Texas Monthly’s Paul Burka Receives Top Publishing Award

The City and Regional Magazine Association honored Paul Burka with the LSC Communications Milton W. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual conference in Houston, Texas.


Los Angeles, CA (May 22, 2017) – Paul Burka of Texas Monthly received the LSC Communications Milton W. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award from the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA) during an Awards Banquet at the organization’s three-day Annual Conference on Monday, May 22, 2017.

This is the Association’s top honor – sponsored by LSC Communications. In 2014, the award’s name was changed to recognize the profound and lasting contributions of industry pioneer Milton W. Jones, who passed away in the spring of 2014. Jones was a long-time publisher and former Lifetime Achievement Award recipient himself.

Since its inception in 1978, CRMA has recognized leading members of the industry by giving them the Lifetime Achievement Award. This honor is given occasionally – not annually. The recipient is chosen from nominations submitted by members of the association. The honor recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the magazine publishing industry. The recipient is announced and celebrated at the Awards Ceremony at CRMA’s Annual Conference.

Paul Burka, considered the dean of the Texas capitol press corps, led the magazine’s political coverage for 40 years before retiring from the magazine as senior executive editor in April 2015. He began reporting and writing for the magazine in 1974. He spearheaded the much-copied series, the Best and Worst Legislators. In his long career, he has been much honored. Among the awards he received are the National Magazine Award for Reporting and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award.

“His greatest legacy is as the single most consequential observer of state politics that Texas has produced,” wrote Brian Sweeney, former Texas Monthly editor. “Paul is a legend at the Capitol.”

A Rice University graduate, Burka received a B.A. in history. He then went on to earn a law degree from the University of Texas. A native of Galveston, he is a member of the State Bar of Texas. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as an attorney for the Texas Legislature for five years. Burka has taught at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin and is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, NBC and Fox news programs commenting on politics.

"Paul Burka's imprint as a writer and editor on city and regional magazines is deep and wide – his work setting a high standard for CRMA members to try to aspire to reach,” said Ray Paprocki, CRMA board member Publisher and General Manager, Dispatch Magazines (Columbus, Ohio). “His artful tales are timely and timeless, resonating with audiences whether they live in Texas or not. It is our honor to recognize his achievements and their impact on our calling."

A list of past Lifetime Achievement Award winners is posted here.


About LSC Communications, Inc.

LSC Communications (NYSE: LKSD) is a global leader in traditional and digital print, print-related services and office products that serves the needs of publishers, merchandisers and retailers. The Company’s service offering includes e-services, warehousing and fulfillment and supply chain management. LSC utilizes a broad portfolio of technology capabilities coupled with consultative attention to clients' needs to increase speed to market, reduce costs, provide postal savings to customers and improve efficiencies. Strategically located operations provide local service and responsiveness while leveraging the economic, geographic and technological advantages of an international organization.


About CRMA

‚ÄčThe City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA) represents more than 70 regional and local general interest and consumer lifestyle magazines throughout the United States and Canada. With a combined readership of 25 million and 3.8 million subscribers, CRMA member titles represent a powerful media platform for reaching an affluent consumer audience. CRMA provides a broad array of services to its members, including industry advocacy, research and promotion to the advertising community, among others. For more information about CRMA and its member publications, visit www.citymag.org.

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