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Induction Category & YearArts and Entertainment 1978
Home TownToronto, SD
BirthMay 13, 1896
Toronto, SD

   Fred Christopherson
Champion of Excellence

 Employment History:

5/1917 – 11/1917 Reporter and city editor, Sioux Falls Press
2/1919 – 11/1919 City Editor, Sioux Falls Press
12/1919 – 2/1921 Reporter and city desk reporter, Kansas City Star
2/1921 – 2/1928 Managing editor, editor and publisher, Sioux Falls Press
2/1928 – 4/1072 Associate editor, executive editor, editor and contributing editor, Sioux Falls Argus Leader

From May 1966 to July 1966, Fred was a Special Information Agent for the U.S. Information Service in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. In 1969 and 1970, he was a member of the advisory committee for the U.S. Exhibit in Osaka, Japan.
-- 1941 President, South Dakota Press Association
-- 1938 President, South Dakota Associated Press Association
-- 1939 President, Sioux Falls Rotary Club
-- 1949 President, Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce
-- 1960 – 1972 President, Karl Mundt Historical and Educational Foundation
-- 1962 – until retirement Vice President, Mt. Rushmore National Historical Society
-- 1940 – 1950 Vice President, Sioux Valley Hospital Board of Trustees
-- 1953 General Chairman, Augustana College Library Fund Campaign
-- 1952 – 1956 Director, American Society of Newspaper Editors

Awards, Honors:
Doctor of Letters degree, Dakota State College, 1971
Awarded St. Olav’s medal by King Haakon of Norway, 1948
Distinguished service award by Sioux Falls Cosmopolitan Club, 1965
Certificate of Meritorious Achievement, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 1962
Award of Distinguished Service in Business, University of South Dakota, 1951
Appointed South Dakota Ambassador by Governor Farrar, 1970
Master Publisher Award, S.D. Press Association, 1966
Award of Merit, South Dakota Press Association, 1972

Fred Christopherson was the regular author of “The Editor’s Notebook” and “Christopherson’s Notebook” which were regularly published in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader for 35 years.

Home Town (Toronto, SD)
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