Missouri Press Association inducted four newspapermen into the association’s Newspaper Hall of Fame last month.
The inductees included Joe May, former publisher of the Mexico Ledger; Wendell Redden, former sports editor for The Joplin Globe; Kent Ford, former editor for the MPA and newspaper publisher and former MPA president and Jim Robertson, former managing editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune. The four are the 28th group to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The induction was held on Sept. 14 during the MPA’s 152nd Annual Convention and Trade Show in St. Louis. Their plaques will join the display of inductees in the MPA office in Columbia and the student lounge in Lee Hills Hall at the Missouri School of Journalism.
Joe May has and continues to support to Missouri newspapers since he began selling advertising for the Columbia Daily Tribune in 1970.
“I am humbled to be included with this outstanding group of journalists,” he said. “I had the privilege to work for two of the finest newspaper men in the country: Hank Waters at the Columbia Daily Tribune and Robert M. White at the Mexico Ledger.”
Both of whom were former Hall of Fame inductees.
“They taught me how to run a quality newspaper. A goal we didn’t always live up
to but one we always strived to meet,” May said.
In 1977, May moved to Mexico where he became the advertising director at The Ledger and, in 1990, publisher.
“From 1977 until retirement, I worked for five different newspaper organizations and
never left the building,” he said. “Bob White from 1977 to 1986, Thomson Newspapers from 1986 to 1996 then to American Publishing, which became Liberty and eventually GateHouse Media. That may not be a record but is certainly above average in today’s environment.”
His involvement on the MPA Board of Directors made a lasting impression until he was named president in 2011. He is also a past director and president of the Missouri Advertising Managers’ Association.
Today he serves on the Board of Directors for Missouri Press Service, remaining a dedicated newspaperman following his retirement in 2012.
Still promoting newspapers as “The Source” for information in local communities, May says that being inducted into the MPA Hall of Fame is the highest honor he has ever received.
“I want to share this award with the employees of the Mexico Ledger who made this
award possible,” May said. “Far too many to name but deserve recognition.”