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Celebrating excellence in journalism and featuring leading thinkers in media and communications, the Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture has been presented by The Press-Enterprise and UCR annually since 1966. It was first established by the late Howard H “Tim” Hays, then editor of The Press-Enterprise. Following the sale of the paper in 1997, his son Tom Hays endowed the lectureship and the Hays name was proudly added to the series in honor of Tim Hays.

2015 Martin Baron Executive Editor, The Washington Post

2014 Ray Suarez Host of "Inside Story," Al Jazeera

2013 Davan Maharaj Editor and Executive VP, Los Angeles Times Media Group

2012 Geneva Overholser Director, USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism

2011 Jonathan Gold Pulitzer Prize-Winning Food Critic, LA Weekly

2010 Lawrence Wright Author, Screenwriter, Playwright, Staff Writer, The New Yorker magazine

2009 Walter Isaacson President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

2008 Frank A. Bennack, Jr. Vice Chairman, Hearst Corp.

2006 Karen House Retired Publisher, The Wall Street Journal

2004 Tom Curley President/CEO, The Associated Press

2002 Gail Collins Editorial Page Editor, The New York Times

2001 Bill Kovach Chairman, Committee for Concerned Journalists

2000 Clarence Page Columnist, Chicago Tribune

1999 Gregory Favre Vice President/News, The McClatchy Co.

1998 Tom Winship Former Editor, The Boston Globe

1997 Benjamin Bradlee Vice President, The Washington Post

1996 Gene Roberts Managing Editor, The New York Times

1995 William F. Woo Editor, St. Louis Post Dispatch

1994 Tom Johnson President, Cable News Network

1993 C. Shelby Coffey, III Editor & Executive Vice President, Los Angeles Times

1992 Geneva Overholser Editor, The Des Moines Register

1991 David Broder Columnist & Political Correspondent, The Washington Post

1990 Everette E. Dennis Executive Director, Gannett Center/Media Studies

1989 James K. Batten President/CEO, Knight Ridder, Inc.

1988 C.K. McClatchy Editor & Chairman, McClatchy Newspapers

1987 Vermont Royster Editor Emeritus, The Wall Street Journal

1986 Donald Trelford Editor, The Observer of London

1985 Louis D. Boccardi President & General Manager, The Associated Press

1984 Donald E. Graham Publisher, The Washington Post

1983 Eugene C. Patterson Editor and President, St. Petersburg Times

1982 Cushrow R. Irani Chairman, The International Press Institute

1981 Richard S. Salant Vice Chairman, Board of Directors of NBC

1980 Norman E. Isaacs Chairman, The National News Council

1979 John Hughes Editor, The Christian Science Monitor

1978 George F. Will Syndicated Columnist

1977 Richard C. Wald President, NBC News

1976 Warren H. Phillips President, Dow Jones & Co.

1975 James Reston Columnist, The New York Times

1974 Elie Abel Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

1973 Katharine Graham President, The Washington Post Company

1972 Tom Wicker Associate Editor & Columnist, The New York Times

1971 Howard K. Smith Commentator, ABC News

1970 Osborn Elliott Editor-in-Chief, Newsweek

1969 Sir Denis Hamilton Editor-in-Chief & Chief Executive, Times Newspapers Ltd. London

1968 Wes Gallagher General Manager, The Associated Press

1967 John B. Oakes Editorial Page Editor, The New York Times

1966 Louis M. Lyons Retired Curator, Nieman Foundation, Harvard University

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