Alumni Hall of Fame

The Defense Information School (DINFOS) Hall of Fame honors distinguished alumni, living or deceased, who have made extraordinary and lasting contributions at the highest levels in public service, industry, the military or academia for at least 20 years. Nominees may come from the fields of public affairs, public relations, print journalism, photojournalism, broadcast journalism, visual information, photography, videography, multimedia, or broadcast maintenance engineering and other related fields. 

To be considered a Hall of Fame candidate, an individual’s record of achievement must:

  • Embody the DINFOS ethos of “Strength Through Truth”
  • Demonstrate exceptional professional skills resulting in positive and lasting impacts within their respective profession
  • Demonstrate exemplary conduct, ethics and integrity  
  • Display courageous thinking, vision, innovation, impactful leadership and influence 

DINFOS accepts nominations for DINFOS graduates, alumni from Service schools prior to the establishment of DINFOS in 1964, as well as schools that consolidated with DINFOS in the late 1990s (e.g. The Defense Visual Information School, the Defense Photography School, U.S Naval Schools of Photography).

2013 Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductees

The Defense Information School held its inaugural induction ceremony for the DINFOS Alumni Hall of Fame, March 14, 2013.

This award recognizes a DINFOS staff or faculty member whose superior dedication and contributions to the DINFOS mission over a sustained period have inspired students, improved the effectiveness of DINFOS operations, and enhanced the image and reputation of the school.

Walter Mondale, the 42nd Vice President of the United States.

Mondale enlisted in the Army in 1951, serving for two years at the Troop Information and Education section of 3rd Armored Division Artillery. He took on the associate editor role at a regimental bulletin “Tanker’s Dust” and wrote for the post newspaper “Inside the Turret.”
Mondale left the Army as a Corporal, eventually earning his law degree before taking up the mantle of politics.

John Roswell Camp, a 1967 DINFOS student who is a journalist and author
He began his career as a newspaper reporter, eventually earning a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for a lengthy investigative series about the difficulties facing one farm family in Minnesota.
Camp is the author of forty published novels, all of which have appeared, in one format or another, on the New York Times best-seller lists. 

Clarence Page, a 1970 DINFOS student who is a nationally syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune and a 1972 and 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winner.
He has a syndicated writing column in over 150 newspapers, has been a regular panelist on the "McLaughlin Group" and has appeared on the Public Broadcasting Service's "NewsHour" with Jim Lehrer.

"I am truly humbled by this honor, and any of you that have seen me on 'McLaughlin Group' know that humility is not one of my usual emotions," Page joked. "I just want to say that DINFOS gave me so much that I was not expecting.

LouAnne Johnson, a 1972 DINFOS student, is best known for her bestselling book, which was adapted as the film “Dangerous Minds” in 1995. She is the author of ten books, including a popular textbook for teachers, Teaching Outside the Box.

Les Payne, a 1966 DINFOS student served as an editor and columnist at Newsday and was a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists. 
Payne received a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative research in 1974, and the 2020 National Book Award for Nonfiction for his biography The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X.

Steve Doig, a 1970 DINFOS student and former DINFOS instructor from 1971 to 1973, who is the Knight Chair in Journalism at Arizona State University and a 1990 Pulitzer Prize-winner for public service.

Jim Bryant, who graduated from DINFOS in 1980 is an award-winning freelance photojournalist and author whose photography has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and The London Daily Mail.
Bryant has won more than 60 state, regional and national awards for his work

"It's an honor to stand here today among this distinguished group of people."