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 / Honoree Newspaper / Employer
2021
Jim Bradshaw The Daily Advertiser
Richard D'Aquin The Daily Advertiser, Rayne Acadian Tribune, Church Point News
Garland Forman Ville Platte Gazette
Johnny Gunter The Ouachita Citizen
Jerry Hooper Natchitoches Times
2020
B.I. Moody III Louisiana State Newspapers
2019
Henri Bienvenu Teche News
Tom Kelly Winn Parish Enterprise
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 St. Charles Herald-Guide (Boutte)
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

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