Tom Humphrey — the News Sentinel’s man in Nashville, dean of the Capitol press corps and prolific state government blogger — was honored over the weekend by the Southeast chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
The inscription on the silver Journalist of the Year plaque said it was “for demonstrating the highest level of integrity, for unique contributions to the public welfare, and for distinguished service in print journalism.”
This year’s awards dinner concluded a conference in Nashville that featured former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, nine state supreme court justices, four federal judges, and several nationally prominent attorneys as presenters. Sen. Fred Thompson was the keynote speaker at the awards dinner.
“Tom Humphrey was chosen as the Print Journalist of the Year because of his spotless reputation integrity and the consistent high quality of his work for so many years on the Hill,” said attorney Wayne Ritchie, president of Tennessee chapter of SEABOTA. “His dedication is unmatched. He has a sharp eye for the truth and an uncanny sense of politics. As one of his co-workers put it: ‘the truth is that Tom is, has been and remains the most upright, conscientious, hardworking journalist ever to work on Capitol Hill.’ For more than 30 years, Tom Humphrey has been the best of the best at bringing Tennessee politics to light. The depth and character of Tom’s work is becoming increasingly rare. It’s vital that his brand of traditional journalism endures and thrives as a check and balance on what goes on at the state capitol. The award is most deserved.”
SEABOTA is made up of trial lawyers from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, Western North Carolina, and Virginia.
Jamie Satterfield, the News Sentinel’s courts reporter, was similarly honored in 2009.