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Jones Among Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame Honorees

WLNS-TV 6 news anchor Sheri Jones has long been high on the list of trusted broadcast journalists in the Greater Lansing region, and she’s now getting honored with inclusion in the 2023 class of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

“Being inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame is an incredible honor,” Jones said.  “As a journalist, I’ve always taken the responsibility of being a voice for the voiceless, finding the facts, and fairly and accurately reporting the news seriously.”

Jones started her broadcast journalism career part time for WLNS in 1988. That soon led to full-time work via the coveted crime beat and a chair at the anchor desk in 1989. Since then, she has dedicated herself to serving the community and remains steadfast in fair and balanced reporting.

“Anyone who has worked with me knows my motto is, ‘You want to be right, not first,’” Jones said. “To be recognized for my dedication and effort to shine a light on what’s happening in our community over the last 35 years for WLNS-TV 6 is a blessing. I am forever grateful for this honor.”

The Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame was established to recognize those who have advanced the legacy of a free and responsible press and who have elevated journalism in Michigan. Induction memorializes extraordinary and clearly outstanding careers.

This year’s inductees have made major, sustained contributions in Michigan journalism. Along with Jones, they include:

  • Journalist and professor Dr. Lucinda D. Davenport.
  • Trailblazing journalist Luise Ruth Mahon Leismer.
  • Multimedia entertainment journalist Jim McFarlin.
  • Editor, recruiter and professor Walter T. Middlebrook.
  • Longtime Detroit Free Press journalist Patricia Montemurri.


The 2023 Hall of Fame class will be honored at a banquet April 23  at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.

Co-sponsors of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame are the Michigan chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, the Detroit chapter of the Association for Women in Communications, Central Michigan University’s Department of Journalism, the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Detroit and Mid-Michigan chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Detroit Press Club, Wayne State University’s journalism program, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, and the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Jones can be seen at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on WLNS.

For more on Jones, view our previous interview with 517 Magazine here.

Visit the Hall of Fame website for more information on the upcoming induction.