Andy Barnes to Get Top ASNE Honor at Annual Conference This Month

By: E&P Staff

Andrew “Andy” Barnes will receive the The American Society of Newspaper Editors’ top honor at the end of this month at the group’s annual convention in Washington, D.C.

Barnes, editor emeritus and retired chief executive officer, St.
Petersburg (Fla.) Times, will be given the ASNE Award for
Editorial Leadership.

“Andy left the St. Petersburg Times, the Poynter Institute and the
Newspaper Association of America all more robust, more prosperous
and simply better than when he arrived,” said ASNE President David A.
Zeeck, executive editor of The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash., in a statement. “As Jim Naughton said in his letter nominating Andy for this award: ‘It was (Andy’s) conviction that democracy is dependent on news and that news coverage is dependent on resources. Nelson Poynter called newspapering a sacred trust. Andy Barnes more than kept the trust.'”

Barnes said in a statement, “I am honored to have my work recognized by my peers. Preserving the value of honest journalism in a time of change was the hardest thing I attempted, harder than fighting off Wall Street, and it is even harder now. Fortunately, we continue to attract distinguished men and women to this wonderfully rewarding craft.”

The ASNE Award for Editorial Leadership was first given in 2002.

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