NWPA PRSA announces recipients of Excellence Awards

The Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) annually honors four individuals who demonstrate excellence in fields that directly affect public relations professionals.  

We are pleased to announce this year’s winners of the 2017 Excellence Awards, which include the Community Relations Person of the Year, Broadcast Journalist of the Year, Print Journalist of the Year and Public Relations Person of the Year.

  • The Community Relations Person of the Year recognizes a business or community leader with exemplary careers in community relations who have used their positions to benefit his or her organization, society and/or community.  The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in the practice of community relations that demonstrates a track record of building relationships, supporting and elevating the best practices of public relations. The 2017 Community Relations Person of the Year is Erie Insurance’s Karen Kraus Phillips. 
  • The Broadcast Journalist of the Year recognizes a broadcast journalist who has distinguished him or herself with an aired body of work throughout the year that was memorable and excellent. The 2017 Broadcast Journalist of the Year is Erie News Now’s Paul Wagner.
  • The Print Journalist of the Year rewards and recognizes journalistic talent in print journalism. The purpose of this award is to recognize a journalist who has distinguished him or herself with a published body of work, story, or series or photographs that was extraordinary in depth, scope or significance to the people in Erie. The 2017 Print Journalist of the Year is the Erie Times-News’ Kevin Flowers. 
  • The Public Relations Person of the Year recognizes an established PR Professional who, during a distinguished career, has made a major contribution to the profession and has applied public relations techniques in a professional manner to achieve meaningful objectives. The 2017 Public Relations Person of the Year is Erie’s Public Schools’ Daria Devlin. 

The honorees will be recognized at this year’s Niagara Awards Reception, to be held Thursday, November 16, at the Brewerie at Union Station. 

NWPA PRSA is still accepting nominations for the 4th Annual Niagara Awards through Friday, October 13. The Niagara Awards recognize the best communication practitioners, campaigns and tactics in the region. All entries are judged by PR professionals outside of the Erie region. Entries cost $25 each for PRSA members, students and nonprofits; $35 each for non-members. Sponsorship levels, which can include entries and tickets to the event, are also available.

Last year, PRSA received a record number of award entries. The winners included: Allegheny College, Diocese of Erie, Edinboro Department of Journalism and PR, Eriez, Erie Homes for Children and Adults,  Erie County Bar Association,  General McLane School District, McLane Church, NAMI of Erie County, Penn State Behrend,  PRSA NWPA, PRSSA Edinboro Chapter and Stevens Strategic Communications. The Diocese of Erie won Best of Show. 

The Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the professional organization that brings together public relations, communications, and marketing practitioners throughout Erie, PA. 

Complete award details, as well as submission information, can be found on the chapter’s website: www.prsanwpa.org




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