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 â€œMidwest Motoristâ€ 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 NPRâ€™s â€œAll Things Considered.â€ In 1993, he became TV critic for the New York Daily News and often appeared as a media analyst on NBCâ€™s â€œToday,â€ ABCâ€™s â€œNightlineâ€ and â€œGood Morning America,â€ and PBSâ€™ â€œMcNeil/Lehrer News Hour.â€ Returning to St. Louis in 2003, Mink edited the Postâ€™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 â€œDonnybrook Showâ€ 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 â€œChicâ€ Young, were honored posthumously.