The 2015 winner (award presented in May, 2016) is Karen Acton, formerly of the Gazette Newspapers & Southern Maryland News. Karen was nominated for the Distinguished Service Award by consensus of the Executive Committee of the MDDC Board in recognition of her years of service to the organization and visionary leadership.
Acton is the director of budget and analysis at the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Previously, Acton was the CEO and CFO of Post Community Media, LLC, the publisher of the Southern Maryland Newspapers and the Gazette Newspaper groups. The publications in her groups covered the communities in the Washington DC suburbs and southern Maryland.
Acton has been a steadfast supporter of the press association throughout her career, beginning her time on the board in 2000. During her time on the board, she worked to ensure the stability and growth of the association and the industry, serving as president in 2006 and as secretary of the board for her last two terms. Jack Murphy, retired executive director of MDDC, notes “I worked with Karen both at the Gazette Newspapers and at MDDC, and she was great. She was always interested in making every organization with which she was affiliated be the best that it could be. Karen was swamped with work at the Gazette, and yet she always made time to help with the newspaper industry as a whole. She is smart, creative and very hard-working.”
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