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John Lee named to Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame

By The Herald Staff | 4/14/2014

MANHATTAN — An accomplished Ottawa High School graduate was named Friday to the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame.

John Lee, Kansas City, Mo., was recognized with the honor at this weekend’s Kansas Press Association convention in Manhattan. He was among two longtime journalists inducted into the hall of fame for 2014.

MANHATTAN — An accomplished Ottawa High School graduate was named Friday to the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame.

John Lee, Kansas City, Mo., was recognized with the honor at this weekend’s Kansas Press Association convention in Manhattan. He was among two longtime journalists inducted into the hall of fame for 2014.

A 1959 OHS grad, Lee had a 32-year career in the newspaper industry, retiring in 2006 as chief executive officer of Harris Enterprises Inc. — the parent company of the paper he once delivered, The Ottawa Herald.

Lee said Friday he was humbled by the honor, which recognizes titans of Kansas journalism.

He began his career after graduating with a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. He joined the Hutchinson News in 1972 as a reporter, later training in Harris Enterprises’ executive intern program in Hutchinson and at other Harris newspapers in Salina and Hays.

He was named editor of the Hays Daily News in 1976 and became publisher six months later. In 1984, he was named to the executive staff for Harris and became CEO in 1997.

Lee’s career accomplishments also earned him a spot on Ottawa High School’s Wall of Honor, to which he was inducted in 2011.

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