During the October 9 reunion reception, KAB
inducted five Kansas broadcasters
into the Kansas Broadcasting Hall of Fame
: Harold Ensley, Overland Park; Tom Hedrick, Lawrence; Ken Jennison, Salina; Tom Leahy, Wichita; and Dev Nelson (posthumously), Manhattan.
presented its Sonny Slater Award for outstanding service to his
station and community, to Larry Hatteberg
, KAKE TV, Wichita.
Tom and his wife Lee live in Lawrence
and they have one grown daughter.
The 2001 Sonny Slater Award is presented to Larry Hatteberg
many years of outstanding service to his
station and the communities it serves.For 38 years, Larry
has brought a special kind of television to Kansas.His
constant search for ordinary people, whose stories illuminate larger issues, put him in a position to develop a personal relationship with Kansas viewers
.Throughout the nation, he
is known as a video storyteller who can "touch" people with his
"Hatteberg's People" series is the longest running television feature in Kansas.The series is so popular, Larry
has published two books called "Larry Hatteberg's Kansas People", based on the television series.Both books were Kansas best-sellers
.Larry's television career began at KAKE in 1963 when he started as a part-time film lab technician.He's been a photographer, chief photographer, assistant news director, executive news director and is now managing editor of KAKE News and prime-time co-anchor of KAKE News At Five.He
is also the co-host of the local segments of the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon.There are few major awards Larry
hasn't won including a prestigious lifetime ‘Emmy'.He
was twice named the prestigious "National Press Photographers Television News Cameraman of the Year."He
received three of the highest awards in photojournalism given by the National Press Photographers Association
was a national semi-finalist for NASA's "Journalist-in-Space" program out of 1,800 applicants.In addition, he
has received over 95 local, state and national awards for television news photography, reporting, and for helping to set broadcast journalism standards.