Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame Inductees


The Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame was implemented in 1973, and honors persons who have distinguished themselves in print journalism. Since the Hall of Fame started, 106 journalists have been inducted.

2018 Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame inductees:

John Gottschalk, Omaha – John Gottschalk began his career in journalism in the back shop of the Sheridan County Star, learning the newspaper business from two of his mentors: his grandfather, Bill Barnes, and his father, Phil Gottschalk, both of whom at one time owned the Star. By the time he was a teenager, John could hang a line of type, and report and write a story on deadline. He brought those skills to Sidney when, in 1968 at the age of 25, he became owner and publisher of the Sidney Telegraph. There John learned first-hand how to achieve excellence in community journalism from then editor Jack Lowe. In honor of his mentor, John established the Jack Lowe Community Journalism Fund in the 1970s. That grant made possible the Nebraska Press Association Hall of Fame. John carried Lowe’s example to Omaha in 1975 when he began with the Omaha-World Herald, where he eventually became CEO and publisher. John moved the World-Herald to an industry leader in digital typesetting and offset production. The state-of-the-art printing plant at the World-Herald is called the John Gottschalk Freedom Center. John oversaw unprecedented expansion of the World-Herald Company while the newspaper tackled a range of special enterprise reporting from exposing problems in the state’s packing houses to the dangers faced by children in Nebraska’s foster care system. John’s philanthropy and leadership have reached nearly every corner of the country, as chairman of national boards from the Boys Scouts to the USO. His leadership in Omaha’s civic progress is reflected in his work on projects from the Holland Performing Arts Center to Baxter Arena. He has been tireless in his work to foster education and professional journalism through scholarship programs and fellowships.

Stuart “Stu” Bohacek, Wilber (posthumously) – Stuart “Stu” Bohacek started his journalism career when he became the owner and editor of the Wilber Republican on November 18, 1949. Eventually, he created a personal column which appeared as the first article on the front page titled “From Where I Sit.” During his time with the Republican from 1949-1956, Stu and his reputation received several invitations to be a guest speaker, nominations for honors and awards, and recognition in articles from other Nebraskan publications. Before Stu ventured into the journalism industry, he served in the army from 1942-1945. During his time in the military, he was trained to speak Russian through Yale University and earned a Purple Heart after being injured in Germany in 1945. After Stu’s domestic newspaper career, he continued spreading global journalism with the United States Information Agency (USIA) while stationed in Japan for 6 years. He was later transferred to Prague, Czechoslovakia. To prepare for this position, he returned to the United States to finish his B.A. degree and refine his Czech language. He served in Prague as the Chief of the Czechoslovak Service for the Voice of America, which is the USIA’s radio arm. With this position, he managed multiple radio programs that were broadcasted to various Czech-speaking areas to explain the problems, hopes, and aims of the United States. Stu was honored to take this position because his father emigrated from Czechoslovakia to the United States at the age of 12 in 1866. While living in the Czech Republic, he was able to connect with Bohacek relatives in 1968 that still remember him to this day. Stu died on July 21, 1982 at the age of 71. His final resting place is Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where his monument recognizes him as Sergeant Stuart J Bohacek.

Allen J. Beermann, Lincoln – Allen J. Beermann’s career is synonymous with civic engagement and public service. After six terms as Secretary of State, he was named executive director of the Nebraska Press Association, becoming a dedicated advocate for the state’s newspapers, open government and Nebraskans’ right to know. Raised on a Dakota County farm, Beermann earned membership in the National Honor Society. He graduated from Midland Lutheran University and Creighton University School of Law. He served two years as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State and 18 years on the Federal Election Commission advisory panel. A retired Army Reserve lieutenant colonel, he belongs to American Legion Post No. 3. A member of the Nebraska and American Bar Associations, Beermann was listed in Who’s Who in American Politics. He served on the boards of the NebraskaLAND Foundation, Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, Cornhusker Boy Scouts of America, and People to People International. He’s a member of the Lincoln Downtown Rotary Club and served on the board of the Omaha Press Club. While Executive Director of the Nebraska Press Association, he has been a board member of the National Newspaper Association Foundation, hosted an NNA national convention in Omaha and helped establish programs for the NNA’s Fellows Program. Beermann received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Midland University and the school’s All-American Journalist Award. The University of Nebraska presented him an Outstanding Service to Journalism Award. The one-time newscaster and disc jockey for Fremont’s KHUB Radio served as camp director of the National Boy Scout Jamboree. He received the Ike Friedman Community Leadership Award from the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben, was named Nebraskan of the Year by the combined Rotary Clubs and was Rotarian of the Year. He has been named a Distinguished NebraskaLANDER and received the First Lady’s Outstanding Community Service Award for lifetime achievement in volunteer service. He holds a Meritorious Service Medallion from the national secretaries of state, received the federal Voting Assistance Award from Defense Secretary William Perry, and received the Nebraska Diplomats’ highest honor — Ambassador Plenipotentiary. The Republic of China awarded Beermann its Foreign Service Medallion. He is married to the former Linda Dierking of Nebraska City. They have two sons, Matthew Allen and John William. 

