PNA announces Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

  • Sep 08, 2017



Jacquelynn Lehman


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Vernon L. Wise, Jr. selected as Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

HARRISBURG, Pa. (September 7, 2017) — The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) is proud to present the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Vernon L. Wise, Jr. of the Butler Eagle. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes exceptional service and outstanding accomplishment spanning a career in journalism.

Wise was selected for the award due to his leadership and commitment not only at the Butler Eagle and Butler Color Press, but for his impressive contributions to the newspaper industry and local community. In his nomination letter, Ron Vodenichar emphasized Wise’s technological and other innovations at the Butler Eagle, and his commitment to family ownership of the newspaper and printing company.  Wise is the third generation of his family to serve as Publisher, which emphasizes his commitment to family ownership, with five generations being involved in the business.

His community contributions include leadership with the Butler County Chapter of the Salvation Army, the Community Development Corporation of Butler County and much more.

The award will be presented at the PNA Annual Dinner on Thursday evening, November 2, at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. 

About PNA:

The PNA, founded in 1925, is the nonprofit trade association for print and online news media in Pennsylvania. Its mission is to advance the business interests of Pennsylvania news media organizations and to promote the importance of a free and independent press. It has more than 300 newspaper and media-related members, including daily, weekly and collegiate newspapers and online news publications.


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