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Hall of Fame Awards

The Communication Department presents its Hall of Fame Awards in odd-numbered years to Buffalo State alumni who have achieved an outstanding level of acclaim and influence in communication at the national level. 

Inductees

2019
Frances L. Murphy II (deceased): Publisher, The Afro-American and retired Buffalo State associate professor of journalism

2017
Ed Feibischoff ’79: ESPN Producer

2015
Hon. Byron Brown: Mayor of the City of Buffalo

2013
Dianne Baumert-Moyik: Corporate Communication, Northrop Grumman

Russell Griffin: Entertainment Promotions and Management

2011
Paulette Marion Moore ’86: Freelance Director, Producer and Writer for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and PBS; Associate Professor, Eastern Mennonite University Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

2009
Don DePerro: Editor-Publisher; Media Advocate

2007
James Hill: ABC News Producer and Emmy Recipient

Frank Stasio: NPR Host and Producer

2005
Marcia Mulé: Television Producer; 3 Emmy Awards

Deborah Oppenheimer: Film & TV Producer; Academy Award Recipient

2003
Kevin Cusick: TV News Producer; 7 Emmy Awards

Lou Michel: Investigative Reporter; Author

2001
Maura Casey: New York Times Editorial Board Writer; Pulitzer Prize Rabbi Eric Greenberg Investigative Reporter

2000
Tom Fontana: TV Producer; 3 Emmy Awards and 4 Peabody Awards

Tom Calderone: President/CEO, Buffalo Toronto Public Media

Tom Shannon (deceased): Disc Jockey; Radio Pioneer

1998
Alden Schutte: Western New York Advertising Pioneer

Kevin O’Connell: TV Weather Reporter; 3 Emmy Award

Mark Francis: Newspaper Publisher

Dr. Julia Piquette

Dr. Robert Elmes

Joseph Roland