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Seely ’74 Receives Permanent Honor

Hart Seely ’74 has been inducted into the Syracuse Press Club’s Wall of Distinction, a permanent exhibit honoring journalists. He and four other Syracuse-area journalists were honored at a dinner and induction ceremony on Oct. 21.

According to an article in The Post-Standard, “The Wall of Distinction is the press club’s highest award. A plaque honoring each inductee becomes part of an exhibit at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center.” Since 2000, 61 journalists have been added to the Wall.

The article also provides information on Seely’s career:

“Seely has been a reporter for the Herald-Journal and The Post-Standard since 1981. He was embedded with the U.S. Army in Iraq during reporting trips in 2005 and 2006.

In addition to state journalism awards, Seely has won national awards, including the National Children’s Express Award for Investigative Journalism, the Clarion Award for Investigative Journalism and the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors Award for short feature writing.

In speaking of Seely and colleague Janis Barth, who was also inducted last week, Post-Standard Executive Editor Michael J. Connor said, “It is fitting that the Press Club honors Janis and Hart simultaneously, because they have been colleagues for decades, and in some ways represent two faces of the same coin. They both care deeply about and have dedicated their work to the craft of good writing. Janis, first as a reporter and for most of her career as an editor, and Hart, as a writer with not just a local but a national following and reputation, have built exemplary careers that reminds all of us in the business that the possibilities for communicating everything from playfulness to poignancy rest with the power of the words we choose and the order in which we arrange them.”

Seely is a part-time reporter at the Post-Standard and the author of several books, including “O Holy Cow: The Selected Verses of Phil Rizzuto,” (HarperCollins), “Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld,” (Simon & Schuster) and “Mrs. Goose Goes to Washington” (Simon & Schuster.) His works have appeared in National Lampoon, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Republic,,, and on National Public Radio. He lives in Dewitt with his family.

Seely earned a B.A. in political science from Hobart College and was a member of the lacrosse team while a student.