Woronoff to be inducted into NC Media and Journalism Hall of Fame
David B. Woronoff, president and publisher of The Pilot of Southern Pines, N.C., is among the five industry leaders who will be inducted on Friday, April 12, into the NC Media and Journalism Hall of Fame.
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.
The Pilot has grown from a twice-weekly local newspaper into a statewide media company during Woronoff's 23 years of leadership. 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.
He was the first community newspaper publisher appointed to the SNPA Board of Directors, and he currently serves on the SNPA Foundation Board of Trustees. Woronoff graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in English.
Honorees will be recognized during a gala benefit that will support the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in its critical role in developing future leaders in the media and journalism professions.
Honorees are selected by a committee of professionals and faculty that considers all nominations. Since its founding in 1981, the Hall of Fame has celebrated nearly 200 professionals in advertising, journalism, public relations and related fields.