On Saturday, April 12, NUVO"s former editor, Harrison Ullmann, who served us for seven years until his death in 2000, was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame along with four other distinguished Indiana journalists on the hilltop campus of Depauw University.
Harrison Ullmann is the only editor of an "alternative" weekly ever to be inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.
While Harrison often claimed that he wouldn"t want to be a part of any organization that would have him as a member, privately, he would have been proud to be inducted along with Theodore Dreiser of Sister Carrie fame and Art Levin, the distinguished professor of journalism at Butler University. Also inducted were Alan Horton, reporter, editor, and publisher of E.W. Scripps Co., and Scott C. Schurz, president of The Hoosier Times. The Hall of Fame was established in 1966 by the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists to "recognize those individuals who have demonstrated over a number of years that they are journalists of the highest distinction." Upon reviewing the long list of past honorees and noting that the late Eugene Pulliam was one of the society"s founders and that the board consists primarily of daily newspaper members, it is a compliment to the society and to Harrison that he is the only editor of an "alternative" weekly ever to have achieved this honor. Harrison"s brother, John Ullmann, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the current head of the World Press Institute, spoke on Harrison"s behalf. He shared tearful stories with Harrison"s family and relatives in the audience and with those who knew his brother and emphasized how much his brother cared about those who were voiceless in the face of injustice and with what skill he chose his words in order to protect them. A collection of essays by Harrison, Rat"s Ass Republicans and Other Hoosier Tales, is available online at www.nuvo.net/ullmann