The Press Club of Long Island, a chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, launched the Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame in 2104 to recognize trailblazing journalists, past and present.
The first inductees included all previous recipients of the annual PCLI Outstanding Long Island Journalist Award, the group’s highest honor to an individual. Starting in 2014 the award was replaced by induction into the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame includes prominent Long Island journalists of the past, starting with Walt Whitman, one of America’s greatest poets and the founder of The Long-Islander, a newspaper that continues to serve the Huntington area.
The criteria for those being inducted requires that they be someone who has made a significant contribution to Long Island journalism, or be a Long Islander who has made contributions to journalism beyond Long Island.
The inaugural induction took place at the PCLI Media Awards dinner, June 5, at the Woodbury Country Club, while commemorating PCLI’s 40th anniversary.
PCLI was established June 27, 1974, as an independent press club and became a chapter of SPJ in the early 1980s.
In addition to Walt Whitman, first-year Hall of Fame inductees will include the following (with their affiliation at the time):