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UNT's Mayborn School of Journalism inducts Vivian Castleberry in Hall of Honor

From a UNT News Service press release

Vivian Castleberry

Vivian Castleberry

UNT named Vivian Castleberry, longtime women's editor of the Dallas Times Herald who is also known for her work with Peacemakers Incorporated, to the C.E. Shuford Hall of Honor at UNT's Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism.

The Shuford Hall of Honor Award recognizes individuals for professional and educational lifetime achievement and distinguished contributions to the journalism profession. Named for C.E. "Pops" Shuford, who started the journalism program in 1945 at what was then North Texas State Teachers College, the award is the most prestigious award given by the Mayborn School. It has been presented annually since 1982 and is open to those who are not alumni of UNT and did not attend the university.

Past Shuford Hall of Honor recipients include:

  • WFAA-TV anchor John McCaa
  • Longtime PBS host and Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Moyers
  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram editors Bob Ray Sanders and Jack Tinsley
  • Three Associated Press reporters

Castleberry was the women's editor of the Dallas Times Herald for 28 years and was the first woman named to the paper's editorial board. She won numerous journalism awards including:

  • three Katie awards from the Press Club of Dallas
  • two state United Press International awards
  • a state Headliners award
  • the Buck Marryat Award given by the Press Club of Dallas for outstanding contributions to communications

A founder of the Women's Center in Dallas and The Family Place, which was the first women's shelter in the city, Castleberry was chosen for the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 1984. In 1987, she created Peacemakers Incorporated, a nonprofit that sponsors international women's peace conferences and other events.

In 2010, UNT's Peace Studies Program established the UNT Castleberry Peace Institute -- the only peace science research institute in the southern U.S. -- in collaboration with Peacemakers. The institute combines UNT's strengths in peace studies with Peacemakers' strengths of community networking and programming.

Nancy Kolsti with UNT News Service can be reached at


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