For outstanding service to journalism in Tennessee, Demetria Kalodimos is inducted into the 2016 class of the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame.
Ms. Kalodimos took an unusual path to her career in journalism. She majored in music at Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating cum laude in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She continued her education at the University of Illinois where she was awarded a master of science in journalism
In 2007, she was received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Illinois Wesleyan.
She began her TV career at WICD, Champaign, Ill., as an anchor/reporter. In 1984, she was chosen in a nationwide search to join Dan Miller on the anchor desk at WSMV. She is now the longest continuous evening news anchor in WSMV history and consistently voted a favorite in local reader polls.
At Channel 4, Ms. Kalodimos has won 15 Emmys, two National Headliner Awards, two Investigative Reporters and Editors National Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting and two national citations from American Women in Radio and Television. In 1996, she was chosen Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster of the Year.