The Post-Dispatch on Thursday won Lee Enterprises’ highest company honor: 2012 Enterprise of the Year.
The newspaper received the award for its strong financial results and leadership in companywide initiatives, said Mary Junck, chief executive of the Davenport, Iowa-based publishing company.
“Publisher Kevin Mowbray and his management team have led outstanding performance in St. Louis, including double-digit growth in operating cash flow,” she said. “They have been leaders in digital audience growth and are always an integral part of key revenue initiatives and other forward-looking projects across the company, with considerable contributions from their sales and marketing executives, editors, digital media services group, social media leadership council and digital product development teams. Their can-do attitude has transformed the culture in St. Louis and raised our levels of success throughout Lee.”
Three teams from within the Post-Dispatch also received Lee President’s Awards this year. Reporter Nancy Cambria and multimedia designer Josh Renaud won for “Deadly Day Cares,” their investigative series into infant deaths at day care centers in Missouri, which led to stronger state regulations. Nancy Long, Brian Obregon and Becky Griess won for a series of initiatives that have boosted circulation revenue. Post-Dispatch executives were also part of a company-wide team that received a President’s Award for helping to plan the rollout of digital subscriptions.
This year was the first time the newspaper as a whole has won Enterprise of the Year since the Post-Dispatch joined Lee in 2005. The paper was a finalist in 2010.
“This award recognizes the hard work and dedication of every employee,” Mowbray said. “Our employees give 110 percent, 365 days a year to ensure that the Post-Dispatch continues to be the dominant source for local news, information and advertising in the St. Louis metro area.”