The 2012 inductees into the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame include four of the institution’s most prominent alumni. Rebecca Brown Baldwin is vice president and general manager of zap2it.com, a television and movie information website owned by Tribune Media Services. She was previously the director of product development at Tribune Interactive. She started her career as an editor at the Orlando Sentinel before moving to the Chicago Tribune, where she edited the Arts & Entertainment and Style sections. Baldwin holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Margaret Loesch is founding president and CEO of The Hub TV Network. She previously held a number of executive positions, serving as the co-founder and CEO of the family media company The Hatchery; the founding president and CEO of Crown Media United States, and in that capacity was responsible for building and launching the Hallmark Channel; president and CEO of Fox Kids Network Worldwide; president and CEO of Marvel Comics’ film production arm, Marvel Productions; executive vice president of Hanna-Barbera Productions; and, director of children’s programming for the NBC television network. Among Loesch’s industry awards are four Emmy Awards, George Foster Peabody Award, Vision Award and Chair Award from the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers, and Directors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern Miss.
Sally-Ann Roberts is co-anchor of the WWL-TV morning news program the highest rated in Louisiana. Roberts began her tenure at WWL-TV in 1977. Her work as a city hall reporter earned her first place awards in journalistic excellence from the Press Club of New Orleans, the Louisiana Associated Press, the Radio and Television News Directors Association and the New Orleans chapter of Women in Communications. In 1998 Roberts was part of the reporting team that earned WWL-TV the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award for late-breaking news. She has been widely recognized for her work in the New Orleans community and received awards from the Young Leadership Council, YWCA, Junior League, Toastmasters International, Kiwanis International, The Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge, New Orleans Black Social Workers, The Children’s Defense Fund and The New Orleans Conference for Community and Justice. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s degree in communication from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Martha D. Saunders, president of Southern Miss from 2007 to 2012, is currently a distinguished professor of public relations in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. She has published numerous articles on crisis communication and public relations and her speeches have been widely anthologized. She twice led university communication campaigns that earned the Public Relations Society of America’s highest national award, the Silver Anvil. Before joining Southern Miss, she served as the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and vice president for academic affairs at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga. A native of Mississippi, Saunders earned her bachelor’s degree in French from Southern Miss, her master’s in journalism from the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. in communication theory and research from Florida State University.