Quad-City Times employees Barb Ickes and Lillie Johnson were recognized by parent company Lee Enterprises on Thursday.
Kevin Mowbray, president and chief executive officer of Lee Enterprises, announced the winners of the 2017 Lee President’s Awards for outstanding journalism, innovation and spirit.
Ickes was recognized for her ongoing series “Off Limits,” which has given readers a glimpse into places that are otherwise inaccessible to the public. Over the past year, she has toured the empty toll office under the I-74 bridge and the “Twinkie Factory” – the former Hostess plant that sparked a lot of memories for our readers. Readers got to see into the off-limits rooms of what was once (Velie’s) Plantation, and got a tour of the stored collection in the basement of the Putnam Museum. (See the Off Limits series attached to the online version of this article at qctimes.com).
“The Off Limits series is a wonderful celebration of the Quad-Cities,” said Executive Editor Autumn Phillips. “One of the unexpected surprises of this series, after we published the first one, was the outpouring from readers – the memories and the suggestions for off limits places they’d love us to visit.”
This Sunday, the Off Limits series returns with Ickes joining a John Deere Davenport Works Gold Key tour.
This year, Lee also recognized Quad-City Times sales executive Lillie Johnson with the Outstanding Sales and Performance Award for “demonstrating extraordinary results, creativity and tenacity … exhibiting a strong entrepreneurial spirit.”
Johnson joined the Quad-City Times in January, immediately after graduating from the University of Wyoming in December. She has joined the Quad-Cities Chamber's Young Professionals network and has been tapped to participate in the YP Think Tank, aimed at invoking pride and attracting top talent to the Quad-Cities.
“These awards honor our company’s achievements in journalism, innovation, and community leadership,” Mowbray said. “These winners and the many other nominees clearly underline the indispensable role our enterprises serve in the communities.”
Lee Enterprises is headquarters in downtown Davenport and is a leading provider of local news and information, and a major platform for advertising, with daily newspapers, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 300 weekly and specialty publications serving 50 markets in 22 states. Lee's newspapers include the Quad-City Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star, Billings (Montana) Gazette and the Tuscon Daily Star. Lee Common Stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LEE.