KEMPA Journalism

Hall of Fame

The KEMPA Hall of Fame was established by the Board of Directors as a way of recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions, over an extended period of time, to the success and progress of the Kettle Moraine Press Association.

Suggestions for a Hall of Fame  recipient may be given to any board member. Decisions on membership in the Hall are made by the Board of Directors and announced at the annual meeting held at the Fall Scholastic Journalism Conference at UW-Whitewater.

The 2019 Hall of Fame inductee is Carolyn Wagner.










Carolyn joined the KEMPA board in 2014.  During her tenure, she has presented at Fall Conferences, developed the Individual Contests with April van Buren and been a staff member and assistant director of our Summer Journalism Workshop.  In addition, she has also served as Vice President of KEMPA for three years.

Carolyn’s commitment to scholastic journalism has helped students become leaders in their programs. The Bear Facts online site is frequently recognized by SNO for its excellence in reporting, coverage and design.  She has also been a role model and mentor for other advisers in the KEMPA organization.  Board member Patrick Johnson said, “Carolyn is the epitome of KEMPA—kind, committed, dedicated, and strong. Her work and time with the organization provides our membership with tremendous support and our advisers with exceptional wisdom. She is my journalism rock. I cannot imagine a better person to receive the distinction of Hall of Fame.”

KEMPA is proud to honor Carolyn for her work beyond the classroom in scholastic journalism.

2019 Carolyn Wagner, Lake Zurich (IL) High School
2017 Evelyn Lauer, Niles West (IL) High School
2016 Jeff Willauer, Waunakee (WI) High School
2015 Tom Juran, Brookfield Central (WI) High School
2013 Mike Doyle, Belvidere North (IL) High School
2011 Kathleen Burke, Regina Dominican (IL) High School / Mike Gordy, Antioch Community (IL) High School (retired) / Audrey Kemp, D.C. Everest (WI) High School / Dave Wallner, Stoughton (WI) High School (retired)
2010 Carl Sigler, Wisconsin Academy (retired)
2009 Stan Zoller, Rolling Meadows (IL) High School
2007 Jill Cook , Brookfield Central (WI) High School
2006 Joe Koshollek, Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel
2005 Linda Barrington, Wauwatosa East (WI) High School
2004 Sandy Jacoby, Tremper (WI) High School / Alan Packard, St. Mary’s Springs (WI) High School
2003 John Culbertson, Waterloo (WI) High School
2002 Katherine Conover, Janesville Parker (WI) High School
2001 Hank Koshollek, The Capital Times / Susan Tantillo, Wheeling (IL) High School
2000 Mark Thompson, Antioch (IL) High School
1999 Tom Gebhardt, Prospect (IL) High School
1995 Nancy Becker, Milton (WI) High School / Stuart Ciske, DPI, Madison (WI)
1993 Elsie Stiffler, Willowbrook (IL) High School
1992 John McCullough, WTMJ Channel 4 Milwaukee
1991 Ron Beem, Byron (IL) High School / John Rowley, Willowbrook (IL) High School
1989 Eileen Kohnke, New Berlin Eisenhower (WI) High School / Dr. Thomas McLeRoy, Dean of Continuing Education, UW-Whitewater
1988 Jan Kohls, Fort Atkinson (WI) High School/ Judy Zigler, Whitewater (WI) High School
1987 Dr. Richard Nelson, founder of KEMPA / Dr. I.W. Schaffer, UW-W (Executive Director)

Hall of Fame