Hampden H. Smith III, former head of W&L’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame April 12. Smith, Professor of Journalism Emeritus, was one of 14 individuals selected for the honor in the Hall of Fame’s 25th year. Several other 2012 inductees had W&L connections, including one of Smith’s former students: Mike Allen, ’88, chief White House correspondent for Politico. Rob Dementi, ’82, accepted the award for his late father, Robert Dementi, also a W&L alum and a photographer. Roger Mudd, ’50, was emcee for the event at the John Marshall in Richmond. He was in the first class of inductees for the Hall of Fame, which was established in 1986 to honor men and women who have shown exceptional achievement through the years in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, advertising, public relations, journalism-related organizations or journalism education. Prof. Brian Richardson serves on the selection committee for the Hall of Fame, which is hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University.