Jim Barbieri '50 Among 2010 Inductees Into Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame

Jim Barbieri '50 Among 2010 Inductees Into Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame

December 4, 2009

2818December 4, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Jim Barbieri, a 1950 DePauw University graduate who was called "a great Hoosier newspaperman and civic leader" by Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, will be among six new members inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame next year.  The induction ceremony is set for April 17, 2010, at Indiana University - Bloomington.

Created in 1966 by the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Hall of Fame recognizes those with significant Indiana ties who have demonstrated they are journalists of the highest distinction.  The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) was founded at DePauw in May 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi (SDX)

Barbieri's "career as a reporter and editor at the Bluffton News-Banner spanned seven decades," notes today's announcement. "He moved to Bluffton in 1949 after graduating from DePauw University, and outside a stint in the Army, he worked at the newspaper until his death in 2006. He was a prolific writer covering the community while also serving many years at the newspaper’s editor and for 11 years at its publisher."

Jim Barbieri died on April 1, 2006. Three days later, Sen. Lugar offered a statement that for the Congressional Record to note the contributions of Barbieri.

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A 1986 television news story on the journalist -- who received the Hoosier State Press Association's Charlie Biggs Commitment to Community Award and served on the board of DePauw's Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media -- can be found within this previous story.