In the same week that the St. Petersburg Times won two Pulitzer Prizes, its editor, chief executive and chairman, Paul Tash, received the annual Kappa Tau Alpha Hall of Fame Award from the University of South Florida's School of Mass Communications at a banquet Friday night.
The award recognizes outstanding contributions to journalism and mass communication.
Tash, 54, joined the Times as a local news reporter in 1978 and worked his way up to the paper's top post. In 1990-91, he served as editor and publisher of Florida Trend, a statewide business magazine owned by the Times.
He also is a former chairman of the Florida First Amendment Foundation, and he serves on the board of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists as well as on the Pulitzer Prize board.
Previous recipients of USF's mass communications award, which has been given since 1978, include Times journalists Nelson Poynter, Eugene Patterson and Bette Orsini, Peggy Peterman and Lucy Morgan.
In addition, the school gave its Outstanding Alumnus Award to Ceil Walker-Norris, a 1974 graduate who is president of Walker and Associates, a Memphis public relations firm.