A longtime Associated Press State House correspondent and a retired St. Louis Post-Dispatch correspondent have joined the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame.

Richard Dudman and the late Robert Crocker were formally inducted Saturday during the Maine Press Association’s fall conference in Auburn.

Dudman was captured in Cambodia while covering the Vietnam War for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and wrote an account that later became a book, “40 Days with the Enemy.” He also covered Fidel Castro’s takeover of Cuba, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Watergate scandal. Later, he served as an editorial writer for the Bangor Daily News.

Crocker was a prolific writer, filing several thousand stories each legislative session. He also was active as a member of the Wire Service Guild, serving as its president.

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