The Cooper Hudnutt Memorial Journalism Scholarship Academic Year 2013-2014
This contest has ended for this year. Watch for it again early next year.
The Cooper Hudnutt Memorial Journalism Scholarship will be awarded annually in memory of a publisher and family man dedicated to the communities he served.
When Hudnutt died at age 57 in November 2011, he had been publisher of The Chronicle-Telegram for 20 years. Before that, he had served as publisher of The Gazette in Medina County. Both papers are part of the Lorain County Printing & Publishing Co., whose board of directors Coop chaired at his death.
Ink ran in Coop’s veins. He was part of a newspaper family. His grandfather, A.C. Hudnutt, purchased an interest in The Chronicle in 1922 and bought out his partner in 1927 to take control of the paper. Coop’s father, A.D. Hudnutt, served as publisher The Chronicle until Coop took over the job. He was more than ready, having worked for The Chronicle since he had a paper route as a boy.
Born in Columbus in 1953, he grew up in Elyria and graduated from Elyria High School in 1971. He got a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1975 from Ashland College, now Ashland University.
As a publisher, he was known for his deep commitment to the newspaper and the community.
He was a quiet leader, investing confidence in those he supervised and drawing top performance from them. In his last decade he oversaw a multimillion-dollar construction project at The Chronicle that brought about a merger of its publishing operations with those of The Gazette.
He was deeply involved in charity work, serving on the board of the United Way of Greater Lorain County from 1994 until 2000, and donating to Elyria Little League East and The Chronicle’s annual Not-Forgotten Box toy drive.
He was also a diehard fan of the Cleveland Browns and drove to home games in a van painted orange and brown.
His family remains involved in the business. Son Bill is The Chronicle’s Web publisher. Brother George is publisher of The Gazette. Cousin Andy Young is editor of The Chronicle.