Illini Media

Hall of Fame

Class of 2022

Illini Media proudly presents our 2022 Hall of Fame class. This group of 20 inductees has been chosen by our Selection Committee in recognition of their distinguished professional careers and contributions to Illini Media as students, professional staff and alumni.

In this group are men and women who documented history from the front lines of World War II, the perestroika era in the Soviet Union, and the White House during the tumultuous 2020 election. We have LGBTQ journalists who spoke out about their experiences, a feminist author documenting the “abortion underground,” and a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist showing the grief and loss and impact of murder in Chicago. Radio and TV legends stand next to rising media stars, community activists, and an artist best known for drawing “Naughty Granny.”

Nelson Algren

Robert “Buck” Brown

Susan J. Smith Cornwell

Ann Dwyer

Amara Enyia

Brad Fuhr

Jon Hansen

Paula Kamen

John J. Kim

Natasha Korecki

Will Leitch

Sean Long

Allan R. Loudell

Wayne Miller

Ralph Nozaki (Rick O’Dell)

Steve Osunsami

John Paul

Rick Sallinger

Bernard Schoenburg

Pat Wingert

We hope you can join us in celebration of the honorees during our alumni reunion weekend on April 8-10, 2022. The new class will officially be inducted during our banquet on Saturday evening. An email with the complete schedule and information on tickets and hotels will be delivered in coming days.

Congratulations to all of our amazing inductees, and thanks to all of those who submitted nominations!

We will see you in April!