Hamiel will be honored during the 130th convention of the South Dakota Newspaper Association. He becomes the 103rd member of the Newspaper Hall of Fame.
Hamiel retired as publisher of Forum Communication Co.’s The Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D., in 2007 after 35 years in the newspaper business. He began his career in 1972 at the Huron Plainsman as a sportswriter. He also worked at the Brookings Register, Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, The Morning Sun in Pittsburg, Kan., the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan and the Cincinnati Post.
When he retired from newspapering in 2007, Hamiel took a position with the South Dakota Community Foundation, where he works with communities statewide in philanthropic development.
“We are humbled to honor someone who has made huge contributions to the newspaper business in our state,” said SDNA President Lucy Halverson, publisher of the Lyman County Herald, Presho. “Noel Hamiel has had a positive, powerful impact not only on the newspaper industry in South Dakota, but throughout our state as well.”
Through his years as a journalist, Hamiel won numerous awards for editorial and column writing. He was president (twice) of the South Dakota Associated Press Managing Editors group and served on the SDNA Board of Directors.
He was named a Lusk Fellow at South Dakota State University in 2007 for outstanding service to journalism and received the SDNA Distinguished Service Award in 2009.
Hamiel served in the South Dakota Legislature from 2008 to 2010. As a freshman representative, he successfully sponsored a bill to require transparency for certain no-bid contracts in government. He served as co-chairman of the Governor’s Wage Study Task Force and as chairman of the South Dakota Board of Education.
Hamiel and his wife, Janet, have been married for 38 years. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.