The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association (PNA) is proud to present George V. Lynett with the 2011 PNA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Established in 1998, the award recognizes an individual with a track record of excellence and service to newspapers and journalism.
Lynett is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for the significant impact he has had on Times-Shamrock Communications, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre community and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.
Lynett became publisher of The Scranton Times on March 1, 1966, shortly after the death of his father, Edward J. Lynett, who served as editor of the paper for 20 years. George Lynett spent more than four decades as publisher of what is now The Times-Tribune (Scranton) while growing Times-Shamrock Communications with his brothers Edward and William and their sister, Cecelia, into one of the largest family-owned media companies in the state of Pennsylvania. Times-Shamrock Communications currently consists of 24 newspapers and nine radio stations located in five different states.
Lynett is very active in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre community, serving as co-chairman of The Scranton Plan, the industrial marketing arm of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and driving force behind job creation and retention for Lackawanna County. He served leadership roles in the Scranton Area Foundation, United Way Drive of Lackawanna and Wayne counties, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Scranton Preparatory School, Alumni Association of Scranton Preparatory School, Annual Lackawanna County Cancer Crusade, Allied Services for the Handicapped, Lackawanna United Fund Drive, United Jewish Appeal, University of Scranton Annual Fund Campaign, Marywood College Annual Fund Campaign, “Steamtown U.S.A.” Fund Campaign and the Board of Trustees for Marywood University.
Lynett served as a member of the Board of Directors of The Union Leader in Manchester, N.H.; Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple; Pennsylvania Economic Development Partnership; Wachovia Regional Foundation; Wachovia Northeastern PA Regional Board; Lackawanna County Unit of The American Cancer Society; United Way of Lackawanna County; Scranton Area Foundation; Partnership ’87; Mulberry Central Development Corp.; Wachovia 5-State Regional Advisory Board; Scranton Tomorrow; Northeast Regional Cancer Institute; and The Great Valley Alliance. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Scranton.
Additionally, Lynett was active on the PNA Board of Directors for five years, serving as director at large in 1999, vice chairman in 2000 and 2001, chairman in 2002 and ex officio in 2003 and 2004. He maintains membership in the PNA, as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Lackawanna County Bar Association.
The PNA Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented on Nov. 10, 2011, during the PNA Annual Convention held at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, Pa.
The PNA, founded in 1925, is the nonprofit trade association for print and online media in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to advance the interests of Pennsylvania newspapers, promote the importance of a free and independent press and provide a forum for critical and innovative thinking about the future of journalism and the newspaper industry. It has more than 300 newspaper and media members, including daily, weekly, and college newspapers and online publications.