NKU honors Scripps CEO with Lincoln Award

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The parent company of WCPO, E.W. Scripps, received another major award Tuesday night, as Northern Kentucky University handed out its annual Lincoln Award.

Scripps' President and CEO Rich Boehne was one of three recipients of the 2012 Lincoln Award. NKU established the award in 1992 to honor residents in the Tri-State who exemplify the qualities of outstanding citizenship, notable achievement and distinguished service in their professions, and in contributions to Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati.

The awards were given during the 21st annual Lincoln Award dinner at the NKU Student Ballroom.

NKU says that Boehne and Scripps are news industry pioneers, who are leading builders of journalism businesses for consumers in the digital age. The university says Scripps has focused on building news enterprises for the future by restructuring the company into separate newspaper-TV and cable lifestyle companies.

In 2008, Boehne was named President and CEO of E.W. Scripps. He started as a business reporter and editor at the Cincinnati Post, a Scripps newspaper, where he covered Wall Street.

In 1995, Boehne became Scripps Vice President. He was elevated to Executive Vice President in 1999, and then became Chief Operating Officer of the company in 2006.

Boehne is a member of the presidential search committee that found NKU's new president, Geoffrey Mearns, who is coming from Cleveland State University.

The Scripps company has also supported the NKU College of Informatics.

Boehne was a former chairman of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce and still serves as chairman of the Agenda 360 Regional Planning Committee. He is on the board of the Freestore Foodbank.

Also recognized with Lincoln Awards were Helen Carroll, community relations manager for Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, North America.

Another Lincoln Award honoree was the late Mary Middleton. She was the first Northern Kentucky woman to run for office in 1959. She went on to serve and work with the Covington Art Club, Cincinnati Public Schools, the Northern Kentucky Interfaith Commission, the Covington Optimist Club and the Florence Women's Club.

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