Lee Enterprises Honors President's Awards Winners

  Lee Enterprises Honors President's Awards Winners

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DAVENPORT, Iowa -- November 6, 2013

Mary Junck, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Lee
Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE), announced today the winners of 2013 Lee
President’s Awards for outstanding journalism, innovation and spirit.

“The achievements we honor with these awards represent only a glimpse of the
vital service we provide every day as, by far, the leading source of news,
information and advertising in our markets,” she said. “The powerful
journalism highlighted here illustrates the extraordinary impact we contribute
to our communities. Year after year, our Innovation winners have made our
company better – and, in fact, over the last dozen years, 19 of the winning
initiatives have become blueprints for standard operating procedures. Also, as
you’ll see in reading the testimonials for our Spirit winner and finalists, we
draw inspiration from the remarkable deeds of our fellow employees.”


The news award recognizes outstanding achievement in any aspect of print and
online journalism, from reporting and writing to photography, video, graphics
and presentation.

Receiving awards:

  *Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, for “Losing Ground,” a stark examination of
    why one in three Tucson children live in poverty. The series prompted more
    than 500 people to volunteer as reading coaches for at-risk children.
    Readers also have donated more than $25,000 to Reading Seed, a local
    nonprofit that trains and organizes tutors. The Community Foundation of
    Southern Arizona announced it will award $200,000 in grants to programs
    that target childhood poverty. In response to a story that described two
    boys sleeping on the floor, a furniture store donated 40 beds to children
    in one poor neighborhood. Other readers donated cash, clothes, books and
    school supplies. One woman bought three tons of sand for the playground at
    an inner-city school. Sharing the award are Stephanie Innes, Carli
    Brosseau, Emily Bregel, Alexis Huicochea, Sarah Garrecht Gassen, Momta
    Popat, Mike Christy, Chiara Bautista, Kelly Presnell, Samantha Munsey and
    Jim Maish. Details
  *Billings Gazette, in Billings, Montana, for “State of Despair,” revealing
    a horrifying epidemic of suicide in Montana, at a greater frequency than
    any other place in the nation and at twice the national average. The
    series received extensive recognition from mental health organizations,
    public officials and readers, and it was cited on the floor of the U.S.
    Senate during discussion of military suicides. The judges praised Cindy
    Uken for powerful reporting, sensitive writing and provocative interviews
    with Montanans touched by suicides of loved ones. She shares the award
    with city editor Chris Jorgensen, designer Rob McDonald, photographer
    James Woodcock and videographer Lloyd Blunk. One judge observed, “I’m sure
    they saved peoples’ lives.” Details
  *St. Louis Post-Dispatch for “Death on the Rails” – a series exposing the
    astonishing extent of pedestrian deaths on railroad tracks and how the
    problem has been largely ignored. Todd C. Frankel’s reporting on thousands
    of pages of court documents and regulatory filings, along with interviews
    with the families of more than 90 victims, railroad workers, regulators
    and safety experts, showed that railroads had fought efforts to provide
    more detail of where pedestrians were being killed, making it impossible
    to identify sites needing safety improvements. His reporting also showed
    that rail companies had admitted ignoring obvious signs of people walking
    on their rails, and that engineers at times failed to brake or even slow
    down when they spotted people in the path of a train. Frankel shares the
    award with photographer David Carson. Details
  *The Post-Star in Glens Falls, New York, for “Who Takes Care of Us?” – a
    nine-part series on the state of care for the elderly, the current
    problems and pending future crisis. Sharing the award are Jon Alexander,
    Todd Kehoe, Ken Tingley, Meg Hagerty, Lindsey Hollenbaugh, Jason McKibben,
    Jamie Munks, Derek Pruitt, Bill Toscano, Will Doolittle and Maury
    Thompson. One judge remarked: “I was very taken by their ability to speak
    to issues that I think are on the minds of so many readers and they
    addressed it in ways that people could act on. That was very impressive.
    This is a subject I think that is often overlooked and I've rarely seen it
    so very well explained.” Details
  *The Times of Northwest Indiana, based in Munster, for “Children in Peril”
    by Marisa Kwiatkowski, revealing the heart-wrenching struggles of families
    to find help for children with severe mental illnesses or developmental
    disabilities. In response to the series, state officials announced a
    series of steps, including regulation changes and funding of $25 million
    to address the problem. Kwiatkowski’s series won the 2013 Casey Medal for
    Meritorious Journalism from the U.S. Journalism Center on Children and
    Families. She also received the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma
    Delta Chi public service award. Details
  *Wisconsin State Journal in Madison for “Doctor Discipline,” a series that
    examined the medical board’s use of reprimands, explored cases of apparent
    malpractice that resulted in no discipline at all, and discussed whether
    the board needs more resources or authority. The series blended patients’
    personal stories with details and data from documents. It generated
    significant reader response and led the medical board to create a
    disciplinary guidelines committee to review guidelines in other states.
    The judges especially praised the public service, writing, impressive
    fact-gathering and creation of an extensive, interactive database of 218
    cases. The award honors reporter David Wahlberg, web editor Nick Heynen,
    assistant city editor Beth Williams and city editor Phil Brinkman. Details

Judges for Excellence in News were Cate Barron, editor of The Patriot-News in
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and vice president of content for PA Media Group;
Rick Thames, editor of The Charlotte Observer; and Richard Cole, dean emeritus
of the School of Journalism and professor at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill.

