Tuesday, March 06, 2001

Journalists enter hall of fame

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The dean of Cincinnati baseball beat writers, the authority on the city police beat, and a longtime radio voice will be inducted into the Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame this year.

        Dayton Daily News baseball writer Hal McCoy, recently re tired Cincinnati Post reporter George Lecky and former WKRC-AM (550) radio news director Don Webb are this year's inductees.

        “These three inductees are consummate newsmen,” said Tim Bonfield, president of the Cincinnati chapter of the Society of professional Journalists.

        Mr. McCoy, 60, has covered the Cincinnati Reds since 1973 and has won 45 national and state writing awards, including six Ohio Sportswriter of the Year Awards.

        Mr. Lecky, who retired last year after 33 years at the Cincinnati Post, was the dean of police reporters in Cincinnati and earned a reputation for fairness by police and readers.

        Mr. Webb's career spanned more than 50 years. After working at several radio stations, he joined WKRC and Taft Broadcasting in the 1950s, serving as news director in the 1960s.

        He retired in 1983, but a few months later accepted a position with the WLW-AM (700) news department, where he worked until he retired in 1990. He died in 1998 at age 71.

        The induction will take place June 15 at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

        For tickets or other information, call Mike Rutledge 352-2722.


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