Spaar receives NNA’s McKinney Award

Betty Simpson Spaar receives the National Newspaper Association’s highest award for newspaperwomen, the Emma C. McKinney Award, Sept. 27, in St. Paul, MN.  Presenting the award is Steve Haynes, NNA president, Oberlin, KS.  Mrs. Spaar, publisher of The Odessan in Odessa and president of the Missouri Press Association in 1988, has been a community newspaper publisher since 1960, and was inducted into the MPA Newspaper Hall of Fame in 1997.  She was accompanied to the NNA’s annual convention by her daughter-in-law, Renee Spaar, and granddaughters Hannah and Hallie Spaar.  The award presentation was made on the 100th birthday anniversary of her late father, W. Lester Simpson, who published The Holden Progress and served as president of the MPA in 1957.  The McKinney Memorial Award was created in 1966 to honor Emma C. McKinney, co-publisher and editor of the Hillsboro (OR) Argus for 58 years. In 1954 Mrs. McKinney was named dean of Oregon newspapermen and women and in 1957 received the Amos Voorhies Award, the highest state honor that can be awarded to an Oregon newspaper person. Mrs. McKinney was inducted into the Oregon Journalism Hall of Fame in 1982.

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