The Press Club of Long Island celebrated its 40th anniversary this month by creating a Hall of Fame for trailblazing journalists.
President Chris R. Vaccaro said the club, the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, wanted to take its annual lifetime achievement award "one step further," partly by going back in time. So the Hall's first 25 honorees include poet Walt Whitman, who founded The Long-Islander newspaper in Huntington in 1838.
Also inducted was Charles F. Dolan, founder of Cablevision Systems Corp., which owns News 12 and Newsday.
Newsday inductees include Robert F. Keeler, former reporter and editor; the late Robert W. Greene, who created and led the paper's first investigative reporting team, and Howard Schneider, a former editor and founding dean of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University.
Also among the inaugural inductees are Carolyn James of ACJ Communications and John L. Kominicki, a former publisher of the Long Island Business News.
Other journalists inducted during the June 5 award ceremony at Woodbury Country Club were:
The late Dennis Bell, Newsday
Rick Brand, Newsday
Frank Brinka, WALK-FM
Scott Brinton, Herald Community Newspapers
Greg Cergol, WNBC-TV
Patrick Dolan, News 12 Networks
Ken Eckhardt, "LI News Tonight"
Doug Geed, News 12 Long Island
Karl Grossman, freelance journalist
Walt Handelsman, formerly of Newsday
Hank Logeman, UPI
The late Ed Lowe, Newsday
Sandra Peddie, Newsday
Paul Schreiber, formerly of Newsday
Doug Spero, WNBC-TV
Steve Wick, Newsday
Bob Wolff, News 12 Long Island
Dick Yarwood, formerly of Newsday
Bill Zimmerman, News 12 Long Island
Correction. The founder of Cablevision is Charles F. Dolan, his name was incorrect in previous versions of this story.