Ann Wilson, Carroll Daily Times Herald co-owner and general manager, and co-owner of The Bee and Herald in Jefferson was honored as Citizen of the Year by the Carroll Chamber of Commerce at their annual dinner meeting January 28.
She joins her brother, newspaper publisher James B. Wilson, and their late father, James W. Wilson, as recipients of the award. Ann Wilson is the 50th person and only the fourth woman to receive the award, which recognizes a combination of local, statewide, and national civic involvement.
The award was presented by former Carroll mayor Jim Pedelty (pictured, right), winner of the 2012 Citizen of the Year Award.
Pedelty provided a lengthy list of Wilson's accomplishments including service as Carroll-area representative on the Heartland Area Education Agency since 1985, with terms as president and vice president; serving as president of the statewide Friends of Iowa Public Television; serving as president of the Iowa Newspaper Foundation; chairing the City of Carroll's visioning committee; serving as secretary of West Central Iowa Habitat for Humanity; and serving as the first female president of the Carroll Country Club. She is also a recipient of the Iowa Newspaper Association's Master Editor-Publisher Award.
"I treasure my family and the friends I've made along the way," Wilson said in accepting the award. "I'm grateful for the challenges I've met, and the opportunities I've had to work for people and for projects rather than against them."
The Carroll Daily Times Herald, which traces its roots to 1868, received the Heritage Business Award.
Wilson, along with her brother Jim Wilson, her sons Tom and Doug Burns, and her daughter Jane Lawson, purchased the Bee and Herald from longtime publisher Rick Morain last October. -The Jefferson Herald