Twelve former Daily Texan staff members - including a former First Lady, the ultimate anchorman, Pulitzer Prize winners and an up-and-coming author -- have been selected for the inaugural Hall of Fame of UT Austin's 113-year-old student newspaper.
The Friends of The Daily Texan, Inc., the recently formed nonprofit association of alumni and other supporters, will host the Daily Texas Hall of Fame Reception and Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center.
The ceremony will celebrate the Legacy Class, staffers who worked on The Texan prior to 1960 and who have made singular national impact; the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 individuals for their work on The Texan and for distinguished careers since their time at UT; and the Rising Star, a former Texan staff member under 40 who has demonstrated both achievement and promise.
About the Legacy Class inductees:
Liz Carpenter was an author, congressional correspondent, activist and humorist. She is perhaps most remembered as press secretary to First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. She worked on The Daily Texan in the 1930s and was also elected the first woman vice president of student government.
Walter Cronkite, the legendary CBS anchorman, was proclaimed "the most trusted man in America." He volunteered for the Daily Texan while working for Capitol news organizations.
Lady Bird Johnson was "Claudia Taylor" when she wrote features for The Texan in the 1930s. After her marriage to Lyndon B. Johnson, she helped shape his political career, which led to the White House. After LBJ's presidency, she continued her passion for the environment and served as a UT regent.
Fritz Lanham was the founding editor of The Texan in 1900. He later served more than 30 years in Congress, authoring groundbreaking trademark legislation.
Helene Wilke McNaughton was the first female editor of The Daily Texan and helmed the publication during the controversial dismissal of UT President Homer Rainey. She later worked for Charm magazine in New York and the Houston Post.
Willie Morris's term as editor of The Daily Texan 1955-56 and his struggles against censorship are documented in his highly praised North Toward Home memoir. After The Texan, he was editor of The Texas Observer and Harper's and a best-selling novelist.
About the Class of 2013 and Rising Star:
Dick Elam, Texan editor from 1949-50, pushed for racial integration and fought hard against anticommunist hysteria. Publisher of several small newspapers, he brought real-world experience to UT's journalism faculty. After serving as assistant dean of the UT College of Communications, he joined the University of North Carolina's journalism program.
Karen Elliott House, managing editor of The Daily Texan in 1969, is former publisher of the Wall Street Journal and president of Dow Jones International. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her foreign affairs reporting.
Bill Moyers wrote for The Daily Texan in the 1950s. He was LBJ's White House press secretary and has had a storied career as commentator and host for PBS, including Bill Moyers Journal and Moyers & Co.
Ben Sargent, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, honed his craft penning cartoons for The Daily Texan before graduating in 1970. He was on-staff for The Austin American-Statesman for more than 30 years.
Karen Tumulty worked on The Texan in the 1970s and continues as an active supporter of the Friends of The Daily Texan. She is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post after serving as White House correspondent for Time Magazine.
Rising Star Bryan Mealer, who worked on The Daily Texan from 1996 to 1998, is a bestselling author including The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and All Things Must Fight to Live. His freelance pieces have appeared in Harpers, Esquire, Texas Monthly and the Associated Press.
The Friends of The Daily Texan is an association for alumni of The Daily Texan and others interested in promoting the publication's long-term sustainability as a site of student press innovation. Through mentorship, fundraising, networking and public education, Friends of The Daily Texan works alongside current Texan staffers to continue the publication's rich tradition of journalistic excellence into the future. For more information, go to www.texanfriends.org.