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Carol Williams, Clyde Gray inducted into Greater Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame

Carol Williams and Clyde Gray
Mike Philipps
Posted at 3:08 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 08:59:27-04

CINCINNATI — Longtime WCPO anchors Clyde Gray and Carol Williams are among three new inductees to the Greater Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame, as well as Mike Philipps, the former president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation.

The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists named the inductees.

Carol Williams

Williams joined the WCPO anchor desk in 1986. She spent 37 years in television, starting her career at a TV station in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

She interviewed two presidents -- Bill Clinton and Barack Obama -- and celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey. Williams even helped cover a Super Bowl that featured the Cincinnati Bengals.

Williams signed off for the last time at the end of WCPO's 6 o'clock newscast March 3, 2017, and now enjoys visiting her children in Seattle and Boston. She works on the program "Conversations" on Spectrum News 1, tutors at a neighborhood school and teaches broadcast writing at the University of Cincinnati.

Carol Williams

Clyde Gray

Viewers can still see Gray on WCPO as co-host of the local lifestyle show "Cincy Lifestyle."

Gray began his career in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1977 before coming to Cincinnati in 1979. He also reported and anchored in the city of Baltimore before making a permanent return to the Queen City.

Gray was a member of the award-winning I-Team which earned a DuPont Award and many regional Emmys. Gray retired from the anchor desk in 2014 to devote more time to his communications agency, Blackboard Marketing.

Clyde Gray

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Mike Philipps

Philipps is the former editor and CEO of The Cincinnati Post and The Kentucky Post.

Philipps filled a number of roles during his time with the newspapers including reporter, assistant city editor and editorial writer before being named editor and CEO of the newspapers in 2001. He joined the Scripps Howard Foundation in 2008 and served as its leader until retiring in 2015. In total, he worked for The E.W. Scripps Company for 38 years.

Philipps also served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a Military Intelligence Officer.

In retirement, Philipps volunteers as a site team member for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, and volunteers for a variety of duties with the United States Coast Guard.

Mike Philipps

All three inductees and other local journalists were honored at the Greater Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Thursday.