Mayor Don Wesely will present the Lincoln Journal Star with the Mayor's Community Conscience Award for 2003 at a breakfast ceremony beginning at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 28 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1040 "P" Street. Mayor Wesely established the award in 2000 to honor a local business for its generosity, civic spirit and community leadership.
Editor Kathleen Rutledge will accept the award for the Lincoln Journal Star, a division of Lee Enterprises, a 112-year old company which is the 12th largest newspaper company in the country. Lincoln's history as a two-newspaper city changed in 1995 when Lee, the primary owner of The Lincoln Star, purchased the evening newspaper, the Lincoln Journal, and introduced an expanded morning newspaper. With a new press and production facility, the Journal Star was redesigned and expanded again in July 2000.
The Journal Star employs about 450 people in the areas of advertising, circulation, news and editorial, engineering and maintenance, information systems, finance, marketing and production. In addition to publishing its daily newspaper in Lincoln, the Journal Star owns and operates the Beatrice Daily Sun, Fremont Tribune, Columbus Telegram, Schuyler Sun, David City Banner Press, The Plattsmouth Journal and several other publications. The Journal Star also operates a direct mail service, several web sites and a commercial printing operation.
"In addition to providing us with the daily news, the Journal Star has made a major investment in the City's vibrant downtown," said Mayor Wesely. "The Journal Star has also provided leadership in promoting important community causes, and its employees have been involved in many activities. These factors make the Journal Star a great example of civic responsibility."
The awards breakfast will feature UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman speaking about the importance of corporate participation in the community. Breakfast sponsors include Mayor Wesely, CenterPointe Inc., Union Bank and Trust, Wells Fargo, Pinnacle Bank, US Bank, Cornhusker Bank, State Farm Insurance, Cornhusker Hotel, Ameritas, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Smith Hayes Financial, Embassy Suites, People's Natural Gas, Pfizer and NEBCO, Inc.
The award winner was chosen by a committee of local business leaders. Previous winners were Pfizer in 2000, Ameritas in 2001 and NEBCO in 2002. The breakfast presentation will be taped by 5 CITY-TV to air on the government access cable channel.