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Billings Gazette Communications has received three Lee President’s Awards for 2012 to recognize exceptional work in the past year.

Mary Junck, chief executive officer of Lee Enterprises, parent company of The Gazette and 50 other daily newspapers and websites, announced Lee’s annual awards Thursday.

The Gazette won a President’s Award for Innovation, which recognizes an individual or team for creating or significantly advancing an idea that drives revenue, builds audiences or serves customers better. The award noted several digital initiatives, including a new website, mobile and social media advertising products, and creation of a digital university to provide advanced training for sales executives. The projects were led by David Worstell, sales and marketing director, and Ryan Brosseau, classified and digital advertising manager.

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The President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement recognizes outstanding leadership, collaboration and execution benefiting all of Lee. The Gazette and key individuals throughout Lee were recognized for the planning and companywide rollout of digital subscriptions. Gazette members on the steering committee included publisher Mike Gulledge, marketing/niche publication director Allyn Hulteng, digital media editor Kyle Rickoff, Worstell and Brosseau.

The Gazette’s Evelyn Noennig, executive assistant to the publisher, received the Lee Spirit Award, which recognizes outstanding personal commitment to the company and people it serves. She was honored for her leadership role on the successful campaign to fund construction of a new Billings public library.

The Gazette’s coverage of the devastating Dahl and Ash Creek fires earned its newsroom team an honorable mention for Lee’s President's Award for News, which recognizes outstanding achievement in any aspect of print and online journalism, from reporting and writing to photography, video, graphics and presentation.

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