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Barbara C. White and the late Carter H. White, the ...

June 21, 2004

Barbara C. White and the late Carter H. White, the third-generation owners of the Record-Journal, were among five newspaper people inducted into the Connecticut Journalism Hall of Fame recently for "enduring contributions to journalism in the state."

Carter White was publisher of the Record-Journal from 1967 to 1988. He began his career at the newspaper as general counsel in 1949. His wife, Barbara White, who is 86, was named editor in 1978 after more than 20 years of writing columns, editorials and her widely read "Dining Out" reviews of restaurants around New England. They were inducted for their part "in the struggle for open government and a free press," said the Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Chapter, which sponsors the Hall of Fame. As chairman of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information, Carter White was instrumental in the passage of the 1957 state Open Records Act and the 1975 Freedom of Information Act. Barbara White served twice as a Pulitzer Prize juror and was an active member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the National Conference of Editorial Writers.

"Barbara White and the rest of our family are very pleased and proud that Carter and Barbara were selected to the Hall of Fame of such a well-respected organization. They devoted their life to quality journalism in Connecticut and the recognition is greatly appreciated," said Eliot White, their son who is now editor and publisher of the newspaper and president of the Record-Journal Publishing Co. Their daughter Alison Muschinsky is a senior vice president and human resources director at the newspaper. Their close friend and colleague of many years, the late Bart Barnes, longtime owner and publisher of the Bristol Press, was also inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with the late Bob Eddy, a former editor and publisher of the Hartford Courant, and Reid MacCluggage, the retired editor and publisher of The Day of New London. The induction ceremonies were held at the annual SPJ dinner at Fantasia in North Haven.


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