Decorah Newspapers’ Managing Editor Rick Fromm has been recognized by the National Newspaper Association for his column writing.
Fromm received honorable mention in the best serious column category (circulation between 3,000 and 5,999, non-daily and daily newspapers) for his piece about former Luther College distance running star Johanna Olson, who passed away recently after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.
There were 1,862 total entries in the Better Newspaper Contest and a total of 530 awards were won by 193 member newspapers in 40 states.
Judging was performed primarily by active community newspaper editors and publishers and included retired university journalism professors and retired or former newspapermen and women.
Established in 1885, the National Newspaper Association is the voice of America’s community newspapers and the largest newspaper association in the country. The nation’s community papers inform, educate and entertain nearly 150 million readers every week.
Fromm has been cited numerous times by the NNA throughout his 40-year journalism career. He has been editor of Decorah Newspapers since 1985.
“I am humbled by the honor,” said Fromm. “It’s always nice to receive recognition from your peers. Johanna Olson was an inspiration to everyone who knew her … including me.”