WAFB’s Donna Britt to be inducted into Manship School Hall of Fame at 2020 gala

WAFB's Donna Britt to be inducted into Manship School Hall of Fame

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Former WAFB anchor, Donna Britt, is set to be inducted into the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication Hall of Fame. Three others will also be inducted at the ceremony, which will be held March 30.

Now in its 46th year, the Manship School Hall of Fame gala honors both alumni and supporters who have made stellar accomplishments in their careers. The Hall of Fame includes some of the most accomplished journalists and communication experts, the school says.


Joining the current 130 members this year are Donna Britt, George Lockwood, Jim Michie, and Herb Vincent. Lockwood is a former faculty member at the Manship School. Michie is the former director of news media services for US Customs and Border Protection. Vincent is the associate commissioner for communications for the Southeastern Conference.

The following information was provided by the Manship School:

Donna Britt graduated from LSU in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. At WAFB, she became a beloved journalist and anchor reporting on countless major news events across Louisiana over the next three decades. Britt served on the LSU Student Media Board for several years helping to select student editors and station managers. She also mentored Manship School students as interns at WAFB and through the LSU International Hospitality Foundation’s Friendship Host Program. Britt has been honored with numerous awards for her work in journalism and media, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters, as well as a Suncoast Regional EMMY awards for human interest and best newscast.

The late George Lockwood, a former beloved Manship School faculty member, was a longtime editor at The Milwaukee Journal. He oversaw its Pulitzer Prize-winning series on pollution, which drove changes in industrial waste regulation policy in Wisconsin. Lockwood then served as executive editor of the St. Joseph (Missouri) News-Press. After more than 40 years in the newspaper business, Lockwood joined the Manship School as the Fred Jones Greer Jr. Chair in Media Business and Ethics. During his time as Greer Chair, Lockwood organized the first John Breaux Symposium, “The Press at the Turn of the Century.”

Jim Michie earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from LSU in 1962. He spent his career as a broadcast journalist at WDSU and WTOP and as a mass communication and public affairs professional whose last major stop before retirement was as director of news media services for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Michie also worked for U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Office of the Director of the CIA, Rowan & Blewitt Incorporated and the committee staffs of U.S Senator Edward M. Kennedy, U.S. Congressman Ted Weiss and U.S. Senator H. John Heinz III. His experience in the nation’s capital spanned more than three decades, serving in positions as manager of internal and external communications, chief investigator for Congressional committees and crisis communication consultant. His reporting has been recognized with awards and honors. His mini-documentary series on highway transportation hazards at WTOP won an Emmy.

Herb Vincent, who graduated from LSU in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, is responsible for all communications, public relations, branding and social media strategies for the Southeastern Conference. Vincent serves as the associate commissioner for communications for the SEC and is the 2019-2020 president of College Sports Information Directors of America, or CoSIDA. Prior to his work with the SEC, Vincent was senior associate athletics director at LSU from 2002-2013 and simultaneously served as associate vice chancellor for communications and university relations for LSU from 2009-2013. Previously he was sports information director at LSU from 1988-2000. His lifelong passion for sports writing and accomplishments in the field led CoSIDA to honor him as the recipient of the Arch Ward Award in 2019, the most prestigious recognition given by the organization. He is author of “LSU Football Vault: The History of the Fighting Tigers” (Whitman Publishing, 2008). The LSU Alumni Association inducted Vincent into its Hall of Distinction in 2015.

The gala is scheduled for Monday, March 30 at the Heidelberg Room at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, located at 201 Lafayette St. in Baton Rouge. Cocktail hour starts at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets to the gala, click here.

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