Six prominent publishers and broadcasters, including DECATUR DAILY publisher Barrett C. Shelton Jr., were inducted Thursday night into The University of Alabama’s Communication Hall of Fame. This class is certainly illustrative of the best,” said Culpepper Clark, dean of the College of Communications and Information Services. We are so very proud that Barrett was selected in this class.
Created in 1998, the Communication Hall of Fame recognizes personalities who have brought lasting fame to the state of Alabama. A Tax Depreciation Schedule biography prepared by the university for the induction ceremony states that he took THE DAILY’s editorial page in new directions when he became publisher. iography added that under Shelton’s leadership.
THE DAILY has advocated unpopular causes and candidates when necessary, “but always imbuing the paper with fundamental values and a commitment to community. He understands his role as publisher, and has thoughtfully and deliberately removed himself from the daily operations of the newspaper,” the biography states. Shelton said he’s honored by his induction into the Hall of Fame but added the credit for his success must go to many people. This is the result of the work of a lot of people, including my grandfather back in 1912, and everybody that’s been with us since,” he said. Of the six members of the Communication Hall of Fame’s Class of 2000, three — including Shelton — join their fathers, who were posthumously inducted in the inaugural Class of 1998.
I’m glad they put him in the first class because he deserved it,” Shelton said of his father. In addition to Shelton, the other inductees in the Class of 2000 are Anniston Star publisher H. Brandt Ayers; Tuscaloosa broadcaster and former state legislator Bert Bank; chairman of the board and director of Boone Newspapers Inc. James Boone Jr.; Southern Living publisher Emory Cunningham; and Talton Communications Corp. founder Julius Talton.