Class of 2019

Janet Mason

Since 1997, Janet Mason has served as President & General Manager of WZZM 13 ON YOUR SIDE, which also operates TEGNA Marketing Solutions, WZZM13.com and the 13 On Target Weather Network. She previously served as Vice President/News Executive for Gannett Broadcasting.

Prior to her corporate roles, Janet was Vice President/News for eight of her 17 years at KARE-TV (Minneapolis/St. Paul), where she also served as News Director, Assistant News Director, Managing Editor, St. Paul Bureau Chief, local update anchor for the “Today Show” and general assignment reporter.

Janet has been active in many community and industry organizations throughout her career. As of January 2019, she is on the Board of Directors of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Davenport University Foundation and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Previously, she was on the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, serving one term as Treasurer, and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.

Janet was inducted into the Silver Circle of the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2015. She has been selected as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan” multiple times by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. Other awards include: Gannett Manager of the Year Finalist in 2009, Amazing Asian Award from the Asian Center of West Michigan in 2007, Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism in 1996, Career Achievement Award in 1995 from the Twin West Chamber of Commerce in Minnesota, and Certificate of Commendation from the Governor of Minnesota in 1990 for her work on diversity issues.

Janet received her Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University. She and her husband, Chuck Halverson, live in the Grand Rapids area.

Bill Proctor

Bill Proctor is an award-winning journalist with a highly-respected career spanning four decades in electronic media. His passion for the truth led Bill to found Proving Innocence, whose mission is to free the innocent in prison … men and women convicted of crimes they did not commit.

He is a celebrated reporter, producer, and news anchor, having worked in five different media markets, including 33 years at WXYZ-TV (Detroit). For more than 19 years, Bill has also successfully provided media training to business executives and other professionals across the country.

A Vietnam-era veteran of the United States Air Force, Bill also spent more than four years as a police officer and assistant to the chief, Region 3 of the Federal Protective Service in Washington D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he received his degree in Sociology and Corrections with a minor in Journalism in 1974.

Since retiring from WXYZ-TV in May 2013, Bill has received several honors and awards, including being named one of the Michigan Chronicle’s 2013 Men of Excellence. His newest endeavor is as President and CEO of Bill Proctor & Associates, a full service firm providing investigative and legal support services.

A resident of Oakland County, Bill has been married to his wife, Miranda, for more than 30 years. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Tim Staudt

Tim Staudt has been a mid-Michigan broadcaster for over 50 years, the longest tenure of any sportscaster on television in the state. Known as the “Dean of Sports,” he has anchored the sportscasts at WILX in Lansing since 1980.

Prior to that, he was the Sports Director at the former WJIM-TV in Lansing from 1970 to 1980. He got his start at WSWM in 1969, where he hosted a daily 5-minute radio show while he was an MSU journalism student. Tim also hosts the popular “Staudt on Sports” each weekday on Sports Radio 730 WVFN (The Fan). Debuting in 1993, the show has grown to become the most widely listened and longest running of its type in Michigan. He has hosted a number of coaches shows and Big Ten Basketball play-by-plays for more than 10 years.

Tim also serves on numerous Lansing-area charities, including Ele’s Place, and helps with many local events. He has hosted the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon since 1989. He also founded the MSU Marching Band Concert for Kids, which helps support both the Sparrow Children’s Center and MSU Spartan Marching Band, raising more than $1.4 million over the years. Tim hosts the concert at his home every September and this year will mark the 17th Anniversary of the event. Tim has also served as the host of the Lansing Catholic High School Scholarship Dinner for 25 years and the Capital Area Athletic Conference senior scholar athlete banquet for 15 years and counting.

Tim has been honored with the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen Award in 2013, the MSU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017, Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Sparrow Health System Founders Award in 2011.

Tim and his wife, Cathy, have three sons and reside in Okemos. He graduated from East Lansing High School and earned his journalism degree from Michigan State University.