The California Press Association (CPA) has named Hardy Brown, copublisher of the Black Voice News in Riverside, the Justus F. Craemer Newspaper Executive of the Year.
Harold W. Fuson Jr., chairman of the Newspaper Executive of the Year Committee, presented the award to Brown on Friday, December 2, 2011, during CPA’s 134th Annual Winter Meeting at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel in San Francisco.
Brown is the 47th recipient of the award, which is given to publishers, editors-in-chief or equivalents who have involved themselves in the directions of the editorial and news side of their newspapers by showing exceptional editorial achievement.
Their newspapers have made impacts on their community or influenced local, state or national concerns as a result of their journalistic effort. The award was established in honor of Justus F. Craemer (1888-1966), who served as president of the California Press Association for 20 years. For more than 25 years, Brown and his wife Cheryl have published the Black Voice News, which was founded 39 years ago by students at the University of California, Riverside.
Brown has been a champion for the underdog, not only in the African American community, but across every ethnic, demographic and geographic line in the region. He is a vigorous champion for newspapers who continuously advocates for open government, public access and the right of the people to know.
Brown’s weekly editorials continue to hold our elected and public officials, institutions and other powerful interests accountable for their actions and conduct. And they do so with well-reasoned and thoughtful arguments that have on more than one occasion calmed communities on the verge of outrage.
Brown’s lasting legacy as a newspaper executive and community leader has brought him many accolades, including being named in the national “Gallery of Greats” honoring the 175-year anniversary of The Black Press of America and receiving a lifetime achievement award from New America Media, a national organization of 700 ethnic media outlets.
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