[r53] Lawmakers honor two distinguished locals

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Friday, December 19, 2014

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) and State Senator Michael Crider (R-Greenfield) honored Randall Shields and David Hill, two icons of the Greenfield Daily Reporter (GDR), with Distinguished Hoosier Awards at a retirement event held for the two men. 

“Over the years, Randall and David have become incredibly respected media figures,” said Rep. Cherry. “Through professionalism and a commitment to journalistic integrity, these men have worked hard to deliver the news to folks in our community.”

The Distinguished Hoosier Award is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon citizens of Indiana. Granted at the discretion of the Governor, the awards are presented to Hoosiers who have honored the state by serving others around them.

“It’s an honor to help recognize the contributions Randall and David have made to our community,” said Sen. Crider. “These men were excellent in their roles at the Reporter. They provided quality news and enhanced the lives of thousands of readers who depended on this media outlet to stay informed about what is going on locally and throughout the state.”

Randall Shields served as publisher of the GDR from 1997 to 2012, and currently serves as vice president of HNE Printers. During his tenure with GDR, the paper received numerous professional awards. Shields is a native of Hancock County, and always dreamed of running the local paper.

David Hill, also a native of Hancock County, has served as editor of the GDR since 2002. He built a strong reputation as a bold leader in the newsroom and a thoughtful and kind mentor to his staff.

“Under the leadership of Randall and David, the Daily Reporter has soared to incredible heights,” said Rep. Cherry. “Their professional talents will be greatly missed, but their hard work has laid a foundation for success for years to come. I appreciate the recognition they have brought to our local paper as well as their commitment to providing our community with an accurate, reliable and informative news source.”

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Rep. Cherry represents portions of Hancock and Madison counties. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. He also serves on the Local Government Committee and the Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee.