Gregg Knowles honored for columns

Gregg K. Knowles, a CNPA Associate member, licensed newspaper broker and publisher of the two-edition Smart Shopper papers in Carroll and Denison, Iowa, recently received honors for editorial writing from Midwest Free Community Papers (MFCP).

Knowles was awarded first place for his “One Voice of Many” column titled “Uncertainty over reason, but police chief resigns,” which was written as the last of a 14-column series about the Denison police chief who was found to have smut and porn-like images of fellow police officers on his work computer but was not relieved of his duties by the city. The city’s mayor said that the chief was not asked to resign because of what Knowles wrote but for other reasons.

Knowles received third place for a column titled “Not a good week for CCMH,” one of over 50 columns he has written since 2015 about the local tax-supported medical facility for its repeated infractions of public records and open meetings laws and massive legal fee issues.

“I am humbled by these awards, which were written to advance the public’s right to know about their local governments,” said Knowles, who first became a newspaper publisher when he was 25 years old in 1978.

MFCP is an eight-state association of free community newspapers, magazines and advertising publications.

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