Stan Tiner, the former editor who guided the Sun Herald for 15 years before retiring this year, will be inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi Mass Communications and Journalism Hall of Fame on Thursday.
Tiner was a newspaper editor in four states: Louisiana, where he was editor of The Shreveport Journal; Alabama, where he led the newsroom of the Mobile Press-Register; Oklahoma, at the Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City; and the Sun Herald where he ended his career.
The Sun Herald, under his guidance, won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its work in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The paper also fought for open and honest government.
The newspaper took on the state Department of Transportation over its travel budget and exposed corruption at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. To do that, at Tiner's urging, the paper took Attorney General Jim Hood, State Auditor Stacey Pickering and the DMR to court over a batch of DMR records they didn't want to give up. State officials eventually were held in contempt of court, the records were handed over and the DMR's former executive director, William Walker, went to prison.
Although Tiner graduated from Louisiana Tech, his newsroom on the Coast generally had at least a half-dozen graduates of the Hattiesburg university.
Justin Mitchell, associate web editor and social media specialist, graduated from USM in 2012 and started at the Sun Herald three days after graduation.
"Stan always encouraged me to be myself, think for myself and to continue to be an individual," he said. "He will always be a voice of strength for when I need it the most. I also miss our conversations about watches, Rihanna, and tattoos."
Tiner joins Sun Herald photojournalist Tim Isbell and former Sun Herald employees James Bates, the late Pic Firmin and Kevin Cooper in the Hall of Fame.