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The Mississippi Press Association Board of Directors established the MPA Hall of Fame in January 1986 with the first honorees inducted during the 120th anniversary convention.

Nominees must have made his or her journalistic reputation in Mississippi or have been a leader in the field of journalism who is a native Mississippian. They must have been involved with the field for at least 10 years and may be living or deceased.

Each member newspaper is allowed up to two nominations per year. The selection of honorees is made by committee each spring. Beginning in 2005, the committee is comprised of the current MPA president, two recent past presidents and two previous recipients.

1986
James Duncan "Jimmy" Arrington Sr. (1908-1957)
Hodding Carter Jr. (1907-1972)
Turner Catledge (1907-1972)
J. Oliver Emmerich Sr. (1886-1978)
Delmus C. Harden (1911-1977)
William Henry Harris Sr. (1925-1975)
George McLean (1904-1983)
Paul Pittman (1931-1983)
Dr. Samuel S. Talbert (1917-1972)

1987
Joseph F. Ellis Jr. (1921-1997)
George H. Keith (1925-1994)
Clifton L. Langford (1908-1972)
Hazel Brannon Smith (1914-1994)
 
1988
Leonard Lowery (1921-1982)
Harry Rutherford (1914-1977)
Lester L. Williams (1902-1976)

1989
Louis P. Cashman Sr. (1886-1961)
Hal C. DeCell (1924-1988)
William Ormsby Rutledge Jr. (1910-1989)

1990
Edgar G.  Harris (1876-1953)
W.C. "Dub" Shoemaker

1991
Henry F. Meyer (1912-2000)
Wilson F. "Bill" Minor
Lawrence Waring (1920-1999)

1992
Charles Butler Gordon (1909-1982)
O.C. McDavid (1911-1998)
Robert P. McHugh (1917-1998)
 
1993
Ira Harkey Sr. (1918-2007)
Purser Hewitt (1906-1986)
James H. Skewes (1888-1958)

1994
Alyne Carter Rogers Arrington (1911-1988)
Erle Johnston (1917-1995)
John South Lewis (1914-2003)

1995
Phillip Earl "Moon" Mullen (1913-1986)

1996
S. Gale Denley (1936-2008)
John O. Emmerich Jr. (1929-1995)

1997
Norman A. Mott Jr.

1998
Dr. Frank Buckley (1914-1998)
Ellis Cuevas

1999
Felix LaBauve (1909-1879)
Charles M. Dunagin
Jack L. Tannehill (1913-1968)

2000
Ronald Harrist
Jesse P. Phillips
William Raspberry (1935-2012)

2001
Charles Overby
Sidney L. Salter

2002
Louis P. Cashman Jr. (1916-1987)
Gene McDavid

2003
Norman Van Liew

2005
Mildred Dearman (1923-2009)
Stanley Dearman

2006
Daniel Phillips (1957-2005)

2007
Rubye Del Harden

2008
Edgar T. Crisler (1935-1997)
Murphy Weir (1909-1978)

2009
Jim Abbott

2011
Louis P. "Pat" Cashman III

2012
David Hampton
Patsy Speights (1945-2015)

2013
Norma Lee Fields (1923-2010)

*Inductions were not made in 2004, 2010, 2014-15
 

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