July 2016
In This Issue
Board of Directors


Ed Byers
Medical Mutual

Vice President
Thom Fladung
Hennes Communications 

Amy McGahan
Dix & Eaton 

Carol Kovach
Diocese of Cleveland 


Rita Andolsen

John Betchkal
Retired, GE Lighting 

Mary Lou Brink
The Plain Dealer

Toni Garbo
Fox 8 News

Jennifer Keirn
Keirn & Co
Russ Mitchell
Russ Mitchell

Lee Moran
The News-Herald 

Kathleen Osborne
Hathaway Brown School 

Mary Patton
Patton Public Relations 

Denise Polverine

Joe Pulizzi
Content Marketing Institute 

Todd Schneider

Past President

Michael Bennett
Cleveland Leadership Center 

Lynn Bracic
Professional Management Concepts, Inc. 
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From the President - Ed Byers

July greetings!

On Friday, June 24, The Press Club of Cleveland Board of Directors unanimously endorsed a recommendation report from the Hall of Fame Selection Committee for inductees into the Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 and Chuck Heaton Award.
The report was enthusiastically received and approved by the Board, with no dissenting votes.
Those being inducted into the Hall on November 10 are:
Steven Litt - Plain Dealer Art and Architecture Critic
Elizabeth McIntyre - Editor/Publisher, Crain's Cleveland Business
Michael K. McIntyre - Columnist, Plain Dealer and Host, WCPN 90.3 Sound of Ideas
Eva Parziale - Associated Press Bureau Chief, Ohio and Michigan
Romona Robinson - Anchor, WOIO CBS 19 Anchor
George Shuba - Iconic Cleveland Photojournalist
The 2016 Chuck Heaton Award Recipient is Danita Harris, veteran news anchor at WEWS TV5, whose contributions to the community are remarkable.
What makes this year's class unique is the induction of Elizabeth and Michael K. McIntyre, the first wife-husband inductees to enter the Hall together since Ralph and Terry Koval were inducted in 2010.
I would like to thank the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, which includes several Hall of Famers and a Heaton Award recipient for their efforts in finalizing this year's slate from a long list of worthy nominees submitted by Press Club Members.
Read on. The bios of the Class of 2016 follows this column.
We hope to see you at the ceremonies, November 10 at LaCentre in Westlake.

2016 Press Club of Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame Inductees and Chuck Heaton Award Recipient
Steven Litt, Art and Architecture Critic, The Plain Dealer
Steven Litt has been the art and architecture critic of The Plain Dealer since 1991. He joined the PD after covering art and architecture for The News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, from 1984 to 1991. Litt holds a B.A. in art, Brown University, and M.A. in journalism, Columbia University. As a working journalist, he studied architecture and planning at North Carolina State University, and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he spent a year as a Michigan Journalism Fellow.

Elizabeth McIntyre
Publisher/Editor, Crain's Cleveland Business
McIntyre is Publisher/Editor of Crain's Cleveland Business. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, McIntyre spent 20 years at The Plain Dealer, starting as a copy editor in 1990. Over the next two decades she took on added responsibilities in the newsroom. She served as assistant managing editor before being named deputy managing editor in 2007. In that role, she directed the news operations of the Metro, Business, Sports and Features departments.
McIntyre started her career in journalism as a copy editor at The Morning Journal in Lorain. A Youngstown native, McIntyre is married to 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee and Plain Dealer columnist Mike McIntyre, who also hosts "The Sound of Ideas" on 90.3 WCPN.
The McIntyres met at The Morning Journal and married in 1991 after both had moved to The Plain Dealer. They live in Rocky River with their son, Aidan, age 16, and daughter, Maura, age 13.
Michael K. McIntyre - The Plain Dealer/WCPN 90.3
Michael K. McIntyre Writes the Tipoff and Laugh Track columns in The Plain Dealer and on Cleveland.com and hosts "The Sound of Ideas" at 9 a.m. weekdays on WCPN 90.3 FM. He was honored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in 2011 as recipient of the national "Herb Caen Memorial Award" for "Tipoff." "The Sound of Ideas" was honored with a second place prize in the National Headliner awards for public affairs broadcasting.
Eva Parziale, AP Chief of Bureau for Ohio and Michigan, Regional Director - AP East
Euclid native, Eva Parziale, is the AP chief of bureau for Ohio and Michigan and the Regional Director for AP East.

Before becoming bureau chief for AP Ohio in 1999, Parziale's assignments included correspondent in Portland, Maine; news editor in Columbia, S.C.; assistant chief of bureau in Kansas City, and bureau chief in Portland, Ore.  She joined the AP in San Francisco in 1984. Parziale is a member of The Ohio Coalition for Open Government and the Journalism Alumni Advisory Board at Bowling Green State University. A native of Euclid, Ohio, she graduated from Bowling Green State University and has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. 

Romona Robinson - WOIO CBS 19
Eight-time Emmy Award winner Romona Robinson is the 4, 6 & 11 p.m. anchor of WOIO CBS 19. One of the most respected and admired journalists in Northeast Ohio, she began her career in Cleveland in 1988 by becoming the first black woman to anchor an evening newscast on WUAB-TV's 10 p.m. news. Before joining the CBS 19 news team, Romona made history by being named the first woman in Cleveland to solo anchor evening newscasts at Channel 3 News. Including her Emmys, Romona has many prestigious awards. In 2011, she was awarded the YWCA's Women of Achievement and The Diversity in Media Award. Romona holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.
George Shuba - Iconic Cleveland Photojournalist
Press Club of Cleveland Hall of Famer and Rock journalist Jane Scott dubbed him: "The Grandfather of Rock and Roll Photography." Shuba, a 1955 Rhodes High graduate, learned his photojournalism craft while serving in the US Air Force but received his big break when radio station WHK asked him to document the Beatles' arrival in Cleveland, September 14, 1964. He was the only photographer on the scene when the Beatles landed at Hopkins Airport. It was the beginning of a long, distinguished career in which he photographed for radio stations WHK, WIXY and WKYC, TV stations WEWS and WKYC, the Cleveland Press, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sun Newspapers and The Catholic Universe Bulletin. From 1964 to 1975 George photographed over 500 bands, celebrities and musicians. Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acknowledged his vast contribution to the genre with a special exhibit honoring his photos in October of 2008.
Chuck Heaton Award Recipient 2016
Danita Harris - News Anchor WEWS TV 5
Danita Harris is an extraordinary community servant. In a very determined way, she fuses her news career with her Christian ministry and her deep community involvement - and the result is uniquely Danita. She is a busy motivational speaker who speaks regularly at conferences and women's ministry events throughout Northeast Ohio. Danita recently became a board member of the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center. She has made this commitment, she explains, because, "I am passionate about raising awareness around this issue."  She also gives away huge heaps of her private time to work with young people. She is active in WEWS's shadow program that allows high school students to spend the day with a broadcast professional. Danita Harris understands the power of the media and does all she can to wield that power to support young people and push them to success.
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