Special broadcast coming up January 29th, 2018!

The NDNA Education Foundation documentary, "Inside Stories: Oral Histories of North Dakota Journalists," will be showing across North Dakota on Prairie Public TV at 8 p.m. Monday, January 29th.  Don't miss this special broadcast!

Oral histories of North Dakota Journalists

This oral history project is designed to preserve the history of the people who spent their careers preserving the history of North Dakota and its communities. The following video clips are highlights from in depth interviews of North Dakota journalists. The clips also are on display on an electronic kiosk at the new North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. The full video interviews are preserved and are available for viewing at the North Dakota State Archives at the Heritage Center. Additional oral history interviews will be added to the collection as they are completed.

John M. Andrist

Former Editor and Publisher
The Journal, Crosby, ND

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ND Journalist John Andrist

Andrist (1932- ) grew up working for his father, Calvin Andrist, at the Divide County Journal in Crosby. After taking over the family newspaper, he began climbing a ladder that would take him to the presidency of the North Dakota Newspaper Association and eventually the National Newspaper Association. He continues to write a weekly column that first appeared in the late 1950s.

In 2002, he received the Amos Award, the National Newspaper Association's highest honor, for distinguished service to the community press. He is a recipient of the North Dakota National Leadership Award of Excellence, presented by Gov. George Sinner.

After many years on the board of the North Dakota Newspaper Association Education Foundation, he was bestowed with honorary lifetime membership. He also achieved lifetime membership with the Society of Professional Journalists, and is enshrined in the North Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame.

After selling the newspaper to his son in 1991, he was elected to the North Dakota Senate and served continuously through 2014.

William C. Marcil

Former CEO, Forum Communications
Former Publisher, The Forum, Fargo, ND

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ND Journalist William Marcil, Sr.

Marcil started his newspaper career as a retail ad salesman at The Forum in the early 1960s and by 1969 was promoted to president and publisher. Under his leadership, Forum Communications Co. grew to include 10 daily and 30 community newspapers in three states, five commercial printing plants, four TV stations and a radio station.

In 1983 became the first North Dakotan elected Chairman of American Newspaper Publishers Association (now Newspaper Association of America), and moved on to become chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and later chairman of the Greater North Dakota Chamber.

He is a past president of the North Dakota Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi and Fargo Chamber of Commerce, and has been a director of the North Dakota Newspaper Association, the Northern Lights Council of the Boy Scouts of America, United Way of Fargo-Moorhead, and the Minnesota State University-Moorhead Development Foundation.

Marcil received the alumni achievement award from UND in 1990; the Ralph D. Casey University of Minnesota Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism in 1993; an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from North Dakota State University in 1993; and the Schafer Excellence in Enterprise Award from the University of Mary, Bismarck, in 2003.

After many years on the board of the North Dakota Newspaper Association Education Foundation, he was bestowed with honorary lifetime membership. He also is enshrined in the North Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame.

Marlyn Hagerty

Columnist
The Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, ND

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ND Journalist Marilyn Hagerty

Hagerty (1926 - ) began her newspaper career in the 1940s when she was a high school student and worked for the Pierre, Capital Journal in South Dakota. She started working at the Grand Forks Herald in 1957, when her late husband Jack Hagerty became editor of the paper. By the 1970s, Hagerty had a regular column, and she also began a column of historical reminiscences, That Reminds Me. She was reviewing restaurants at least by mid 70s. She retired from full-time newspapering in 1991, but soon resumed writing five columns a week for the Herald.

Hagerty appeared in various national media in 2012 when her review of a new Olive Garden restaurant in Grand Forks, was noticed by online news aggregators and became an overnight sensation among both critics and admirers.

She was awarded the 2012 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media.

Roger Bailey

Former Editor and Publisher, Turtle Mountain Star, Rolla, ND
Former Executive Director, N.D. Newspapers Association, Bismarck, ND

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ND Journalist John Andrist

Roger Bailey was inducted into the North Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2014. That came nearly 50 years after he learned to operate the Linotype and the presses at a small letterpress newspaper his parents operated in Bertha, Minn.

In college at Moorhead State he was reporter, editor and student advisor of the student newspaper, and after graduating he held several jobs at KTHI-TV in Fargo -- including weather man. In 1973 he became editor and publisher of the Turtle Mountain Star in Rolla, and turned it into the largest circulation and most decorated weekly newspaper in the state. In 1982 he served as president of the North Dakota Newspaper Association.

He sold the Turtle Mountain Star in 1998, then spent 13 years as executive director of NDNA. With him through it all was his best friend and wife, Ingrid.

Richard Peterson

Former Editor and Publisher
Benson County Farmers Press, Minnewaukan, ND

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ND Journalist John Andrist

Richard Peterson’s affiliation with the Benson County Farmers Press in ‘Minnewaukan started in 1959 while he was in college and continued until 2014 when he sold the newspaper and retired.

Richard’s association with the Farmers Press wasn’t continuous, because he took time out to get an economics degree, and later to serve a three-year hitch in the Army, including service in Vietnam. He returned to edit the Farmers Press in August of 1970, added the publisher title a month later, and continued to operate the Farmers Press until his retirement.

During that time he was a community leader in ‘Minnewaukan, including a stint as mayor, and was known for his weekly column. 

Bob Lind

Former Editor and Publisher, Larimore Pioneer, Larimore, ND
Former Editor, The Forum, Fargo, ND

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ND Journalist John Andrist

Bob Lind was born in Grand Forks, served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1955, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1957.

His newspaper career began as editor of the Spring Valley (Minnesota) Tribune from 1957 to 1961. From 1961 to 1968 he owned and operated the Larimore Pioneer in North Dakota. He joined The Forum in 1969 and has been a copy editor, night editor, assistant city editor and features writer.

He retired in 1998 but continues to the write The Forum’s popular “Neighbors” feature several times each week. 

 

Credits

Oral Histories of North Dakota Journalists is a joint project of: 
The North Dakota Newspaper Association
The North Dakota Newspaper Association Education Foundation
The State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation

Interviews by: Teri Finneman, Multi-media reporting specialist

Videography by: Forum Communications Co.

The full video interviews are preserved and are available for viewing at the North Dakota State Archives at the Heritage Center. Additional oral history interviews will be added to the collection as they are completed.