They gave honorable mentions to Rob Chaney and Kurt Wilson of the Missoulian
in Missoula, Montana, for coverage of wildfires, noting the exceptional
photography and the journalists’ courage, and to Peter Salter and the staff of
the Lincoln Journal Star in Nebraska for “Shattered Silence, Shattered Lives,”
gripping storytelling and strong digital presentation of a haunting tragedy.


The innovation award recognizes an individual or team for creating or
significantly advancing an idea that drives revenue, builds audiences or
serves customers better.

Receiving awards:

  *Casper Star-Tribune Communications in Casper, Wyoming, for developing a
    series of initiatives that have produced explosive growth in digital
    retail advertising revenue. Sharing the award are Advertising Director
    Janet Johnson and Marketing Director Nicole Ott. With an intense focus on
    products, structure, sales tools and training, the staff achieved revenue
    growth of 77% in premium banner sales in the first four months of the
  *LeeLocal, for identifying and developing a comprehensive portfolio of
    digital marketing services for midsize and small businesses. Services
    include search engine marketing, reputation strategy products, Facebook
    advertising, social media management products, custom web and mobile
    development, e-commerce and development of business category directory
    listings. The award is shared by the LeeLocal team of Meagan Danielsen,
    Rachael Pracht, Jason Stevens, Angela Panicucci, Ryan Tornquist, Amber
    Ewoldt and Richard Brashear, in collaboration with the Lee corporate sales
    and digital development staff members Tim D’Avis, Kate Murphy and Peg
  *Capital Newspapers  in Madison, Wisconsin, for developing a digital
    command center that monitors, curates and distributes shareable content
    across nearly 50 Lee sites and associated digital products. The editorial
    team also coordinates wire.lee.net, a content-sharing project that has
    generated more than 2.3 million page views for Lee sites since ramping up
    over the past several months. The digital command center team includes
    Jeff Bauer, Amethyst Begley, Jason Dean, Teryl Franklin, Rob Hernandez,
    Nick Heynen, Tim Kelley, Jon Kramer, Staci Northouse, Jeff Richgels, Jeff
    Roll, Kerin Rue, Ryan Smith, Laura Sparks, Bryan Watson and Todd Wengel.
  *The Times and Democrat in Orangeburg, South Carolina, for developing
    events and products that drive non-traditional revenue and build
    audiences. Programs include sponsored events such as cooking shows,
    gardening workshops, pet contests, silent auctions, coloring books and
    story books, along with non-traditional special sections for charitable
    giving, employee recognition and safety awareness. The award is shared by
    all members of the advertising department.
  *St. Louis Post-Dispatch, for becoming a national leader in video
    innovation. Video views on STLtoday.com have increased more than 10-fold
    in two years -- from less than 100,000 to more than 1.1 million plays each
    month, providing increased revenue. The video team includes Gary Hairlson,
    Huy Mach, Bryan Burwell, Bernie Miklasz, Aisha Sultan, Dave Matter,
    Derrick Goold, Rick Hummel, Catherine Neville, Josh Renaud, Chris Lee, Jim
    Thomas, Bob Rose, Beth Wiggins, Teresa Griffin, Donna Bischoff and Melody

  *Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, for setting the community abuzz with “Pizza
    Madness,” a social networking campaign to find the winning pizza
    restaurant from a field of 32 contestants. Over 11 weeks, the contest
    generated 21,946 likes on Facebook, while restaurants campaigned for votes
    and even media competitors covered the standings brackets. The award is
    shared by Irene McKisson, Inger Sandal, Danny Ramirez, Samantha Munsey and
    Johanna Eubank.

Judges for the innovation category were Brad Harmon, vice president of sales
and marketing at GateHouse Media, Inc.; Barbara Cohen, president and founder
of Kannon Consulting; and Herbert W. Moloney III, an independent director of
Lee and longtime advertising and publishing executive.

The judges gave an honorable mention to the Arizona Daily Star for a program
to build key local accounts, and to The Daily News in Longview, Washington,
for developing a popular prep football magazine.


The Lee Spirit Award recognizes outstanding personal commitment to our company
and the people we serve.

The winner is Scott Kinter, operations manager at Courier Communications in
Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa, who has earned admiration for outstanding,
selfless service at The Courier, elsewhere in Lee and in the community. Among
other recent honors, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa named him
2013 Big of the Year. See: Nomination letter and testimonials. He is among 20
finalists being honored: Spirit Finalists.

Lee Enterprises is a leading provider of local news and information, and a
major platform for advertising, in its markets, with 46 daily newspapers and a
joint interest in four others, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 300
specialty publications in 22 states. Lee's newspapers have circulation of 1.2
million daily and 1.4 million Sunday, reaching nearly four million readers in
print alone. Lee's websites and mobile and tablet products attracted 23.2
million unique visitors in September 2013. Lee Common Stock is traded on the
New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LEE. For more information about Lee,
please visit lee.net.


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