The NC Media and Journalism Hall of Fame will induct Taylor Branch, Margaret Johnson, Mary E. Junck, Rochelle Riley and David B. Woronoff on Friday, April 12, 2019.
Founded and administered by the UNC School of Media and Journalism, the Hall of Fame honors exceptional leaders with ties to North Carolina who demonstrate leadership in their spheres of influence; service to the professions and society; performance exemplifying the highest professional standards; and commitment to inspiring and advancing young people in media and journalism careers.
David B. Woronoff is president and publisher of The Pilot of Southern Pines, which has grown from a twice-weekly local newspaper into a statewide media company during his 23 years of leadership. The Pilot was named best community newspaper in the nation in 2002 and 2007 by the Inland Press Association and in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by the National Newspaper Association. Today, The Pilot also publishes four regional magazines (PineStraw in the Sandhills, O.Henry and Seasons in Greensboro, and Salt in Wilmington), Business North Carolina magazine and two telephone directories. The company also owns the 65-year-old Country Bookshop in downtown Southern Pines. Woronoff's career started at The News & Observer of Raleigh, and included stints at The Greenville News in South Carolina and The Anniston Star in Alabama. In 2009, Woronoff was named president of the North Carolina Press Association, the fourth generation of his family to serve in that capacity. He was the first community newspaper publisher appointed to the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association's board of directors. Woronoff graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in English.