2019 Journalism Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in May, and the Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremonies will be held Friday evening, Oct. 25, 2019, at the Nebraska Club in downtown Lincoln. The event is sponsored by the Nebraska Press Association and the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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2017 Lary King

2017 Maxine Moul

2017 Eileen Wirth

2016 Sharron Hollen
2016 G. Woodson “Woody” Howe
2016 Matt Waite
2016 J.P. O’Furey (posthumously)

2015 Lyle Denniston
2015 Richard “Dick” Fleming
2015 Butch Furse

2014 Clarence Hebda
2014 Ted Heuttmann (posthumously)
2014 Kathleen Rutledge

2013 William C. Nuckolls
2013 Dewaine Gahan (posthumously)
2012 Kent Warneke
2012 Jim Seacrest
2012 Dick Lindberg
2011 Leslie Dale Falter
2011 Charlyne Berens
2010 Alton “Mook” Wilhelms
2010 Dean Terrill

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2009 Fred Rose
2009 Will Norton, Jr.
2009 Gene Morris
2009 Shirley Bogue
2009 Norris Alfred
2008 Alan Cunningham McIntosh
2008 J. Alan Cramer
2008 Zean E. Carney
2007 Elia Wilkinson Peattie
2007 Frank L. Partsch
2007 George Miller
2007 Mildred Brown
2006 Lee Warneke
2006 Bud Pagel
2006 Burt James
2006 Viola Drath
2006 Bob Bogue
2005 Gilbert Savery
2005 Kenneth Rhoades
2005 Robert Pinkerton
2005 Keith Blackledge
2004 Carroll, “Cal” Stewart
2004 Jerry Huse
2004 Ronald R. Furse
2004 John F. Edgecombe, Sr.
2003 Henry Trysla
2003 Reed O’Hanlon Jr.
2003 Sterling H. McCaw
2003 Will Owens Jones
2002 Allen D. Strunk
2002 Eugene Robb
2002 Charles Moore
2002 Walter Christenson
2001 Jack Thompson
2001 John G. Neihardt
2001 Loral Johnson
2001 Earle “Buddy” Bunker
2000 Jack Pollock
2000 Paul F. Wagner
2000 Charles Summer “Cy” Sherman

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1999 Harvey Newbranch
1999 William Mccleery
1999 Fred A. Seaton
1998 Emil W. Reutzel, Jr.
1998 J. Sterling Morton
1997 Barney Oldfield
1997 Willa Cather
1997 William J. Bryan
1995 Don Bryant
1994 Jack Tarr
1994 Tom Allan
1993 Neale Copple
1993 Mentor Brown
1992 Jim Raglin
1992 Henry Mead
1990 Reva Evans
1990 W. F. Cramb

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1989 Jack Lowe
1988 Mary Packwood
1988 Gregg McBride
1988 Harold W. Andersen
1987 Lester A. Walker
1987 Joe R. Seacrest
1987 Ruth Best Pagel
1987 Gene Kemper
1987 Tyler Edgecombe
1987 Glenn A. Buck

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1975 John Hyde Sweet
1975 Harry D. Strunk
1975 Emerson R. Purcell
1975 Dr. George L. Miller
1975 Walt Mason
1975 Earl M. Marvin
1975 John Alexander MacMurphy
1975 James E. Lawrence
1975 Gene Huse
1975 Edgar Howard
1975 Gilbert M. Hitchcock
1975 Charles H. Gere
1975 Art C. Gardner
1975 Frank 0. Edgecombe
1975 August F. Buechier
1975 Dr. A. L. Bixby
1975 Bess Furman Armstrong
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