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Auburn University will host Newspaper Hall of Honor event Saturday

Three journalists will be inducted into the Alabama Newspaper Hall of Honor on Saturday in a ceremony at Auburn University.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library in the Alabama Newspaper Hall of Honor Room.

The three inductees are:

-- Karl Elebash Jr., who was the owner, editor and publisher of The Graphic in Tuscaloosa. Elebash will be the 107th journalist to be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Honor.

According to information from Auburn University, Elebash started his newspaper career when he was 17 years old working in The Tuscaloosa News mailroom. The Tuscaloosa native then attended the University of Alabama and continued to work at the paper before joining the U.S. Air Force where he served an intelligence officer in World War II.

After his discharge he became an editorial writer for The Tuscaloosa News. He later worked at the Press Register and The Wall Street Journal. In 1957 he and his wife started The Graphic, a weekly newspaper in Tuscaloosa.

Elebash headed the Graphic for 22 years until it was acquired by The Tuscaloosa News. He also served as president of the Alabama Press Association in 1971.

-- Ben and Libba George, who are the first two journalist to be inducted into the Hall of Honor as a couple. They are the 108th and 109th journalists inducted posthumously.

According to information from Auburn University, the two worked for many years at the weekly Demopolis Times. Libba wrote a column "The Rambling Reporter" and Ben covered police and fire reports.

The two also became involved in various civic activities. Libba was a longtime member and past president of the PTA. Ben served as a member and president of the Demopolis Chamber of Commerce. He was also on the advisory committee for the Demopolis City Board of Education.

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