Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame inducts 2 newsmen

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NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Two longtime newspapermen were inducted into the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame in ceremonies Saturday.

The late Dave Sanford, whose family ran the Mason Valley News in Yerington for decades, and Brian Greenspun, editor and publisher of the Las Vegas Sun, were honored at the Nevada Press Association's annual convention held at the Aliante hotel-casino.

Sanford, who died in January, was publisher of the Mason Valley News until 2013.

A graduate of Yerington High School and the University of Nevada, Reno, Sanford started his career as a sports writer and later covered news, took photos and wrote opinion pieces while also helping with design and paste-up.

After leaving the newspaper briefly in the 1980s, he returned to the Mason Valley News in 1989 and rose to the assistant editor position before becoming editor and co-publisher. Sanford joined his brother, Jim, in assuming ownership of the News when their parents retired.

Sanford won many Nevada Press Association awards and was a former NPA board member. His father, Bob, and brother Jim also are members of the Hall of Fame.

Greenspun joins his father and mother, Hank and Barbara Greenspun, in the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame.

Born in Boulder City, Greenspun oversees the newspaper launched by his parents when they bought the Las Vegas Free Press in 1950. He writes the Where I Stand column in the tradition of his father.

During his career as publisher, the Sun won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and was a Pulitzer finalist two years later. The company recently added The Sunday, a free weekly paper, to its lineup of publications.

Greenspun is a past president of the Nevada Press Association and has been involved in UNLV's journalism program, which is housed in the Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies.

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