Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence

Established in 1998, the award recognizes individuals who have performed an outstanding service or accomplishment to their newspapers; to the news media industry; to their local communities; or to the PNA, that reflected positively on the news media industry in Pennsylvania. (Nominees may include news media owners and employees, legislators, community leaders, business leaders and university/college administrators.)

The award is presented at the PNA Annual Dinner at the Annual Convention. Contact Lisa Strohl at lisas@pa-news.org (717) 703-3062, with questions or concerns. 

2016 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence winner: Dave Erdman, former Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, The Morning Call

2015 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence winner: John Baer, reporter and news columnist, the Philadelphia Daily News

2014 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence winners: John P. Kameen, owner of The Forest City News; and Joseph T. Wingert, owner/publisher of the Bucks County Herald.

2013 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence winners: Jim McClure, editor of The York Daily Record/York Sunday News

2012 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence winners: William "Bill" Anderson, publisher of Mainline Newspapers; and Sara Ganim, police reporter, and The Patriot-News staff

2011 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence winners: Ernest J. Schreiber, retired editor-in-chief of the Lancaster New Era; and Timothy M. Williams, retired CEO and president of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association  

2010 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence winners: Robert W. Bogle, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Tribune; and Richard M. Scaife, former publisher of the Greensburg Tribune-Review

2009 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence winners: Caroline Steinman Nunan, chairwoman of the James Hale Steinman Foundation; and Beverly Randolph Steinman, vice-chairwoman of the James Hale Steinman Foundation

2008 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence winner: James G. Blaine, writer, teacher and consultant, Philadelphia

2007 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence winner: Jan Murphy, Craig Staudenmaier, Esq., The Patriot-News Staff, Harrisburg

2006 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence winner: Coulston "Skip" Henry, retired publisher, News Gleaner Publications, Philadelphia

2005 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence winner: Mark Scolforo, reporter, The Associated Press, Harrisburg

 
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