Journalism Hall of Fame to welcome four new inductees


Three Central Michigan University alumni and an emeritus professor will be inducted into the Journalism Hall of Fame on Nov. 3.

"We have a really great class people who are a broad reflection of CMU's journalism department graduates," said Chad Livengood, Hall of Fame committee chair. "These folks come from different walks of life, but they all got to where they are because of CMU and the journalism department."

The inductees include:

• Dr. John K. Hartman is an emeritus professor who has been working in journalism for more than 50 years. He was a journalism faculty member from 1984-2015. During his time at CMU, he mentored students and worked to bring interesting and unique speakers to campus. Hartman is the author of “The USA Today Way,” which analyzed the new ideas the paper brought to the industry.

• Alumnus John Barnes graduated in 1981. He is a former metro editor of The Grand Rapids Press, where he worked for 33 years as a journalist and editor. Barnes worked as state-wide journalism projects editor for MLive Media Group's 10 offices. Today he works as a communications consultant.  

• For more than 30 years, alumnus Fred Heumann has worked in radio and TV in Flint, Detroit and Lansing. He is sports director and sportscaster at WLNS-TV in Lansing. Huemann is a former sports reporter at WXYZ-TV and WDIV-TV in Detroit. He received the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Award for Program Excellence in 2005 and in 2006 for Best Sportscast. He graduated in 1980.  

• Sheila Reinecke is a 1983 graduate and Central Michigan Life alumna. In her more than 30 years in advertising, she has worked for The Grand Rapids Press, the Muskegon Chronicle and their parent companies. She is a major account executive for MLive Media Group and the national account director of Advance Newspapers. In 2015, she received the Journalism Department's alumni of the year award.

The 2018 Journalism Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is Nov. 3 at Courtyard by Marriott Mount Pleasant at CMU. Tickets are $70 and $35 for students.