BATON ROUGE, La. (LSU’s Manship School) - LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication is set to honor the accomplishments of Cenla's Lyn Rollins and two other distinguished mass communication professionals.
Rollins, alongside Frank Donze and Kim Hunter Reed, Ph.D., will be inducted into the Manship School Hall of Fame at its annual gala in April.
In its 45th year, the Manship School Hall of Fame gala honors alumni and supporters who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their careers. From Pulitzer Prize winners to political analysts to writers to producers, the Hall of Fame includes some of the most accomplished journalists and communication experts of our time.
Lyn Rollins, who received a master’s in journalism from LSU in 1988, is believed to have called more televised college baseball games than any other announcer in the country. He has been the lead play by play broadcaster for SEC and ESPN coverage of LSU Sports since its inception. In addition, Rollins has been a Cox Sports Television play-by-play voice since 2003 and was the primary play-by-play broadcaster for Jumbo Sports’ groundbreaking telecasts of LSU baseball and other state schools beginning with LSU coverage in 1994, continuing spot duty today. He has completed state high school game of the week telecasts, hundreds of high school football radio broadcasts, and has called a range of sports including soccer, gymnastics, softball, soccer, and volleyball collegiately, primarily for LSU coverage on various networks. He is a four-time Louisiana Sportscaster of the Year.
The late Frank Donze, a 1977 graduate of the Manship School, served as the “dean” of New Orleans political reporters and was with the Audubon Nature Institute at the time of his passing. He learned the ropes at The Daily Reveille as a sports editor before graduating from LSU and beginning his career at The Times-Picayune as New Orleans City Hall reporter. With historical depth and keen social insight, he chronicled his hometown for decades. He covered five mayoral administrations and along the way some of the city's most challenging chapters. Donze was a member of The Times-Picayune team that won two Pulitzer Prizes, a George Polk Award, a National Headliner Award and the Medill Award for Courage in Journalism for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
Kim Hunter Reed, Ph.D. received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from LSU in 1987. She is Louisiana’s Commissioner of Higher Education. Her appointment in April of 2018 made Reed the only female in the country currently serving as a state higher education leader who has led higher ed in more than one state. Reed has extensive higher education and government experience. Prior to being named Commissioner, Reed served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. A Lake Charles native, she served in President Barack Obama’s administration as deputy undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education, leading postsecondary diversity and inclusion work, supporting strong student and outcomes-focused policies and aggressive national outreach efforts. In 2015, Reed chaired Louisiana’s higher education transition team and served as the State’s policy director. Reed also served as chief of staff and deputy commissioner for public affairs for the Louisiana Board of Regents and executive vice president of the University of Louisiana System.