Jon Witherspoon Honored At NC Press Event
From Staff And Wire Reports
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
RALEIGH - Last week, at the NC Press Association Winter Institute and awards dinner, Winston-Salem Journal Publisher and former NC Press Association President Jon Witherspoon was honored for his 40+ years of service to the journalism community.
In front of over 500 of his colleagues, Mr. Witherspoon was given a special award for his years of tireless service both on behalf of Winston-Salem Journal readers and also on behalf of North Carolina newspapers.
Although he is stepping down as publisher of the Journal, as part of the special recognition, Mr. Witherspoon was given a lifetime membership in the NC Press Association.
According to a Winston-Salem Journal article, Witherspoon will be retiring on May 31st from the newspaper, after working there for 43 years.
During the presentation, it was pointed out that Mr. Witherspoon may be the only journalist in North Carolina with a physics degree.
Witherspoon decided that he wanted to be a journalist, but not before it was too late to change his major from physics.
At the newspaper, Witherspoon seemingly has done every editorial job and started out at the bottom as a cub reporter, working his way up to the top management at the Journal.
The daily newspaper, which is owned by Media General, has been around since 1898. The paper received a Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for public service for a series of articles on strip mining in the mountains and its environmental impact.
During the presentation, Witherspoon received a long round of applause from the audience, many of whom had known Witherspoon for decades. ::