Philadelphia Inquirer's Gail Shister is a Hall of Famer

August 21, 2008
cineQueer warmly congratulates reporter Gail Shisteron her upcoming induction into the LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame! The ceremony will take place Saturday at the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Convention in Washington.    Here are some highlights from the press release:   Gail Shister was among the first "out" reporters in U.S. mainstream news media when she joined the New Orleans States-Item (now Picayune) in 1975 as its first woman sportswriter. Four years later, she broke the same barrier at The Philadelphia Inquirer.   Shister was named The Inquirer's television columnist in 1982. Widely recognized as one of the country's foremost observers of the industry, Shister's news-breaking column ran for 25 years and was distributed to more than 500 newspapers. On the Web, she had her own link on the Drudge Report.   Now a metro reporter for The Inquirer, Shister writes profiles for Page One. She is a columnist for and appears regularly on CNN's "Reliable Sources." She also teaches writing at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is an adjunct professor in the English Department.   Shister served as vice president of NLGJA and won the Distinguished Service Award in 1997. She and her partner, photographer Penny Jeannechild, have three children.