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Hall of Fame Members

Liz Smith, renowned gossip columnist, Daily Texan Hall of Fame honoree, dies at 94

Liz Smith, well-known gossip columnist and former Daily Texan staffer, died at age 94 at her home in Manhattan on Sunday, Nov. 12. She was also a 2015 inductee in The Daily Texan Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Friends of The Daily Texan, Inc. Below is her obituary from The New York Times:   The New York Times Liz Smith, the longtime queen of New York’s tabloid gossip columns, who for more than three decades chronicled little triumphs and trespasses in the soap-opera lives of the rich, the famous and the merely beautiful, died on Sunday at her home in Manhattan. […]

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UT System Chancellor William McRaven to give keynote at Nov. 3 annual event

Friends of The Daily Texan. will induct 11 new Daily Texan Hall of Fame members and host University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven as keynote speaker at its fifth annual gathering Nov. 3 at The Texas Union. The gathering will be in the Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom in The Texas Union on the UT campus in Austin. The Nov. 3 event will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Registration to attend the event, which is open to the public, will begin in early July. Since its inception, the Friends group has recognized […]

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Friends group honors Texan Hall of Fame inductees

More than 120 supporters of The Daily Texan gathered Sept. 16 at The Texas Union to honor a new group of 9 inductees into The Texan Hall of Fame. One Rising Star winner,  two Griff Singer Award winners and five Hall of Fame winners were inducted. A sixth selection – Sen. Judith  Zaffirini – was unable to attend, and will be inducted at next year’s event. In addition, the 2015 and 2016 Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas James Madison Award winners were recognized for their contribution to freedom of the press. Former Sen. Don Adams was the 2015 winner […]

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Texan authors’ book sale, Friends of Texan dinner Sept. 16

Just think of all the textbooks bought at the University Co-op when we were students! Now you can buy books to enjoy — without tests at the end – written by authors who began their writing careers on The Daily Texan. Come to the UT Campus a few minutes early and stop by the Friends of The Daily Texan reception and book signing at The University Co-op from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, on your way to our dinner and, with a purchase, receive free parking for the evening at the Co-op Parking Garage (located at 2214 […]

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Register now for Sept. 16 Texan Hall of Fame dinner

Registration remains open for the fourth annual Friends of The Daily Texan gathering, which this year will honor 9 outstanding former staff members of The Texan.  Learn more and register at http://bit.ly/DT_Awards  . This year’s event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Santa Rita room in The Texas Union. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. The awards are sponsored annually by the Friends of The Daily Texan, a nonprofit group established in 2013 to support journalistic quality and a strong future in a digital world for The Daily Texan, student newspaper at the University […]

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9 named as honorees of Friends of Daily Texan awards

The nine honorees of the 2016 Friends of The Daily Texan Awards come from all journalistic fields and endeavors, and include a glass ceiling-breaking top female editor, a photojournalist who led photo departments at 6 major metro newspapers and won Two Pulitzer prizes, a beloved reporter-turned-professor who left a lasting impression on all he met and a journalist-turned State Senator who is known for her legislative, public service and professional accomplishments. The awards are sponsored annually by the Friends of The Daily Texan, a nonprofit group established in 2013 to support journalistic quality and a strong future in a digital world […]

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Texan supporters, save the date: Sept. 16

The fourth annual awards event and gathering of Friends of The Daily Texan has been scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16. The event will be held at The Texas Union and will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner beginning at 7 p.m. Look for registration info in early June. “Part of the feedback from last year’s event mentioned more time to visit with attendees,” said John Reetz, president of Friends of The Daily Texan. “This year our group decided to move from a luncheon to an evening event to allow more time for Daily Texan alum […]

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Nine named to 2015 Texan Hall of Fame; induction Oct. 16

The Friends of The Daily Texan is proud to announce the second class of Hall of Fame inductees, which include a Pulitzer Prize winner, the founding editor of The Texas Observer, a five-time Emmy winner and other outstanding alumni and friends of the student newspaper. Editorial Award inductees include Ronnie Dugger, John Pope, Jan Jarboe Russell and Mary Walsh. Liz Smith is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Lomi Kriel will be recognized as a Rising Star. These editorial awards were chosen based on the accomplishments of their post-Texan career and their commitment to the Texan, either while […]

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Hall of Fame Honorees – 2013

The Friends of The Daily Texan inaugural winners of the 2013 Texan Hall of Fame awards are listed below. Winners were honored at our awards ceremony on the evening of Nov. 8, 2013. Hall of Fame inductees were chosen based on the accomplishments of their post-Texan career and their commitment to the Texan, either while working at the newspaper or as an alumni. Legacy winners include Walter Cronkite, Willie Morris, Liz Carpenter, Lady Bird Johnson, Fritz Lanham and Helene Wilke McNaughton. 2013 inductees include Karen Tumulty, Ben Sargent, Karen Elliott House, Bill Moyers and Dick Elam. Rising star inductee is […]

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