Dolph Simons Jr. Honored with SNA’s Lesher Award

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By: E&P Staff

Dolph Simons Jr., editor of The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, has been recognized with one of the Suburban Newspapers of America’s (SNA) highest honors, the Dean S. Lesher Award.

The lifetime achievement award, established in 1982, acknowledges outstanding leadership within the community and suburban newspaper industry.

Simons served as publisher of his family’s newspaper from 1962 to 2004. He has been editor since 1978 and is the chairman of The World Company. He was a director of the Associated Press, Inland Daily Press Association, and the Kansas Press Association. He also has served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize.

Jon Rust, co-president of Rust Communications, who nominated Simons wrote, “He is a media pioneer in the truest sense of the word, an award-winning publisher of outstanding newspapers, a highly respected civic benefactor and a dedicated industry leader. He is also a man of powerful charisma and enlightenment, whose knowledge and interests exceed the newspaper industry.”

The award will be presented to Simons during the SNA Publishers’ and Advertising Directors’ Conference in Philadelphia on Oct. 2 to Oct. 5.

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