BLOOMINGTON, Indiana — Longtime Jasper Herald editor John Rumbach and Indianapolis Star editorial cartoonist Gary Varvel are among seven people who will be inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame as its 50th anniversary class.
The others selected are Bob Daugherty, a Marion native who covered seven presidents during their White House terms as a photographer for The Associated Press; Tom French, an Indiana University journalism professor who won the Pulitzer Prize while at the St. Petersburg Times; the late Gene Slaymaker, who was news director for Indianapolis radio station WTLC-FM; the late Lotys Stewart, who was The Indianapolis Star's fashion editor; and Cleve Wilhoit, a retired IU journalism professor and researcher.
The group will be honored during an Oct. 24 ceremony at Indiana University's Memorial Union in Bloomington.
— Daugherty got his start in high school as a photographer for his hometown Marion Chronicle-Tribune. He moved on to the Indianapolis Star and 1960 and a few years later started a 34-year career with the AP, spending most of that time in Washington. When he retired in 1997, he received the White House News Photographers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.
— French grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Indiana University in 1981. He then started a 27-year career at the St. Petersburg Times, now the Tampa Bay Times. He is nationally known for his narrative storytelling and won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing.
— Rumbach has led The Herald to the forefront of newspaper photography, winning many state and national awards. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1973, he returned home to be a reporter at the Herald and four years later succeeded his father as managing editor.
— Slaymaker worked in radio and television in Ohio before joining WFBM radio and Channel 6 television in Indianapolis, becoming radio news editor in 1960. In 1975, he began 16 years as news director of WTLC-FM, where he trained and mentored numerous young reporters. He died in 2012.
— Stewart was a prolific writer as the fashion and home furnishings editor for the Indianapolis Star. She became a women's column writer for the Star in 1941 and continued writing for the newspaper until shortly before her death in 1963 at age 55.
— Varvel has become Indiana's premier editorial cartoonist during a more than 35-year career with The Indianapolis Star. His work is now syndicated to more than 100 publications, winning several national honors and dozens of awards as Indiana's best editorial cartoonist.
— Wilhoit spent 36 years as an Indiana University journalism professor and researcher. He co-wrote three books published a decade apart beginning in 1986 on the state and status of journalism and journalists around the United States.
This story has been corrected to show the span of Daugherty's career was 34 years.