A panel of Oklahoma journalists and news executives has recognized Ed Darling, publisher of the Duncan Banner, for his contributions to journalism in the state.
Darling received the Beachy Musselman Award from the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation at a June 14 ceremony in Midwest City. Darling was honored during an awards banquet held in connection with the Oklahoma Press Association's annual convention.
The Beachy Musselman Award recognizes a professional journalist for service to his or her community, and initiative in reporting and interpreting the news, according to the foundation's website. It is named for Norman Beachy Musselman, late editor and general manager of the Shawnee News-Star, who won awards for his editorials and "Beachnuts and Newsbeams" column. The foundation's trustees have given the award since 1969.
Darling has spent more than 45 years in the newspaper business, starting as a 12-year-old sports correspondent for the Tuscaloosa, Ala., News. He has been editor and publisher of the Mississippi Business Journal, The Meridian Star, Natchez Democrat and Picayune Item in Mississippi, as well as the Cullman Times and Greenville Advocate in Alabama. He has held executive positions with Boone Newspapers Inc., American Publishing Co., and CNHI.
Darling has also served as president of the Associated Press news organizations in Alabama and Oklahoma. He was named Outstanding Alumnus in Journalism by the University of Alabama, where he has served on the board of visitors for the College of Communication and Information Sciences.
Darling's career includes 10 years spent as editor and general manager of The Duncan Banner. He returned to the newspaper as its publisher in 2011. Last year the newspaper won the Sequoyah Award, the top honor in the Oklahoma Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest, competing against daily newspapers with circulations between 4,000 and 8,000. This year it won awards in five advertising and news categories.