Froseth, Jacobs inducted into ND Newspaper Hall of Fame

5/11/16 (Wed)

Froseth, Jacobs inducted into ND Newspaper Hall of Fame

    Glen Froseth, retired publisher of the Kenmare News, and Mike Jacobs, retired editor and publisher of the Grand Forks Herald, were enshrined Friday, May 6, 2016 as the 53rd and 54th members of the North Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame.

     The longtime newspaper men were recognized at induction ceremonies in Crosby during the 130th annual convention of the North Dakota Newspaper Association.

     Both men are former presidents of NDNA, Froseth serving in that capacity in 1983 and Jacobs in 2002.

     They will be recognized along with other Hall of Fame members in an electronic display that is on exhibit at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck.

     Glen Froseth started his newspaper career in 1955 at the Divide County Journal in Crosby after earning an associate degree at the North Dakota State College of Science.

     In 1968 Glen purchased the Kenmare News, which he operated for 20 years until selling it to his son, Terry. To this day he continues to assist with the weekly production of the paper and with its commercial printing operations.

     Glen was elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives in 1992, and will serve until the end of this year.

     As a publisher he was an innovator, being one of the first weeklies to make the switch from letterpress to offset printing. He hired a full-time editor and an ad sales rep during a time  when most weeklies went without.

     Glen’s service on the NDNA board culminated as president of the association in 1983. He has also served on the NDNA Legislative Committee, the Hall of Fame Committee, and on the NDNA Education Foundation Board.

     Mike Jacobs grew up Stanley and attended the University of North Dakota, where, among other things, he was editor of The Dakota Student. After graduation he worked at newspapers in St. Louis, Fargo, Dickinson and Mandan, before settling in at The Herald in Grand Forks.

     At the Herald he worked as statehouse reporter, city editor, editorial writer and managing editor before being named editor in 1984. He was the Herald’s editor for 28 years, the last eight years also serving as publisher.

     During Mike’s tenure as editor, The Herald, won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and was named one of America’s best small dailies by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. In 1998 he was named Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation. In addition to serving on the NDNA board and as its president, he served on the boards of the NDNA Education Foundation and the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Zaleski joins 50-year club

     Also Friday, Jack Zaleski, editorial page editor of the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, was recognized for 50 years of service to the newspaper industry.

     A native of New Britain, Connecticut, Zaleski attended the University of Connecticut from 1965-1969, where he worked for the campus newspaper and also for the university Office of Public Information.

     After graduation he headed west, landing at the Devils Lake Journal in 1969 and moving from reporter to editor to publisher. In 1987 he left for a job at The Forum.

Through the years he received a number of top awards for editorial and column writing from the North Dakota and Minnesota newspaper associations, and he is a former board member of the National Conference of Editorial Writers Foundation.

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