Former Seapower Editor Barnard Recognized With Lyman Award

ARLINGTON, Va. — Former Seapower Editor in Chief Rick Barnard, one of the founders of Defense News, Space News and Civil Aviation News, and the founding editor of Defense News, has been selected to receive the 2013 Lauren D. Lyman Award for outstanding achievement in aerospace communications.

An acknowledged expert on defense and federal management, Barnard’s career in journalism spanned more than three decades. Barnard is the recipient of the prestigious National Press Club award for excellence in consumer reporting, and has been featured as a commentator on 60 minutes, CBS’s Sunday Morning, PBS’s Late Night America, the Larry King Show and NPR’s All Things Considered. Under his direction, Defense News twice has received the Gerald R. Ford Foundation award for distinguished reporting of defense issues.

“To receive the Lyman Award is an honor,” said Barnard. “I am grateful to United Technologies Corp., the Aerospace Industries Association and each of its members. I feel I received this honor in large part because of the great work done by those around me. During my 27 years as an editor, I was surrounded by journalists who were tenacious, highly skilled and passionate about their work. I share this award with them."

Bernard left Defense News and took the helm of Seapower, the official magazine of the Navy League of the United States, in 2003. During his tenure, the magazine and its Almanac underwent complete redesigns and the coverage shifted to a more business-to-business focus, creating the magazine readers see today. He retired in 2007.

Barnard received the award at AIA’s 49th Annual Year-End Review and Forecast luncheon on Dec. 18.

The award is named after Lauren “Deac” Lyman, a Pulitzer-prize winning aviation reporter with the New York Times who later had a distinguished career as a public relations executive with United Aircraft, a predecessor to United Technologies Corp. (UTC). First awarded in 1972, the prize goes to a journalist or public relations professional in aviation who exhibits Lyman’s high standard of excellence. UTC is the longtime sponsor of the award.

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