Future and Awards Lunch

Friday, Jan 26, 2024
Scottsdale JW Marriot Camelback Inn
Arizona Ball Room

Doors open at 10:30am | Program runs 11am-1:30pm
Attire is Business Casual

Are you ready for Arizona’s biggest-ever event to support local media?

We’re confident the Arizona Media Future and Awards Lunch will leave you both inspired and prepared to tackle all the twists ahead in 2024.

This first-of-its-kind Arizona local media event will deliver four key things:

1. Induct five Arizona media legends into our Hall of Fame: Kit Atwell, Bruce Cooper, Al Macias, Terri Ouellette, Floyd Simmons.

2. Introduce our Arizona Local News Foundation and debut its dramatic investment in local media + cover how you can apply for support!

3. Announce two brand new programs from our Arizona Media Association to support the state’s local media.

4. Create the biggest networking opportunity in recent memory for the entire Arizona radio, TV, print and digital community

All tickets and sponsorships are tax-deductible in support of programs funded by our Arizona Local News Foundation.


Our new Hall of Fame inductees include:

Kit Atwell has been a champion of Arizona newspapers for almost 50 years. Starting out as a typesetter, she’s grown to hold roles including publisher, executive vice-president, and CEO before retiring in 2021 from Prescott-based Western News&Info as the Publisher and Vice President. Kit has been a lead champion of Arizona community newspapers over the years, helping them to thrive and innovate. She was especially instrumental in the industry conversions to desktop and then online publishing. Kit’s career has spanned many Arizona newspapers including the Yuma Daily Sun, Mohave Valley News, Kingman Daily Miner, Prescott Valley Tribune, Chino Valley Review, and the Prescott Daily Courier. She’s also served on the board of directors of the Arizona Newspapers Association with a deep passion for defending local journalism. Known widely as someone who pulls out the best from every employee, Kit’s career has made a lasting impact on local journalism, community newspapers and the future of our shared business.

Bruce Cooper is one of the most legendary sportscasters in the state of Arizona. He worked at 12News in Phoenix for 34 years, starting in the mail room and working his way up to lead sports anchor and sports director before retiring in 2020. Affectionally known as “Coop” by colleagues, athletes and viewers, he is best known as the face of Arizona high school football, hosting Friday Night Fever for more than 30 years. During his career, Coop has covered just about every significant sporting event involving Arizona, including the 1993 Suns championship run, Arizona State’s Rose Bowl season in 1996, the Diamondbacks World Series victory in 2001 and the Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl appearance 2009. Coop is also a huge community advocate. He was a driving force behind the 12News Turkey Tuesday charity drive for over 20 years and continues to support St. Vincent de Paul, now working in a part-time role for community outreach. Loved by players, coaches, sports fans, and by an even broader coalition of community supporters, Bruce Cooper is a true model for local media leadership.

Al Macias is a lifelong Arizonan who has built deep roots in the local journalism industry over a nearly 50-year career. After graduating from ASU with a degree in broadcast communications, Al first pursued a career as a TV reporter. He quickly rose to positions of leadership and became a mentor to countless journalists while working at Phoenix TV stations 3TV, 12News and ABC15. Al then spent nearly 12 years as the News Director and Managing Editor for KJZZ-FM in Phoenix, an NPR news station. At KJZZ, Al worked with seven other stations to launch the regional Fronteras Desk, a collaborative reporting project that amplified coverage of border issues, immigration and the changing face of the Southwest. He oversaw dramatic growth for KJZZ, which expanded into Mexico, becoming the only public-radio station in the U.S. with international bureaus. In addition to his day job, Al also became a founding member and president of the Arizona Latino Media Association and adjunct professor at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School, gaining a reputation as both a strong defender of press freedoms and staunch advocate for local news.

Terri Ouellette is a household name across Arizona for her long career in both TV news and lifestyle programming. Affectionately known as Terri O, she began her career at 3TV in Phoenix helping to build one of the most successful morning news programs in America, Good Morning Arizona, alongside hosting and producing Home with Terri O during the late 1990s and early 2000s.  She later launched a syndicated television brand and production company, hosting and producing multiple shows. As an entrepreneur, Terri used her talents for media tours across the country and internationally, producing content for manufacturing companies and also hosting numerous infomercials. Terri joined Phoenix’s ABC15 in 2012 to co-host the morning lifestyle program Sonoran Living where she continues her work today. Beyond TV, Terri’s compassion is well known in Arizona.  She regularly emcees events that help children and veterans and for over a decade has been one of the driving forces behind the ABC15 Salutes Arizona Veterans program. Terri has also been awarded multiple Emmys for hosting and producing and has written a book, reinforcing the amazing versatility and skill Terri O has for bringing our Arizona community together.

Floyd Simmons has spent an amazing 30 years working in radio and local media production across the White Mountains of Arizona. From host to manager and GM to owner, Floyd has held almost every job available in the local media world, but he is perhaps most well-known for his coverage of local sports. Floyd has called nearly 2,000 broadcasts of local games and has a deep passion for covering his local community.  He’s also the voice for the Arizona Rattlers and leads a production company that does the live video production for both the Rattlers and Tucson Sugar Skulls Indoor Football. Floyd even does the play-by-play for the annual Indoor Football League National Championship game. Floyd has touched many more lives in his community than the average person might realize. In 2012, Floyd began working on the Northland Basketball project on the Navajo Nation. He has brought much deserved attention and recognition to Navajo youth, helping turn many of them into sports superstars through his work and media coverage. Floyd epitomizes the role of local broadcasters as a community connector.


