Aubrey Morris (1922‒2010) was inducted into The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.
Aubrey Morris, WSB Radio’s first news director, was introduced by WSB Radio host of Atlanta’s Morning News Scott Slade. Morris’ daughter Rhoda Morris Owens and 90-year-old widow Tera Morris accepted the award.
[Biography from The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame 2017 award and program.]
Aubrey Morris, originally from Roswell, Georgia, worked as a contributor for the Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution as a teenager. He went on to become editor of the Red and Black while earning a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia.
Morris then worked as a police reporter for the Atlanta Journal, covering events such as the 1946 Winecoff Hotel Fire in downtown Atlanta. Morris remained in this role for more than 10 years.
When Elmo Ellis created the first news department at WSB Radio, Morris expressed interest in making a move to the station. The city editor at the Atlanta Journal recommended Morris to Ellis, but cautioned him, “he has a terrible, nasal voice.” Despite the warning, Ellis hired Morris to become WSB Radio’s first news director. Morris would soon become, as Ellis described him, “the best known voice in Georgia broadcasting.”
From 1957 until he retired in 1987, Morris was often the first reporter on the scene of major, breaking news. Morris often interrupted programming with live reports before he even arrived on the scene — his unmatched sources trusted him and called him with details before anyone else could learn them.
Morris died in Milton, Georgia, in 2010 at the age of 88. He guided and molded generations of broadcast journalists, teaching the reporters who worked for him, by example, to uphold the highest standards of journalism. He truly was “the man who brought newspaper to radio in Atlanta.”
Aubrey Morris’ daughter Rhoda Morris Owens, 90-year-old widow Tera Morris, WSB Radio host Scott Slade, and emcee CNN weekend anchor Christi Paul honor the late news director and broadcaster, Aubrey Morris.
Aubrey Morris’ daughter Rhoda Morris Owens and 90-year-old widow Tera Morris accept The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame award from WSB Radio host of Atlanta’s Morning News Scott Slade at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
Watch the entire evening here: NYDEO: The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 10/10/17.
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Tribute video production by: Richard Crabbe, Kettle Creek Media, photo journalist; Jon Shirek, WXIA-TV and Hall of Fame Event Chair, writing and producing; and Jaye Watson, Director of Brand Awareness for the Emory Brain Health Center (formerly with 11Alive), narration.
The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame inductees — (left to right) Cynthia Tucker Haynes, Aubrey Morris’ widow Tera Morris, Fred Kalil, and Douglas Blackmon — hold their awards. Photo: Facebook.
Aubrey Morris on MLK, Jr. and WSB Radio, Russell Library Audiovisual Collections.