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Five longtime newsmen joined the Louisiana Press Association’s 50 Year Club during the 2021 Stockholders Meeting on Sept. 23.

Joining the club were: Jim Bradshaw, Richard D’Aquin, Jerry Hooper, Garland Forman, and Johnny Gunter.

“It’s an impressive class,” said LPA Executive Director Jerry Raehal. “From journalists to circulation, publisher to owners, this class had it all.”

Because the stockholder meeting was held virtually, LPA plans to invite and honor this year’s winners and guests to next year’s stockholder meeting, when the goal would be to host the event in person.

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.