LPA's 50-Year Club is an effort to honor and recognize men and women in our state who have 50 years or more cumulative professional affiliation with newspapers and news websites, including ties to Louisiana.

Affiliation can include time other than as a full-time employee. Work as a carrier or delivery person, as a stringer, or free-lance writer, for the college paper, or full or part-time work in any aspect of a newspaper or news website's operation can count towards the 50 years.

Year Name Newspaper
2020 B.I. Moody Louisiana State Newspapers
2019 Henri Bienvenu Teche News
Tom Kelly Ruston Daily Leader / Natchitoches Times
2017 Pam Mitchell Louisiana Press Association
2016 Lou Gehrig Burnett Political Columnist & Fax-Net Update
Paul Kedinger Rayne Acadian Tribune
2014 Melba West West Carroll Gazette (Oak Grove)
2012 David B Petty The News-Star (Monroe)
Jerry Pierce Northwestern State University, Natchitoches
2011 Charles N. Lenox University of Louisiana at Lafayette
2010 Diana Daigle Church Point News
2008 Ray Forman The Bunkie Record
2007 Edwin Roy St. Bernard Voice (Arabi)
2006 Jerry Byrd Bossier Press-Tribune (Bossier City)
Allen J. Lottinger St. Charles Herald-Guide (Boutte)
Ted Uhall The Daily Iberian (New Iberia)
2005 William J. Holliday The Baker Observer
Sammy J. Franklin The Jena Times Olla-Tullos-Urania Signal
Porteous “Dickie” Broussard The Daily Iberian (New Iberia)
2004 Jerry & Joy Wise DeQuincy News
Raymond P. “Doc” Jeffress Jackson Independent (Jonesboro)
Robert Gentry The Sabine Index (Many)
Sam A. Hanna, Sr. Concordia Sentinel (Ferriday)
2002 John Blanchard The Enterprise and Interstate Progress (Mansfield)
Lovan Thomas Natchitoches Times
2001 Annabelle McGuire Armstrong South Baton Rouge Journal
2000 Fred “Pat” Achor The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
Vera Hardman St. Tammany Farmer (Covington)
1999 Sue Eakin The Bunkie Record (Bunkie)
1998 Vincent Marino The Advertiser (Lafayette)
Adolph C. Renaud The Times (Shreveport)
1997 Bernard Curet Pointe Coupee Banner (New Roads)
1996 Robert H. Fackelman Jennings Daily News
Peter Finney The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
Douglas L. Manship, Sr. The Advocate (Baton Rouge)
Clyde S. Miller Madison Journal (Tallulah)
Anne K. Price The Advocate (Baton Rouge)
Evelyn Short The Advocate (Baton Rouge)
Joe D. Smith, Jr. Alexandria Daily Town Talk
Erbon and Marie Wise Southwest Daily News (Sulphur)
1995 Bill Irwin Amite Digest, Kentwood News
1994 Joseph Bosley Madison Journal (Tallulah)
Lou Major, Sr. The Daily News (Bogalusa)
Willis Reed Baton Rouge Post
1993 Fred Bandy The Daily Iberian (New Iberia)
Frank J. Budde The Times (Shreveport)
Earl Cobb The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
1992 Ansley H. Colvin, Jr. The Jackson Independent (Jonesboro)
Lester G. Colvin The Jackson Independent (Jonesboro)
T.L. Colvin, Sr. The Jackson Independent (Jonesboro)
Bill Chapman Bastrop Daily Enterprise
1991 Ray F. Dill Houma Daily Courier
Ivy J. Smith Houma Daily Courier
L.D. Young, Jr. West Side Journal (Port Allen)
A.N. Dawson, Jr. Alexandria Daily Town Talk
1990 Ralph Bienvenu, Abbeville Meridional
Jo Cart Rayne Independent
Myrta Fair Craig Rayne Acadian Tribune
Charles P. Manship, Jr. State Times-Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge)
William C. Risinger Alexandria Daily Town Talk