RICHMOND, VA – Bob Brown, an NPPA member since 1971 and the senior photographer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame on April 21 at a ceremony in Richmond, VA, the first photojournalist to be so honored. He joins a select group of inductees that includes the late Douglas Southall Freeman, one of America’s major 20th century biographers, CBS News journalist Roger Mudd, and former U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr.
Brown began working for Richmond Newspapers in 1968 and has covered the Virginia General Assembly since 1970, producing a book,Capitol Comics, a humorous look at the legislature, in 1984. He left Richmond to become director of photography for the Charlotte News in 1979 and returned to the Times-Dispatch in 1981. He has been Virginia News Photographer of the year three times and has won various first-place awards in national, regional, and state competitions. In 1989, he was presented the Miley Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Virginia News Photographers Association. In 1992, he was named senior photographer for the Times-Dispatch, a position he still holds.
Other 2005 inductees were Donald A. Perry, a cable television pioneer; Larry Saunders, chairman of Max Media Radio Group; and Charles W. Sydnor Jr., president and CEO of Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corp.
The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Mass Communications, home to the Hall of Fame, hosts the annual banquet. – Jim Caiella