Alumnus tapped for journalism Hall of Fame

West, RandyUIndy graduate Randy West of Corydon is among six people selected for induction in April into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.

West was editor and chief photographer of the Corydon Democrat for 35 years, leading the newspaper to a whopping 14 Blue Ribbon Awards from the Hoosier State Press Association as the state’s best nondaily newspaper. The paper is owned by the family of former Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon, one of the people who hired West in 1970.

West graduated from UIndy (then Indiana Central University) in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He was teaching journalism at Corydon Central High School when he decided to enter the profession.

Past inductees of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame include such luminaries as Ernie Pyle and Jane Pauley. Along with West, the 2010 induction class will include Tom Cochrun, longtime reporter and anchor for WISH-TV and WTHR-TV in Indianapolis.

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