By: Mark Fitzgerald
Bill Hartman, president of Rosenberg, Texas-based Hartman Newspapers Inc., received the 2003 Pat Taggart Award for Texas Newspaper Leader of the Year at the 83rd annual meeting of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association.
“Bill Hartman was instilled with a belief that a newspaper should be a force for good,” his son Fred B. Hartman, vice president of operations at the five-daily chain, wrote in his letter of nomination. The award is presented annually to the publisher or newspaper executive “who has provided outstanding service to his or her newspaper, to the newspaper business and to the community,” TDNA said.
TDNA also recognized Bill Cornwall, editor and publisher of The Facts in Clute, Texas, with its Mayborn Award for Community Leadership. Fort Worth Star-Telegram President and Publisher Wesley R. Turner was recognized for his term as president and Tony Pederson, former Houston Chronicle executive editor and now the Belo Distinguished Chair in Journalism at Southern Methodist University, was honored for his work on behalf of freedom of information.