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Mike Cherry
               Florida Today
               Sports writer
               Covered high school sports
               Co-hosted "Today in Brevard
                Sports" for TV and online
               Also covered athletics at
                Marshall University (his alma
                mater) and West Virginia
                University for the Charleston
                Gazette and the Charleston
                Daily Mail
               Died June 7, 2010
Dick Evans
              The Miami Herald
              Sports Writer (bowling)
              Worked at The Herald since 1945;
               “go-for” chores at 14 included
               running greyhound results and
               writing tight headlines
              Was the first daily newspaper
               reporter inducted into the
               Professional Bowlers Association's
               Hall of Fame.
              In “retirement,” Evans won a
               national award for bowling
               coverage at the Daytona Beach
               News-Journal, for which he wrote
               until his death
              Died July 4, 2010
Claire Mitchel
              The Miami Herald
              Columnist, who wrote “The Third
               Third,” a fixture for those 60 and
               older for almost a quarter of a
              Began as a writer with The
               Washington Post, which led to a
               brush with history when she met
               Eleanor Roosevelt
              Died Jan. 5, 2011
Bea Moss
            The Miami Herald
            Community Columnist,
             among other roles
            Was Managing Editor of
             Coral Gables Times/Guide,
             from 1975-1977
            Worked for The Guide and
             The Herald since 1964
            Shared in the Herald's 1993
             Pulitzer Prize for Hurricane
             Andrew coverage
            A mention in her column
             meant a person or
             organization “had arrived.”
            Retired, again, in 2007
            Died July 5, 2010
Roberto Suárez
            The Miami Herald / El Nuevo
            President, Publisher, General
            Began as a Herald mailroom clerk
             in 1961 after fleeing Cuba with $5
             in his pocket
            General Manager for The Charlotte
             Observer, 1970s, before returning
             to Miami
            Launched El Nuevo Herald in 1987
            Was awarded 1989’s John S.
             Knight Gold Medal, Knight Ridder’s
             highest professional honor
            Retired 1995
            Died July 7, 2010
Clarke Ash
              The Palm Beach Post
              Former editorial page editor
              Held same position for sister paper,
               The Miami News, which won three
               Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage of
               the Cuban Missile Crisis; and two
               for editorial cartoons by Don
               Wright, later at the Post
              A World War II veteran, he piloted
               eight missions over Europe
              Earned the Air Medal for
               exceptional duty in combat
              Began as reporter at the Dayton
               Daily News
              Died Jan. 29, 2011
Sam Diaz
            The Ledger
            Circulation director for 25 years
            Began his newspaper career in
             1969 as a circulation manager for
             the St. Petersburg Times
            Briefly worked as circulation
             director at the Houma Daily Courier
             in Louisiana
            Retired editor Skip Perez applauded
             his achievements in record-level
            Died Jan. 28, 2011
Margaret “Peg” Dow
             The Florida Times-Union
             Copy editor for 20 years in
              Features Department
             “I’m constantly amazed that I am
              paid a salary for doing something
              I enjoy so much,” she said
             First worked for the New York
              State Press Association and the
              New York Publishers Association
             Also reported for the weekly
              Clifton Springs (N.Y.) Press and
              spent two years in New York City
              on the staff of Forth
             Died March 1, 2011
Bette Orsini
                St. Petersburg Times
                Investigative reporter who won
                 numerous national awards
                Her 14-part series on the Church
                 of Scientology won a 1980
                 Pulitzer Prize
                Worked 41 years at the paper,
                "Every cliche, including the one
                 about the bulldog that gets ahold
                 of an ankle and won't let go, was
                 true of her," said former Times
                 executive editor Bob Haiman
                Died March 26, 2011
Bobby Barnes
                St. Augustine Record
                News typist
                Former Linotype operator
                Worked at the Record since
                 1964, becoming assistant to the
                 editor in 2001
                Loved his Florida Gators and St.
