Kameen and Wingert earn Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence

  • Oct 09, 2014

CONTACT:  
Lisa Strohl
Email: lisas@pa-news.org
Phone: (717) 703-3071

HARRISBURG, Pa. (October 9, 2014) — The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence: John P. Kameen, owner of The Forest City News, and Joseph T. Wingert, owner/publisher of the Bucks County Herald.

Established in 1998, the award recognizes individuals who have performed an outstanding service or accomplishment to their newspapers, to the newspaper industry in general, to their local communities, or to the PNA, that reflected positively on the newspaper industry in Pennsylvania.

John Kameen receives this award for his dedication to The Forest City News and the Forest City community. Kameen began his newspaper career at the age of 15, working for his father at The Forest City News. He continued to work at the newspaper while earning a Bachelor’s degree in electronics from the University of Scranton, and purchased The Forest City News from his father in 1968. He served two terms on the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publisher Association’s Board of Directors in the early 1980s.

In addition to his long newspaper career, Kameen has been extensively involved in the Forest City community, serving on numerous boards and councils, including the Board of Governors at the University of Scranton, the Susquehanna County Economic Development Board and Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Board. He has worked extensively to increase business and industry development in the area and helped establish the Susquehanna County Chamber of Commerce in 1996.  

Joseph T. Wingert and his wife began the Bucks County Herald as small community newspaper with a modest circulation. The newspaper has grown to become a staple in the community, and the Wingerts are respected, dedicated members of the community. Wingert has served two terms on the PNA Board of Directors and is an active member of the government affairs committee.

In his nomination letter, Jason Etter wrote that Wingert’s “faith in the Bucks County Herald and the community it supports keeps the Bucks County Herald a growing and thriving business.” Wingert encourages employees to experience all aspects of the newspaper business, whether it’s answering phones, greeting customers, delivering newspapers or learning accounts receivables.  “He has created a local community-based newspaper that has never, not even for a second, been focused primarily on revenue, but rather the content and integrity of the publication.”

The PNA Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence will be presented on November 6, 2014 during the PNA Annual Convention, held at the William Penn Omni Hotel in Pittsburgh.

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 business interests of Pennsylvania news media companies and to promote a free and independent press. The PNA has more than 300 newspaper and media-related organizations as members, including daily, weekly, and college newspapers and online publications.

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