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Three to be inducted into Hall of Fame; Eddings gets service award

The Board of Directors has voted to induct three Maryland journalists into the MDDC Newspaper Hall of Fame this summer, and to recognize Chris Eddings of the Daily Record with the Distinguished Service Award for his long support of the press association.

The new inductees into the Hall of Fame are:

  • Mary J. Corey, the late editor of The Baltimore Sun.
  • Denise Riley, the long-time editor of The Star Democrat in Easton.
  • Brice Stump, a reporter and editor for The Daily Times in Salisbury.

They will be inducted in June at the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland College Park. The Hall of Fame is housed in the college’s Knight Hall. The date will be set later.

Mary Corey was nominated by Trif Alatzas, Senior Vice President/Executive Editor of the Sun, who replaced Corey after her death in 2013. He wrote in part:

“A 26-year reporter and editor at The Baltimore Sun, Corey was a champion for Maryland journalism and a mentor to many young interns, reporters and editors who worked at The Baltimore Sun Media Group.”

Corey started at the Sun as a college intern and rose through the news organization’s ranks. She was named Senior Vice President and Director of Content in 2010, the first woman in The Sun’s 176-year history to run its newsroom. She lost a long battle with breast cancer at the age of 49 in February 2013.

“Corey led The Sun during a period of intense change in the industry,” Alatzas wrote. “Her strong leadership brought The Sun MDDC Newspaper of the Year honors during the past three years in addition to other awards for The Sun and its network of community newspapers and magazines.”

Denise Riley was nominated by David Fike and John Griep, the current publisher and the current editor of the Star Democrat. They wrote in part:

“During her lengthy career, Denise has trained and been a mentor to numerous reporters, editors and photographers who are now working at many of the nation’s largest newspapers.”

Riley joined the staff of The Star Democrat as news editor in May 1973 and was named editor of the newspaper in 1982, becoming the first woman to hold that post. She was named editor emeritus of The Star Democrat in 2011.

In 1986-87, she was the first woman to win the John Hay Whitney Fellowship, taking her to Paris to work on the copy desk of the International Herald Tribune for nearly a year.

Under her leadership, The Star Democrat launched The Sunday Star in October 1988 and the newspaper’s Web edition www.stardem.com. In 2006, she was named the Talbot County Businesswoman of the Year and in 2007 was named one of the top 100 Women in Maryland by the Daily Record.

Brice Stump was nominated by Michael Kilian, the executive editor of The Daily Times and Delmarva Media Group (which publishes The Daily Times and numerous weeklies). He wrote in part:

“Brice Stump is not merely a journalist on the Eastern Shore, but an institution.

“He is the one employee of Delmarva Media Group who is known by name in every corner of our circulation area. Mentions of his name are always positive, along the lines of ‘You better never lose Brice Stump!’”

Stump started as a reporter at age 15 freelancing for the Daily Banner and Dorchester Star. At The Daily Times he has worked as a photographer, writer, page designer and held the long-lost position of farmer editor. But it is his Sunday column which has endeared him to Times readers.

“Stump knows the people. He knows the land. He knows the culture,” Killian wrote. “This knowledge draws readers into his Sunday column each week, which features a very personal take on rural traditions that date back decades.”

Chris Eddings was nominated for the Distinguished Service Award by Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, the publisher of The Daily Record.

Eddings was named vice president in charge of the Business Information Division of The Dolan Company last summer. He joined Dolan in 1997 as president and publisher of The Daily Record in Baltimore. He was promoted to group publisher in charge of all Dolan Company law publications in 2003 and named director of all publishing operations in 2010. He has been based in Baltimore all during this time.

Eddings has been a big supporter of the press association during his years in Baltimore. He was a member of the MDDC Board of Directors and was president for a year. After leaving the board, he was elected to the board of trustees of the MDDC Press Foundation, where he has been an active member for several years.

“He has been a steadfast friend to MDDC and its members,” said Jack Murphy, the retiring executive director of the association. “He is most deserving of this honor.”

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