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Virginia Press Association Announces D. Lathan Mims Award for Editorial Leadership in the Community

Anne Adams, publisher of The Recorder, which covers Highland and Bath counties, has won the Virginia Press Association’s 2019 D. Lathan Mims Award for Editorial Leadership for the fourth time.

The award was announced Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 during the association’s virtual 2019 News and Advertising  Best of the Best awards presentation.

Presented for work published during the 2019 calendar year, the award is named for the late D. Lathan Mims, a former editor and general manager of the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg and a former president of the Virginia Press Association.

Judges praised Adams’s ability to write editorials in a down-to-earth way, from the perspective of someone who lives within the community her newspaper serves.

Topics that Adams has tackled on the editorial page include tax hikes for emergency services, derelict buildings, uniform building codes, noisy factories, decaying visitor centers, tourism, gas pipelines, school funding, community centers, economic development, tourism and politicians.

“Anne Adams’s editorials don’t read like editorials. And that’s a good thing,” the judges wrote. “[She] writes editorials with a style that’s ‘clean as country water’ —it might be cliché, but we know it when we taste it. No waste, no flourishes––just straight, clear prose. And that must be refreshing to her readers.”

Judges noted that “Anne Adams is worth her weight in gold to the community her newspaper serves, and which she clearly loves. She looks out for them, and I’ll bet they look out for her.”

Adams has won the D. Lathan Mims Award for Editorial Leadership in the Community in 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2019.


About the Award: The Mims competition is for individual writers of editorials, signed commentaries, or editorial page columns at non-daily or specialty publications of any size, or a daily publication with a circulation of 40,000 or less.

The award was established to memorialize Mims’s conviction that newspapers and their editors should be active, caring parts of the communities they serve. He believed that a newspaper should support those things which would make a community a better place in which to live and oppose those things which detract from the quality of life.

Entries are judged on skill in writing, clarity of position, fairness in handling of the issues, appropriate use of pertinent facts, and vision of the community’s needs, both present and future.


The Hoosier State Press Association judged the entries. For more information about the contest results, see the awards show presentation at

To view other contest results released early this summer, visit the VPA’s contest gallery at


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