The Harvard Press has been named Harvard’s 2019 Citizen of Note. The award is given each year by the Select Board to an outstanding Harvard citizen or entity. Winners from previous years have included Pete and Kathy Jackson, Pat Jennings, and founders of the Harvard Conservation Trust.
Select Board Chair Alice von Loesecke presented the award at Spring Town Meeting on Saturday before an applauding crowd. She spoke of the importance of having a local newspaper and to the dedication of the Press staff. Reading from the citation, von Loesecke said, “We are indeed fortunate for the vision of the founders of The Harvard Press and the dedication of its editor, reporters, copy editors, proofreaders, layout and production staff—all of whom work the magic of producing a weekly, local newspaper, and who continue to do it ‘for love of community.’”
Sue Robbins and Lisa Aciukewicz accepted the award on behalf of the Press. Robbins said later that the award had come as a surprise. “I was thrilled for the Press to be recognized and appreciated by the town in this way,” she said.
The Harvard Press was established in 2006 and is currently owned and published by Worth Robbins, Sue Robbins, and Lisa Aciukewicz. In 2018 the paper won the New England Newspaper and Press Association’s first prize in the “best government reporting” category for its coverage of the elementary school building project. It is a weekly publication with a circulation of 1,100.
Click here to see the Citizen of Note commendation.