The Communications Alumni Group’s Hall of Fame was launched in 1998, the brainchild of Stewart Kampel, a longtime editor at the New York Times and then president of the CAG, who guided the Hall through its early years and was himself elected a member in 2009. To date the CAG has proudly inducted 130 CCNY alumni into the Hall, some posthumously. The inaugural class consisted of a dozen inductees with remarkable track records in the broad area of the communications arts. Among them were A. M, Rosenthal ‘49, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and the legendary executive editor of the New York Times; Reuven Frank, ’42, who had been president of NBC News, Joan Snyder ’57, groundbreaking producer at CBS News; Claude Lewis ’58, a columnist for both the Philadelphia Bulletin and Philadelphia Inquirer and one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists; and Edward Kosner, whose stellar career included the top editing positions at Newsweek magazine, New York magazine and the New York Daily News. Ever since, the installation of a new crop of honorees elected by the CAG Board of Directors has been a highlight of each annual dinner. The men and women in the Hall of Fame have each made outstanding contributions to American journalism, print, broadcast and internet, public relations, advertising, fiction, non-fiction, film and theater. They range from newscast producers to movie producers, from copywriters to screenplay writers, from editors to essayists. Many have won the top awards in their chosen fields: Pulitzers, Oscars, Emmys and the like. Some became household names. Others worked behind the scenes. All have accomplished much, and all are sons and daughters of City College, now gathered under one umbrella, forever “bound by ties that naught can sever.” The full roster of CAG Hall of Famers follows below.
The CAG would like to acknowledge the work of Mort Sheinman, the former managing editor of Women’s Wear Daily and a 2003 Hall of Fame inductee, who collected, collated, and edited all of the biographies, many of which were published initially in CAG annual dinner programs.