                 Augustine High School football
                Died April 9, 2011
William “Bo” Bobo
                 The Miami Herald
                 Copy Editor
                 Worked at the paper
                  from 1966-2001
                 Was the slot on the
                  legendary crew of
                  The Street Edition
                 He also sent more
                  than a few new
                  reporters home
                  empty-handed after a
                  “friendly” invitation to
                  play poker.
                 Died April 10, 2011
Fred Turner
               South Florida Sun Sentinel
               Sports Editor (1980-2005)
               The Patriot Ledger
               News Reporter, City Editor,
                Sports Editor (1973-1980)
               Turner’s Sun Sentinel’s Sports
                Department was twice selected
                among top 10 nationally
               “Fred-isms” included “We don't
                just put left-handed doors on
                Chevy's all day around here!”
               Died April 11, 2011
Jessie-Lynne Kerr
              The Florida Times-Union (1964-
              Staten Island Advance (1953-
              First female reporter to cover
               Jacksonville courts
              Chronicled three-year cancer battle
              Self-described "tough old broad"
               who raised three generations of
               reporters and editors
              Street outside T-U named “Jessie-
               Lynne Kerr Parkway”
              Media room for new courthouse
               also will carry her name
              Died April 28, 2011
Robin Mitchell
             St. Petersburg Times (1986-2003)
             Evening Independent (1971-1986)
             Reporter, senior copy editor
             In addition to outstanding work,
              Mitchell was known for occasional,
              memorable pranks; one involved
              sending a stuffed duck head through
              pneumatic tubes to the fourth floor
             He had a deft touch as a writer and
              an eagle eye as a copy editor
             Retired 2003
             Died April 29, 2011
Jim McCartney
             Columnist for The Bradenton
              Herald in retirement
             Washington correspondent and
              columnist for Knight Ridder
             Specialized in foreign affairs and
              defense policy
             Started in Washington for Chicago
              Daily News
             Among many honors, his focus on
              the military resulted in a 1963-64
              Nieman Fellowship at Harvard
             His last column, March 27, was
              about the United States sacrificing
              its ideals for oil
             Died May 6, 2011
Rich Brooks
               The Herald-Tribune
               Long time columnist and editor
               Won first place in this year’s FSNE
               Battled ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s
                disease, for more than 15 years after
               Founding member of Lou Gehrig’s
                Disease Association of Southwest
               His last column in December was
                about a wedding toast for his 25-year-
                old son, Noah. "But it's neither money
                nor the stuff we acquire over our lives
                that makes us happy… It's the
                memories we create as a family… ”
               Died May 7, 2011
Gregory Lewis
             South Florida Sun Sentinel
             Reporter, mentor
             Covered the African-American
              community for a decade at the
              paper with grit and passion
             Previous stops in his 30-year career
              included the San Francisco
              Examiner, where he was known as
              “the mayor of the newsroom;”
              Washington, D.C.; Berkeley, Calif., at
              the Robert C. Maynard Institute of
              Journalism Education; and
              Greensboro, N.C., where he taught
              at North Carolina A&T while working
              as a reporter at the News & Record.
             Died May 17, 2011
Tom McEwen
              The Tampa Tribune
              Sports Editor and
              Wrote more than
               10,000 columns (1962
               to 2001)
              Won Red Smith Award,
              As a boy, delivered
               papers on horseback in
              Baseball great Ted
               Williams said of him, “I
               don’t like any sports
               writers. But I like Tom
              Died June 4, 2011
Peggy May
             Northwest Florida Daily News
             Reporter/editor for the paper for
              42 years
             Inducted into the Okaloosa
              County Women's Hall of Fame in
             Hired in 1963 at 35 as society
              editor and worked full time until
              age 77
             Famous as a grammarian, near
              the end, she corrected a nurse on
              the difference between “laying”
              and “lying” in her bed
             Her long time publisher, Tom
              Conner, said her work “shaped
              the community” for decades
             Died at 82, June 13, 2011
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