A leading voice in environmental journalism, a tenacious political reporter and columnist, the leader of marketing and communications at Central Michigan University, and Muskegon's preeminent photojournalist will be inducted into CMU's Journalism Hall of Fame on Nov. 14.
Alumni, faculty, staff and students will celebrate the careers of these inductees:
Tom Henry, author and environmental reporter at The Blade in Toledo;
- Sherry Knight, CMU's associate vice president of university communications;
Peter Luke, former Booth Newspapers political reporter and columnist; and
Ken Stevens, a multimedia specialist at MLive Muskegon Chronicle,
who died unexpectedly last fall.
The 13th annual event also will honor the 1985-86 staff of Central Michigan Life, the university's student newspaper. The 2014 CM Life staff will be recognized for winning the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award and for being named College Newspaper of the Year by the College Media Business and Advertising Managers.
The event begins at 5 p.m. on campus in the Powers Ballroom.
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More than 20 years ago, Tom Henry, '81, created the environmental beat at the Toledo Blade. With a degree in journalism and political science, Tom has written about topics such as harmful algal blooms, nuclear power and complex issues facing the Great Lakes region. Besides reporting for The Blade, Henry also authors a blog, "Ripple Effect," which explores issues critical to Michigan's water resources. Henry was keynote speaker at the 2012 Great Lakes Water Conference and frequently provides commentary for radio and television programs. His work has been recognized by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and the Ohio Environmental Council.
After serving as editor-in-chief of CMU's Central Michigan Life, Sherry Knight, '86, reported on the environment and Naval Academy for the Annapolis Capital and covered prisons and a local National Guard unit in Saudi Arabia for the Jackson Citizen Patriot. She then worked in communications for Ameritech, including in the lead role in Michigan, and in 1996 founded an executive communications firm serving clients in sectors such as education and health care. As leader of University Communications at CMU since 2012, she directs its marketing, web and digital communications, branding and reputational strategies, public relations, creative services, and internal communications.
Legislators on both sides of the aisle agree that Peter Luke, '83, is one of the best, most respected journalists they've worked with at the State Capitol. Serving two decades in the Lansing Bureau of Booth Newspapers and MLive, Luke's skills and keen eye gave context and meaning to his work. Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm said in her letter of nomination: "He had the courage to write the story that needed to be told, to reject a story that failed to meet the standard of newsworthiness and demonstrated the leadership so important to the profession, particularly among the new generation of reporters following in his footsteps."
From developing film in the CM Life darkroom to creating a new path as a multimedia specialist at the Muskegon Chronicle, Ken Stevens was a consummate professional. Six months before his untimely death in October 2014, Stevens, '85,
was honored as
journalism department's Alumnus of the Year for mentoring young photographers and news interns.
Working in Muskegon 28 years,
Stevens recreated his career when MLive Media Group launched in early 2012, developing an online digital operation including video. Through it all, Stevens had a gift for capturing intimate, noteworthy moments in the lives of the residents of Muskegon, caring for everyone he met along the way.
For more information about the hall of fame, contact Dave Clark, director of student publications, at 989-774-1678 or