Larry Conners and Vickie Newton, KMOV-TV (channel 4) anchor team, were honored by The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis as media persons of the year. Club president Dick Weiss and emcee Carol Daniel welcomed the 450 guests who endured hearty roasts and toasts from weatherman Kent Erhardt, Deb Peterson, John Carney, and a proclamation visit from Mayor Francis Slay who rode in on the back of a Harley.
National CBS personalities Katie Couric, Dr. Phil and Bob Schieffer offered video tributes. Gala co-chairs were Joan Lee Berkman and Debbie Hollingsworth.
Past president, Alice Handelman, announced that The Press Club has set up a scholarship fund in honor of former Post-Dispatch managing editor David Lipman who died last year. “He was a giant among giants,” Handelman commended. The first $5,000 scholarship will be presented this fall.