Wyoming’s newspapers have served as the heart of the state’s towns since its days as a territory, often being built securely in the center of the community. Their coverage of daily activities and events both locally and from around the country and globe continue to help prepare their readers to be informed and knowledgeable members of society.
The men and women honored by the WPA Foundation Hall of Fame for their significant contributions to Wyoming’s newspaper industry are named below. Each has been selected for induction based on their nomination by members of the industry and a review of their careers by a WPA Foundation Hall of Fame committee. The publishers, editors, ad directors and others found here represent the very best qualities of Wyoming newspaper people.
Wyoming Press Association Foundation
Hall of Fame Members
Listed by year of induction
Michael Sellett, publisher, Jackson Hole News&Guide
Pat Schmidt, publisher, Thermopolis Independent Record
Joe McGowan, bureau chief, Associated Press
Joe De Barthe, founder, Buffalo Bulletin
Mike and Pat Lindsey, publishers of numerous Wyoming newspapers
Nancy Shelton, Wyoming Press Association director
Robin Hurless, Casper Star-Tribune publisher
William C. Deming, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle publisher
J. Douglas Reeves, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle business manager
Dick Perue, Saratoga Sun publisher
J.E. Hanway, Natrona County Tribune publisher
Bill Hosokawa, Heart Mountain Sentinel editor
Diane Bonner, Powell Tribune
Asa Mercer, author, "Banditti of the Plains"
Francis Brammar, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle photographer
Jim Hicks, Buffalo Bulletin publisher
Robert Combs Warner, University of Wyoming photography instructor
Bob Peck, Riverton Ranger publisher
Ted O'Melia, Rawlins Daily Times, Northern Wyoming Daily News publisher
Cora Wanamaker, first woman publisher in Wyoming, Rocket-Miner
Wallace Biggs, Wyoming Press Association manager
Chuck Harkins, Casper Star-Tribune sports editor
Fred McCabe, Jackson Hole Guide publisher
Milton Chilcott, Sheridan Press publisher
Bruce Kennedy, founder of Sage Publishing
Tracy McCraken, Wyoming State Tribune, Wyoming Eagle publisher
Phil McAuley, Casper Star-Tribune reporter/editor;
Roy Peck, Riverton Ranger publisher
The Milton Chilcott Award is named after Milton Chilcott, the former publisher of The Sheridan Press who never shied away from court battles to make sure that public information remained available to the public. His battles led to landmark decisions that helped clarify and define Wyoming's government transparency laws.
Chilcott was the first to receive the award created in his honor in the mid 1980s. Since then, it has been awarded to only five others for their extraordinary efforts to make sure citizens have access to public information.
Wyoming Press Association
Milton Chilcott Award
Listed by year of induction
Jim Angell, former WPA Executive Director
Bruce T. Moats, WPA Attorney
Ann Turner, publisher of Gillette News-Record
Jim Wood, Wyoming Newspapers, Inc.
Ron Franscell, former publisher