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February 8, 2013

THB publisher honored for distinguished service

INDIANAPOLIS — The Hoosier State Press Association on Thursday honored Herald Bulletin Publisher Henry Bird with its Distinguished Service Award for his support of the newspaper industry.

Bird received the award during an evening reception in the Quarterback Suite at Lucas Oil Stadium. The event was part of the HSPA & HSPA Foundation Annual Meetings and Government Conference.

Bird, who is also senior vice president for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., has demonstrated his commitment to newspapers through his leadership role at media properties in several states and his commitment to both HSPA and the HSPA Foundation as a board member and president, said Karen T. Braeckel, HSPA Foundation director, in her nomination letter.

The HSPA Board of Directors presents its Distinguished Service Award to an individual who has made a significant impact on the newspaper industry in Indiana through service to HSPA, who has performed outstanding service to the newspaper industry in general, and who has demonstrated service in the local community that reflected positively on its newspaper.

As a member of the HSPA and later HSPA Foundation boards, Bird served — not just held the title — said Greg Morris, president of HSPA and publisher of the Indianapolis Business Journal, to the assembled newspaper professionals and other leaders, including Gov. Mike Pence.

“He’s always there when needed — except for those times the corporate types have him flying around the country,” Morris said.

Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, reiterated Bird’s invaluable support of the Hoosier State Press Association and the HSPA Foundation.

“I cannot think of a time when we’ve asked for his help that he didn’t deliver,” Key said. “He’s also a thoughtful contributor to discussions concerning the future of newspapers and journalism.”

Founded in 1933, HSPA represents nearly all daily and weekly paid circulation newspapers in the state.

Bird is in his second stint as The Herald Bulletin’s publisher. He served in that capacity 1992-95 and rejoined the newspaper as publisher in September 2008.

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