Mike Donoghue is a veteran reporter who’s covered just about every story big and small in the state of Vermont — and lots of sports games in between. He has just retired after nearly a half century of reporting for the Burlington Free Press.
Donoghue has been named to five halls of fame. They include being selected by the New England Press Association for its Community Journalism Hall of Fame in 2000. Three years later he was named one of three charter members selected nationwide by the Society of Professional Journalists and The National Freedom of Information Coalition for their National Hall of Fame for Local Heroes. Other honors include the Yankee Quill Award in 2007 for a lifetime commitment to outstanding journalism in New England and beyond; selected the New England Journalist of the Year for print or electronic media in 2013; and voted by Gannett employees nationwide to receive “Greater Good Award” from the company in 2013.
Earlier this year Donoghue received the Matthew Lyon Award from the the Vermont Press Association for his lifetime commitment to the First Amendment and the public’s right to know the truth in Vermont.
Donoghue reflects on the stories he’s done that have changed policy, the state of journalism today, and shares some of the highlights of a storied career.
Sam Hemingway recently retired after 37 years as a reporter at the Burlington Free Press. He talks about the stories he’s covered that have made a difference: Gov. Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign, heroin in Vermont, the case of an apartheid-era sanctions buster. He also reflects on the changes in media and recent upheaval at the Burlington Free Press.
Sweatshops, worker’s rights, fair trade and the Bangladesh garment factory disaster, with Barbara Briggs, assistant director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. In our second half we talk with Candace Page, recently retired after 30 years as a reporter with the Burlington Free Press, about her life in Vermont journalism.