Five journalists selected for their notable contributions to Omaha journalism will be inducted June 8 into the Omaha Press Club Journalists of Excellence Hall of Fame.
The inductees are David Haberman, Michael Kelly, the late Joe Patrick, Ann Pedersen and Carol Schrader.
The event will be at the Omaha Press Club on the 22nd floor of the First National Bank building adjacent to the DoubleTree Hotel, starting with a no-host reception at 5:30 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., winners will be announced in the OPC Excellence in Journalism Awards competition, followed by the OPC Hall of Fame induction. Dinner follows the presentations.
For dinner reservations or questions, call the club at 402-345-8008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost of the event, which includes hors d'oeuvres and dinner, is $40 per person or $320 for a table of eight. Members and nonmembers are invited to attend.
The 2013 inductees into the OPC Journalists of Excellence Hall of Fame:
David A. Haberman retired in 1995 after teaching journalism for 40 years at Creighton University. He was chairman of the department from 1958-1995 and was a faculty member 1955-95; he was faculty advisor for Creighton's weekly newspaper. His primary teaching areas were mass communication law and news reporting. He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association. After service in the Army during the Korean War, Haberman was a reporter for two years at the Janesville (Wis.) Daily Gazette. He later was employed at The World-Herald and was a consultant and contributor to the Catholic Voice. He co-wrote the textbook “Public Relations: The Necessary Art” and wrote “Mass Communication Law in Nebraska.”
Michael Kelly arrived at the Omaha World-Herald in 1970 after graduation from the University of Cincinnati. Early assignments covering police, courts and City Hall gave him the solid foundation that led to an ongoing 43-year career in journalism. In 1981, he was promoted to World-Herald sports editor and columnist. Ten years later, Kelly became the newspaper's metro columnist. Among other honors, he received a national first-place award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors for columns about his daughter Bridget, who spoke out on behalf of sexual-violence survivors after her own abduction, rape and shooting. Kelly also has received the Creighton University Professional Journalism Award and the University of Nebraska at Omaha Communication Achievement Award.
Joe Patrick's career as an Omaha sportscaster extended more than 50 years before he died in 2009 at 84. He was a Navy officer during World War II, flying torpedo bombers off carriers. The Drake University graduate worked in Iowa radio at Fort Dodge, Des Moines, Keokuk and Waterloo. In 1955, he joined Lyell Bremser at KFAB for sports coverage, including in the booth for Nebraska Husker football play-by-play. His peers named him Nebraska Sportscaster of the Year in 1959. In 1968, he began announcing NU football for WOW Radio. Patrick, born Joseph Phillipson, was a sports anchor for KMTV from 1960-63, and later for KETV. He was a play-by-play announcer for Nebraska football, Creighton University basketball, Omaha Knights hockey and UNO football. He also hosted Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne shows as well as an Ak-Sar-Ben racing prediction program. He retired in 2004.
Ann Pedersen is an award-winning journalist with a 30-year career in broadcast news. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Journalism. The first female full-time reporter assigned to the WOWT newsroom, she also was the first woman in Omaha to anchor a regularly scheduled weekday newscast. She traded her anchor chair for the WOWT assignment editor's desk and was later promoted to assistant news director. In 1988 she became director of news operations for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, a CBS-owned and operated television station. She was nominated for a regional Emmy for her work as executive producer of gubernatorial debates in Minnesota in 2000. Pedersen taught broadcast journalism at the University of Minnesota and is an adjunct professor in journalism at Creighton University. She is director of public relations for the Lovgren Marketing Group in Omaha.
Carol Schrader, a KETV reporter and newscaster for 20 years, was one of the first women news anchors on Omaha television. She left KETV and became the first host of “Consider This,” which still airs statewide on NET. Schrader's journalism talents also took her to KFAB radio as news director and morning co-host. From 2000-05, she was a frequent contributor to NET radio news and also reported for NPR and the Voice of America. Schrader served as chief office deputy in the Douglas County Assessor's office and then moved to her present career as a Realtor associated with Deeb Realty. Carol's community service includes hundreds of speeches to schools and civic groups. She served three years as chairwoman of the UNO Women's Walk for Athletics and has served on numerous community boards.