Beginning in 2010, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists established the Legacy Award to honor members for significant, long-term contributions to the NSNC.
° At the 2015 conference in Indianapolis, Bill Tammeus of Kansas City received the Legacy Award.
° At the 2011 conference in Detroit, three NSNC members were honored with Legacy awards:
- Mike Harden of the Columbus Dispatch, posthumous
- Larry Maddry of the Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk
- Richard Des Ruisseaux of the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal
° The inaugural recipients, presented at the 2010 annual conference in Bloomington, Ind.:
- George Smith of the Anniston (Ala.) Star
- “Big Bob” Hill of the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal, retired
° In 2009, longtime officer Robert L. Haught received a singular but similar honor, as the NSNC’s “Can Do and Will Do” man for many projects. Haught is founder and continues as coordinator for the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award.
Future Legacy laureates will be listed on this page. The Legacy is not an annual award. The NSNC board selects the recipients and welcomes informal nominations.