest alternative weekly newspapers in the country. He then sold the paper and bought St. Louis Magazine, where he served as CEO. He has since collected numerous local and national honors and is a popular member of the weekly panel on the “Donnybrook Show” on KETC-TV.

Mark Vittert, another inductee to the Print Hall of Fame this year, never laid claim to being a working journalist, but his financial support made possible the birth and operation of two of the most successful weekly newspapers in St. Louis: the Riverfront Times and the St. Louis Business Journal.

The remaining 2010 inductees, Paul Y. Anderson, Carlos Hurd, Joseph Pulitzer III and Murat Bernard “Chic” Young, were honored posthumously.

From left are Frank Absher, St. Louis Print Hall of Fame founder; Eric Mink, Hall of Fame inductee and former St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor; Ray Hartmann, Hall of Fame inductee and founder of The Riverfront Times; and Martin Duggan, former Donnybrook provocateur

From left are Frank Absher, St. Louis Print Hall of Fame founder; Eric Mink, Hall of Fame inductee and former St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor; Ray Hartmann, Hall of Fame inductee and founder of The Riverfront Times; and Martin Duggan, former Donnybrook provocateur.

Cutline for pic 2: St. Louis chapter President Kelsey Volkmann presents the St. Louis Print Hall of Fame award to Ray Hartmann, founder of The Riverfront Times, at a luncheon March 11 at Lucas Park Grille downtown.

St. Louis chapter President Kelsey Volkmann presents the St. Louis Print Hall of Fame award to Ray Hartmann, founder of The Riverfront Times, at a luncheon March 11 at Lucas Park Grille downtown.

Cutline for pic 3: St. Louis chapter President Kelsey Volkmann presents the St. Louis Print Hall of Fame award to Eric Mink, a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor, at a luncheon March 11 at Lucas Park Grille downtown.St. Louis chapter President Kelsey Volkmann presents the St. Louis Print Hall of Fame award to Eric Mink, a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor, at a luncheon March 11 at Lucas Park Grille downtown.
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