On Friday night I was surprised with an Iowa Newspaper Association Master Editor-Publisher Award.
This award comes around just once in a lifetime, so draw your own conclusions.
The occasion was made more special because several family members showed up upon the announcement to surprise me, including Madame X, Kate, Will, Ellen and, of course, granddaughter Claire. Ellen's boyfriend Adam was a good sport in putting up with all of it.
An added feature was that the announcement of the winners was made by Tom Yunt, former colleague and boss at the Telegraph Herald and now president of parent company Woodward Communications, Inc. Tom and I go back nearly 23 years, when I joined the TH.
Colleague Amy Gilligan, our managing editor, shot this video. Thanks, Amy!
And thanks to all the folks who helped make it an evening (and a career) to remember!