The Press Club of Long Island inducted four new members into the Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame during the PCLI Media Awards Dinner on June 2. Meet the Class of 2022:
Joye Brown was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and graduated from The George Washington University with a bachelor’s in journalism.
Joye was the editor of her all-girls Catholic high school newspaper and her college newspaper. Her first job was at Mutual Broadcasting/Mutual Black Network, which provided radio news every 15 minutes to stations across the nation. She was a tape editor, which really was a catch-all for rookie reporter, interviewer and writer. There, Joye learned to do what she needed to do to get questions answered, clearly and succinctly, so they could be edited and become part of a broadcast.
Her first newspaper job was at The News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she learned the ropes of covering everything, including courts, and county and state government. From there, it was off to The Chicago Tribune, where, among other things, Joye covered the election of the city’s first black mayor, Harold Washington. Rather than being assigned to Washington’s campaign, Joye was assigned to his opponent in one of the most racially charged contests in Chicago’s history.
After landing at Newsday, Joye moved around the organization as a reporter, editor, administrator, editorial writer, columnist and, more recently, NewsdayLive facilitator and NewsdayTV commentator.
Joye and her husband, Mark Toor, a Newsday alumnus, have two children: Catherine, who is a New York City PR firm vice president, and Joshua, who is a community organizer in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Bryan Boyhan is a lifelong resident of Long Island, having lived in Lynbrook, Oakdale, Bayport, East Hampton and finally settling in Sag Harbor where he lives with his wife Ellen and daughter Maggie in a house overlooking Noyac Bay.
Since 1988, Bryan has been at the weekly Sag Harbor Express, first as editor, then as publisher before selling the business to Gavin and Kathryn Menu. During his tenure The Express received dozens of Long Island, New York State and national awards recognizing the paper’s reporting, design and general excellence, three times receiving the state’s highest award for editorial excellence. Bryan remains with the company as consultant and magazine designer and continues to write as the spirit moves him. He has won awards for his own reporting on education, government, the environment and the arts, and has spoken several times at state conferences about editing and designing community newspapers.
A longtime member of the New York Press Association, Bryan served two terms on the association’s board of directors and one term as the association’s president. While president, Bryan, along with fellow board members Joe Shaw and Gary Pierre Pierre, stumped across the state introducing an innovative NYPA-sponsored program called Community 360, visiting newsrooms and speaking to staffs about the
importance of broadening their range of coverage, rethinking the way they tell stories and examining all aspects of local communities.
Bryan, and other members of The Express staff, have also gone into local schools to speak about journalism, and worked with student journalists to produce their own papers which were printed in the pages of The Express.
Along with Elizabeth Bonora Cowles, Bryan was a founding member of the Press Club of Long Island’s East End chapter, serving as that organization’s vice president.
He is a graduate of Dowling College and Stony Brook University’s teacher certification program, after which he taught English for three years in Brentwood before moving east. Also preparing him for a career in journalism were jobs as dishwasher, shoe salesman, telephone salesman, actor, bartender, cabaret operator, and summer stock theater manager. His first foray into journalism was as restaurant reviewer for the Fire Island Tide.
Bryan remains active in his adopted hometown, serving on the board of directors of the Sag Harbor Food Pantry. In 1991 he organized the village’s first HarborFest, a fall festival that is the descendant of the Old Whalers Festival, of which John Steinbeck was honorary chairman. For 30-plus years, he has helped run the festival’s signature event, the annual whaleboat races, in which he has competed a dozen times, but never won.
Drew Scott grew up in Los Angeles. He has spent his entire 50-year career in TV and radio news broadcasting. Drew is a multiple Emmy and National Edward R. Murrow Award winner for New York’s WWOR-TV and WPIX-11, and as an anchor and reporter for News 12 Networks on Long Island. More recently he anchored and reported for 1010/WINS Radio.
Drew’s first job was on the island of Bermuda, where he was the chief TV and radio news anchor at ZBM-Channel 9.
He has served as the co-chairman on the Southampton and Islip Town Opioid Addiction Task Forces after losing his granddaughter to an overdose of fentanyl in 2017.
In addition to working at News 12, Drew was the founding news anchor of WLNY Channel 10/55, and he worked as Washington correspondent at the White House for Tribune Broadcasting/Independent Network News.
He recently joined WCAX, CBS-3 in Burlington, Vermont, as a weekend anchor.
Among the major news events that Drew has covered: the Son of Sam arraignment, the Clinton impeachment, the TWA Flight 800 crash, 9/11 in New York City and the attempted assassination of President Reagan, the latter of which he witnessed first-hand.
Drew and his wife, Vivian, just celebrated 52 years of marriage.
Chris Vaccaro was selected for the PCLI wing of the Hall of Fame for his outstanding service to the Press Club of Long Island and the Society of Professional Journalists as well as broader contributions to journalism.
Vaccaro has been an integral leader in the evolution of PCLI and SPJ. His tenure as president of PCLI saw significant national recognition for the organization. Every year was marked by national chapter of the year honors as a winner or finalist, plus SPJ Circle of Excellence Awards for freedom of information and college outreach. He was also the longest serving president in the history of PCLI with a four-year stint.
He is a founder of the Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame, secured a physical location for the Hall at Hofstra University, has overseen the PCLI Awards for 12 years, debuted a historic marker campaign to honor places of historic significance in journalism and has co-chaired four SPJ regional conferences. While he was president the board oversaw a year-long freedom of information audit and report card of government offices across Long Island. He is also advisor of the Hofstra SPJ campus chapter.
In 2021 he was elected SPJ’s northeast coordinator after serving five years as assistant coordinator. In this role he has helped add or resurrect chapters at various colleges in the region, coordinate regional panels and facilitate communication between pro leaders. His latest project is building the first SPJ High School Summer Journalism Institute, which will debut in July at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. For the last eight years he has overseen the SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards in the northeast.
Professionally he is vice president of digital at Altice USA News and is the director of graduate journalism and a professor at Hofstra, which he attended. He was previously editor-in chief of The Topps Company, an editor at the New York Daily News and AOL and reporter at The Southampton Press. An Emmy Award and Murrow Award winner, he is the author of six books and his work has been
published by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and other publications.
He lives with his wife, Theresa, and children, Hunter, Thompson and Stella, and dog Arrow in Lake Grove.