Almena Lomax (1915-2011) is a 2019 inductee into the California Newspaper Hall of Fame.
Hallie Almena Davis majored in journalism at Los Angeles City College and worked for Charlotta Bass (2017 Hall of Fame inductee) at African American weekly The California Eagle. In 1941, she started the weekly Los Angeles Tribune with a $100 loan from her future husband’s father.
The Tribune began as a small newsletter and eventually reached 25,000 circulation. It continued until 1960, by which time Almena Lomax had become an active chronicler of the Civil Rights Movement.
She later wrote for national magazines and protested damaging representations of African-Americans in movies. She returned to newspapering in 1969 as a copy editor at the San Francisco Chronicle and then was reporter for its rival, the San Francisco Examiner.
Lomax continued to write about social issues into the 1990s. She died in 2011 in Pasadena at age 95.
The Hall of Fame inductions will be part of the California Press Foundation’s 142nd annual Winter Meeting, Dec. 5-6 in San Francisco. Cal Press, a membership and charitable organization, helps to assure the future of California journalism through encouragement of education.
It also honors contemporary achievements. Cal Press previously announced that Marty Weybret, former publisher of the Lodi News-Sentinel, will receive its Philip N. McCombs Achievement Award. Other awards include a second Hall of Fame inductee, the Justus F. Craemer News Executive of the Year award, the Mark Twain Award for Journalism Excellence in California and the Jack Bates Award for distinguished service to the California Press.
CNPA members are cordially invited to learn more about Cal Press and to attend the annual meeting, which will include a Thursday evening keynote speaker and a Friday educational panel. In addition, the First Amendment Coalition will offer a Thursday afternoon informational forum at no charge. Registration is now open.