The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SOJMC) will welcome the five newest members of the school's Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony this fall.

The honorees are Chris Dickerson, Janet Dooley, Rick Haye, Keith Morehouse and Sandy Wells.

"This year's distinguished class of Hall of Fame inductees have careers spanning the fields of journalism, advertising, education, broadcasting and photography," said Kyle Dyer, vice president of the SOJMC Alumni Advisory Board, which handles the nomination process. "They've each distinctly told the story of Marshall University through their dedication and high standards, and we are proud to honor their achievements."

Dickerson, a 1992 SOJMC graduate, is editor of The West Virginia Record legal journal. He also has worked at The Herald-Dispatch and the Charleston Daily Mail, having covered high school sports, movie premieres and everything in between. He also has done work in television and radio. He was an adjunct SOJMC professor and currently is president of the Alumni Advisory Board.

Dooley, a 1973 SOJMC graduate, is associate dean of Marshall's College of Arts and Media and SOJMC director. She has taught in the school for nearly 40 years and was named a 2002 winner of the Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Award for superior teaching. She also has won an Advertising Silver Medal award and the University Distinguished Service Award.

Haye, a 1977 SOJMC graduate, has taken more than 1 million photographs chronicling Marshall University over the past 40-plus years as a student and the official university photographer. His work has been featured in national and international press, advertising campaigns, recruitment drives and fundraising efforts.

Morehouse, a 1983 SOJMC graduate, is sports director of WSAZ-TV. For many years, he broadcast Thundering Herd football and basketball like his late father, Gene. He is a two-time Emmy winner and a five-time West Virginia Sportscaster of the Year winner.

Wells, a 1963 SOJMC graduate and Huntington native, was a longtime reporter and columnist for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and Gazette. Best known for her weekly Innerviews features, Wells wrote for the state's largest newspaper for more than 50 years. She retired in 2009, but continued writing Innerviews until shortly before she died Feb. 9 at the age of 77, after fighting cancer for more than a year.

The SOJMC Hall of Fame's first class was enshrined in 1985, and the Hall of Fame currently has 63 people enshrined. The annual induction ceremony attracts more than 200 guests. More details about this fall's induction ceremony will be released at a later date.

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