Greater Spokane Chapter PRSA – Spokane, WA

The Greater Spokane PRSA Chapter established the first Communication Leadership Award, the Degerness Award for Excellence in Public Relations, in 1996.  Since that time, the chapter has periodically presented the Degerness Award and additional categories of individual awards to honor exceptional public relations professionals and community leaders.  Past award recipients include:

1996
Degerness Award for Excellence in Public Relations – Ken Degerness

1997
Degerness Award for Excellence in Public Relations – Pricilla Gilkey, Sacred Heart Medical Center

1998
Degerness Award for Excellence in Public Relations – Jack Geraghty, Jack Geraghty & Associates

1999
Degerness Award for Excellence in Public Relations – Dorothy Spoerhase, Spoerhase Communications

2002
Degerness Award for Excellence in Public Relations – Marilyn Thordarson, Holy Family Hospital

2003
Degerness Award for Excellence in Public Relations – Maggie Crabtree, APR, Shriner’s Hospital for Children

2004
Degerness Award for Excellence in Public Relations – Jim Desautel, APR, Desautel Hege Communications
Executive Communicator of the Year – Scott Morris, Avista Corp.
Educator of the Year – Erica Austin, Washington State University

2005
Degerness Award for Excellence in Public Relations – Patrick Lynch, Avista Utilities
Executive Communicator of the Year – Brian Benzel, Spokane Public Schools

2006
Degerness Award fro Escellence in Public Relations – Cher Desautel, APR, Desautel Hege Communications
Executive Communicator of the Year – Eckart Preu, Spokane Symphony

2007
Degerness Award for Excellence in Public Relations – Jennifer West, APR, Rockey Hill and Knowlton
Executive Communicator of the Year – Rich Hadley, Greater Spokane Incorporated
Educator of the Year – Bruce Pinkleton, Washington State University

2015
Degerness Award for Excellence in Public Relations – Michelle Hege, APR, Desautel Hege
Executive Communicator of the Year – Katherine Morgan, Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce
Communicator of the Year – Pam Pyrc, Associated Industries
Rising PR Star of the Year – Hayley Graham, Desautel Hege