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Cal Poly Journalism Presents the Mustang Media Hall of Fame

Robert Kennedy

Robert Kennedy

Cal Poly professor and administrator, El Mustang adviser and university public relations director, this former reporter helped to found the Journalism Department. Kennedy served as Cal Poly’s president from 1967 to 1979, a period of tremendous growth. A standing tribute to his legacy is the campus library that bears his name.

INAUGURAL YEAR 2016
 


Bruce McPherson

Student at video monitor

Former California Secretary of State, state representative and senator, McPherson was an El Mustang student reporter before rising through the ranks at the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the newspaper founded by his grandfather, and then launching a successful career in politics that continues to this day. He now represents the 5th District on the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors.

INAUGURAL YEAR 2016
 


George Ramos

Student at video monitor

A key contributor to three Pulitzer Prizes won by the Los Angeles Times, Ramos was a Mustang Daily sports editor and editor-in-chief; Vietnam veteran; Los Angeles Times reporter, editor and columnist; and Cal Poly Journalism Department chair. He was instrumental in founding the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Chicano News Media Association.

INAUGURAL YEAR 2016
 


Al Yankovic

Student at video monitor

Known professionally as “Weird Al” Yankovic, this four-time Grammy winner is the best-selling comedy recording artist in history. The former KCPR-FM student DJ famously recorded his first breakout hit, “My Bologna,” at Cal Poly. He has just completed a wildly successful Mandatory World Tour following the release in 2015 of his No. 1 album, Mandatory Fun.

INAUGURAL YEAR 2016
 


 

The purpose of the Journalism Department's Mustang Media Hall of Fame is:

  • To honor and acknowledge those individuals who have made significant contributions to the student media organizations in the Journalism Department or those who have used their student media experience to launch successful careers. This includes alumni, faculty and staff who have been active participants in El Mustang, Mustang Daily, Mustang News, KCPR, CPTV or CCPR.
  • To recognize the value of having a vibrant student media operation at the center of the Journalism Department’s Learn by Doing curriculum.
  • To engage honorees, the campus and the community in important conversations about journalism integrity at the Jim Hayes Symposium and other Journalism Department events where inductees will be honored.
  • To advance the profile of student media and the Journalism Department.

Guidelines for Nominations:

Nominees may be Cal Poly alumni, faculty or staff who embody the power of Learn by Doing. The university considers alumni to be anyone who attended Cal Poly; they do not need to be graduates of Cal Poly. Honorees may be inducted posthumously, but those who are still with us would be expected to attend the induction event. We seek nominees who have:

  • Participated in El Mustang, Mustang Daily, Mustang News, KCPR, CPTV, or CCPR
  • Distinguished themselves in their profession or element of prominence
  • Demonstrated social responsibility in giving back to their profession, community or Cal Poly

Please click here to access the nomination form.
 

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