Awards

Pictured are: Anita Cook, graphic designer; Rebecca Seum, associate editor; Jeff McCallister, managing editor; Patrick Higgins, director of member services and communications; and Doug Miller, vice president of statewide services.

 

George W. Haggard Memorial Journalism Award

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The George W. Haggard Memorial Journalism Award is an annual honor presented by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association recognizing an electric cooperative statewide consumer publication that best presents “lucid, forthright contributions to electric cooperative objectives.” Named for George W. Haggard, first editor of the Texas statewide publication, who was killed in a plane crash in 1951.

Judging Guidelines and Criteria

Deadline: Always the first week of December

Please send entries to:

Mellonie Saunders
NRECA/COM 10.019
4301 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203-1860

Haggard Memorial Journalism Award — List of Winners

2018 – Jeff McCallister, Editor, Ohio Cooperative Living
2017 – Anna Politano, Editor, Oklahoma Living
2016 – Anna Politano, Editor, Oklahoma Living
2015 – Curtis Condon, Editor, Ruralite (AK, CA, ID, NV, OR, WA)
2014 – Paul Wesslund, Editor, Kentucky Living
2013 – Larry Freeze, Editor, Kansas Country Living
2012 – Steve Oden/Rich Warren/John Howley, Director of Communications/Mgr. Editor/Communications Mgr. – Country Living (Ohio)
2011 – Peter A. Fitzgerald, Editor – Penn Lines (Pennsylvania)
2010 – Michael E.C. Gery, Editor – Carolina Country
2009 – Paul Wesslund, Editor – Kentucky Living
2008 – Mona Neeley, Editor – Colorado Country Life
2007 – Kaye Northcott, Editor – Texas Co-op Power
2006 – Michael E.C. Gery, Editor – Carolina Country
2005 – Kent Brick, Editor – North Dakota Living
2004 – Darryl Gates, Editor – Alabama Living
2003 – Jim McCarty, Editor – Rural Missouri
2002 – Perry Baird, Editor – Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News
2001 – Perry A. Stambaugh, Editor – Penn Lines (Pennsylvania)
2000 – Emily B. Schilling/Richard Biever – Electric Consumer (Indiana)
1999 – Peg Champion/Joe Holley, Editor – Texas Co-op Power
1998 – Kent Brick, Editor – North Dakota REC/RTC Magazine
1997 – Robert Dickleman, Editor – Iowa REC News
1996 – Richard Biever, Editor – Indiana Electric Consumer
1995 – Jody Garlock, Editor – Iowa REC News

1994 – Jim McCarty, Editor – Rural Missouri
1993 – Owen Bishop, Editor – Carolina Country (NC)
1992 – Bill Lewis, Editor – Texas Co-op Power
1991 – Michael F. Buda, Editor – Michigan Country Lines
1990 – Michael F. Buda, Editor – Michigan Country Lines
1989 – William D. Fries III, Editor – Colorado Country Life
1988 – Rebecca Mashaw, Editor – Colorado Country Life
1987 – Michael F. Buda, Editor – Michigan Country Lines
1986 – Leland G. Ulmer, Editor – North Dakota REC Magazine
1985 – Leland G. Ulmer, Editor – North Dakota REC Magazine
1984 – Steve Rudloff, Editor – Rural Missouri
1983 – Leland G. Ulmer, Editor – North Dakota REC Magazine
1982 – Connie Harder, Editor – Iowa REC News
1981 – Leland G. Ulmer, Editor – North Dakota REC Magazine
1980 (tie) – Thomas P. Graves, Editor – Iowa REC News
1980 (tie) – Ken Anderberg, Editor – Rural Georgia
1979 – Leland G. Ulmer, Editor – North Dakota REC Magazine
1978 – Leland G. Ulmer, Editor – North Dakota REC Magazine
1977 – Thomas P. Graves, Editor – South Dakota High Liner
1976 – Larry F. Elledge, Editor – Illinois Rural Electric News
1975 – Leland G. Ulmer, Editor – North Dakota REC Magazine
1974 – Les Nelson, Editor – Wisconsin REC News

1973 – Leland G. Ulmer, Editor – North Dakota REC Magazine
1972 – Don Yoest, Editor – Rural Electric Missourian
1971 – Les Nelson, Editor – Wisconsin REC News
1970 – Wilburn E. Smith, Editor – Indiana Rural News
1969 – James Webster, Acting Editor – South Dakota High Liner
1968 – Milton T. Vedvick, Mg. Editor – N.D. Rural Electric Magazine
1967 – Fletcher Cox Jr., Editor – Rural Virginia
1966 – Bill Lewis, Editor – Texas Co-op Power
1965 – Leland G. Ulmer, Editor – N.D. Rural Electric Magazine
1964 – Bill Lewis, Editor – Texas Co-op Power
1963 – Les Nelson, Editor – Wisconsin REC News
1962 – Henry Alderman, Editor – Northwest Ruralite (OR, WA, ID)
1961 – Richard A. Pence, Editor – Carolina Farmer (NC)
1960 – J.C. Brown Jr., Editor – Carolina Farmer (NC)
1959 – William E. Murray, Editor – Illinois Rural Electric News
1958 – Dave Mueller, Editor – Indiana Rural News

2018 Willies Awards

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