HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Marshall University journalism school will honor five graduates on Friday with inductions into its Hall of Fame.
A ceremony will be held recognizing the newest members of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications Hall of Fame; Chris Dickerson, Janet Dooley, Rick Haye, Keith Morehouse and Sandy Wells are this year’s inductees.
Dickerson is the editor of The West Virginia Record, a legal journal. He previously worked at The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington and the Charleston Daily Mail. Dooley is the associate dean of the Marshall University College of Arts and Media, as well as the director of the journalism school. Haye also has a career tied to the university; he has spent 40 years taking photographs for Marshall University, including as its official photographer.
Morehouse is the sports director at WSAZ-TV. He also led broadcasts of Marshall athletics, and has been recognized with multiple Emmy and West Virginia Sportscaster of the Year awards.
“You get that call, and you’re kind of stunned for a minute,” Morehouse told MetroNews.” It was very gratifying and humbling when you realize how many great journalists have passed through the school there. It gives you a moment to ponder and think, ‘Am I deserving?'”
Wells, who died in February, was a longtime feature writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, writing her “Innerviews” series until her death.
All of this year’s inductees are graduates of Marshall University. The school has previously honored people for their impact on the journalism program. The Hall of Fame has recognized 63 people so far.
Friday’s ceremony will take place in the Memorial Student Center.