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Michigan Journalism Hall Of Fame Inductees Include WXYZ-TV’s Carolyn Clifford and WWJ-AM’s Jeff Gilbert

April 19, 2024

Broadcast inductees into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame ceremonies surrounded by colleagues and friends. WXYZ-TV's Carolyn Clifford on the left, WWJ-AM's Jeff Gilbert on the right.   Photo credits: Linda Solomon/WXYZ-TV, Cheri Kovalski/Facebook.

This past Sunday (4/14), ceremonies were held at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing to induct six media professionals into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.  Among those honored are two broadcasters:  WXYZ-TV anchor Carolyn Clifford and WWJ-AM automotive reporter Jeff Gilbert.

The Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame recognizes reporters, editors, publishers, owners, photographers, broadcasters, educators, and others who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. The Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame was established to recognize those who have advanced the legacy of a free and responsible press and who have inspired others to improve the quality of the profession.

It acknowledges the service and dedication of individuals whose distinguished contributions to the profession in their communities, regions or the state have earned them a place in the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. Induction memorializes extraordinary and clearly outstanding careers. From its beginnings in 1952 by the Newspaper Hall of Fame, the Journalism Hall of Fame has continued the tradition of honoring journalists since 1985.

The six inductees for the 2024 class of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame are:

Molly Abraham: Detroit News & Detroit Free Press restaurant reviewer, she set the table for Detroit dining.  Abraham passed way in April 2023.

John Bebow: Investigative reporter launched the Center for Michigan and Bridge Michigan.

Carolyn Clifford-Goss: WXYZ-TV journalist and anchor, this Detroiter has won 22 Emmys.

Eric Freedman: Detroit News Pulitzer winner; directs MSU Knight Center for Environmental Journalism.

Jeff Gilbert: Only radio journalist in the United States to cover the auto industry full-time.

Larry Lee: Built Gongwer News Service into the authority on Michigan government.

Our congratulations to all the inductees honored this past Sunday.

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