Complete Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Rex Allen
Tom Chauncey
Dick Gilbert
John R. “Jack” Williams

Virginia Mittendorf
Willard Shoecraft
“Wallace & Ladmo Show”

Lew King
Homer Lane
George Wallace, Jr.

Bill Lester
Jack Murphy
Buck Owens

Steve Allen
Jewell Lewis
Ray Smucker

Chuck Blore
Jeanne Metzger Michael
John Redfield

Joe Crystall
Joe Dana
Bea Hoeksema
Ira Lavin

Ken Heady
Delbert Lewis
Mary Jo West

Gene Autry
Guy Christian
Bill Close
Jack Jacobson

Bob Ellis
Larry Schnebly
Lee Shoblom
Ray Thompson

Dick De Angelis
Gary Edens
Frank Kalil
Joe Tabback

Rita Davenport
Ray Odom
Jim Slone

C.E. “Pep” Cooney
Phyllis Ehlinger
Lou Silverstein

Karl Eller
Larry John
Jack Parris

Jack Clifford
Bill Heywood
Al McCoy
Jon Ruby

Pat McMahon
Bill Miller
Roy Track
Charlie Van Dyke

Bob Allingham
Hugh Downs
Norm Ginsburg
Marge Injasoulian

Chuck Artigue
Bob Lee
Beth McDonald

Jim Arnold
Ron Bergamo
Betty Waters
Preston Westmoreland
Gary Steven Woodworth

Kent Dana
Bud Foster
W. Steven Martin
Dave Pratt

Guy Atchley
Ned Foster
Joe Garagiola, Sr.

Bill Austin
Patti Kirkpatrick
Tim Hattrick
Willy D. Loon

Tom Chauncey II
Brian Jefferies
Linda Turley

Lin Sue Cooney
Jack Miller
Bill Phalen
Bobby Rich

Sharon Kelley
Ray Lindstrom
Todd Wallace
Linda Williams

Bill Buckmaster
Tom Dillon
Maurie Helle
Barry Young

Jineane Ford
Bill Mortimer
Dave Munsey
Jim Taszarek “Taz”

Jan D’Atri
Bob Davies
Steve Goddard
Allen Kath
Michael Owens

Art Brooks
J.D. Freeman
“Johnjay & Rich”
Donna Rossi

Loy Engelhardt
Marty Manning
Ernesto Portillo

Jim Cross
Larry Daniels
Jeanne-Marie Condo

Mark Curtis
Susan Karis
Scott Vaughan

Complete Arizona Newspapers Hall of Fame

William Wrightson, Tubac Arizonian

John P. Clum, Tombstone Epitaph

John William “Uncle Billy” Spear, The Arizona Republic

George H. Kelly, Douglas International and Arizona Historical Review

Anson H. Smith, Mohave County Miner

Allan B. Jaynes, Tucson Daily Citizen

Fred S. Breen, Coconino Sun, Flagstaff

Carmel Giragi, Holbrook Tribune-News and Winslow Mail

Edward C. Cross, Weekly Arizonian, Tubac


Alfred F. Banta, Nine Arizona Newspapers

Judge Aaron H. Hackney, Arizona Silver Belt, Globe

Curt Miller, Tempe Daily News
John Wasson, Tucson Citizen

William Hattich, Tombstone Epitaph
V.P. Richards, Holbrook Tribune-News

Douglas D. Martin, U of A Journalism Department

Clayton A. Smith, Tombstone Epitaph

Harold H. Wrenn, Pinal County Publications

Charles F. Willis, Pay Dirt, Phoenix

Columbus Giragi, Coconino Sun, Flagstaff

William R. Mathews, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson
Mulfod Winsor, Editor, historian

Anna B. Anderson, Arizona News, Phoenix

Eugene C. Pulliam, Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette
Ernest B. Douglas, Arizona Farmer-Ranchman, Phoenix

Donald F. Bolles, The Arizona Republic
Pierson W. Dooner, The Weekly Arizonan
Dwight B. Heard, The Arizona Republican
Frank E. Johnson, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson
Jonathan Marshall, The Scottsdale Daily Progress
Harry Montgomery, Arizona Republic / Phoenix Gazette
J. Morris Richards, The Winslow Mail
Hanson Ray Sisk, Nogales Herald
Charles Thornton, Arizona Republic
Milton Wick, Wick Newspapers

James “Jim” Garner, The Daily Courier, Prescott
C.R. “Dick” Waters, Mohave Valley Daily News

Donovan M. Kramer, Sr., Casa Grande Newspapers
Donald N. Soldwedel, Western Newspapers Inc.
Bernard J. “Jack” Smyth, Independent Newspapers

William Shover , Arizona Republic & Phoenix Gazette
Hugh Harelson , Arizona Highways, U of A

C. Donald Hatfield, Tucson Citizen

Diana Creighton, Arizona News Services, Inc.
Donald W. Carson, Professor Emeritus, U of A

Paul Barger, Holbrook Tribune-News
L. Alan Cruikshank, Fountain Hills Times

Cloves Campbell Sr., Arizona Informant
Bruce Itule, Arizona State University
Walter and Robert Wick, Wick Communications Co.

Bill & Darlene Toops, Pueblo Publishing

Brendan FitzSimons, Wick Communications
Chris Limberis, Arizona Daily Star & Tucson Weekly
Elvira Espinoza, La Voz
Luis Manuel Ortiz, La Voz

Kevin Cloe, Wickenburg Sun
Josephine Brawley Hughes, Arizona Daily Star

While the AMA is in the process of relaunching its awards program, we accept broadcast nominations year-round!
Broadcasters Hall of Fame                    Broadcasters Newcomer of the Year

Inquiries about nominations for the Arizona Newspapers Hall of Fame can be made to lisa@azmedia.org.