Harpst Leadership Award Winners

The Leadership Nebraska Award was created and funded by the Harpst Family to recognize a Nebraska Press Association newspaper or publisher (or executive of such paper) that best illustrates efforts in promoting lead­ership within their community such as news articles about youth groups that foster leadership, community leadership organizations and their participants, or information about alumni of leadership groups and success stories as these individuals go on to actual community leadership posts. The Harpst Family wishes “that this award be given to the best newspaper coverage for future and present community leaders.”

2017 Gene O. Morris, McCook Gazette

2015 Sheryl Schmeckpeper, Norfolk Daily News

2014 Jack Cooper, Humboldt Standard

2013 Ken Rhoades, Blair Enterprise Publishing Co.

2012  Deb McCaslin, Broken Bow Custer Co. Chief

2010  Imperial Republican and Staff

2009  Nebraska City News-Press

2008  Peggy Year, Northeast Nebraska News Co.

2007  William “Scott” Schock, Falls City Journal

2006  David Swartzlander, Doane Owl, Crete

2005  W.P. “Wendy” Lummel, Bridgeport News-Blade

2004  George Miller, Plattsmouth Journal

2003  Theodore Huettmann, Wisner News-Chronicle

2002  Jeanne Wehrbein, Plattsmouth Journal

2001  Kent Warneke, Norfolk Daily News

2000  Eric Seacrest, Western Publishing

1999  Kim Johnson, Hebron Journal-Register