Harold W. Andersen
Retired Publisher and Chief Executive Officer, Omaha World-Herald Company
Born Omaha, Nebraska, July 30, 1923.
In 1945, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Nebraska, where served as editor of the Daily Nebraskan.
Reporter, Lincoln, Nebraska Star, 1945-1946.
With Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln and Omaha, 1946 to present. News staff, Lincoln and Omaha, 1946-1960. From 1950 to 1958, worked in Lincoln as World-Herald State Capital correspondent. Returned to Omaha in 1958, became assistant to the managing editor, then assistant to the president. Later vice president and business manager. President, CEO, Publisher: 1966-1986. Chairman, CEO and Publisher: 1986-1989.
Married Marian L. Battey April 19, 1952.Children: David and Nancy.
Other offices currently held:
Director, Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation
Member, Council on Foreign Relations, Inc.
Director, Omaha Zoo Foundation
Previous offices held:
Director, infoUSA, Inc.
Chairman, Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation
Chairman, Midwest Regional Advisory Committee, National Park Service
President, Omaha Development Council/Foundation
President, International Federation of Newspaper Publishers. (First American to hold this position.)
Chairman and president, American Newspaper Publishers Association. (Only Nebraskan to hold this position.)
Director, Associated Press. Chairman, Associated Press Foreign Operations Committee.
Director, Newspaper Advertising Bureau
Chairman, World Press Freedom Committee
Chairman, Newspaper Advertising Bureau Future of Advertising Committee
Member, Knight Foundation Journalism Advisory Committee
Chairman, Nebraska Committee for Selection for the Rhodes Scholarships.
Senior Vice President, North Central Flyway, Ducks Unlimited
Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Chairman, Board of Trustees, University of Nebraska Foundation
Director, The Williams Companies
Director, Avenor, Inc.
Director, Peter Kiewit Sons´, Inc.
Director, Creighton University
Director, McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc.
Director, Morrison Knudsen Corporation
Director, Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer Publishing Company
Trustee, Nebraska Nature Conservancy
Trustee, Midwest Research Institute
President, Junior Achievement of Omaha
Chairman, Omaha Chamber of Commerce
Member, United Arts Omaha Board of Directors (President 1984-1986)
Member, Bellevue College Foundation Board of Directors
Among Awards Received:
Distinguished Journalist Award of the University of Nebraska Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, 1972
Henry Monsky Lodge B´nai B´rith Americanism Citation for Meritorious Service, 1972
Nebraska Builder Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1976
Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame, International Circulation Managers Association, 1978
Master Editor-Publisher Award, the Nebraska Press Association, 1979
“Vikings of Distinction” Hall of Fame, North High School (Omaha, Nebraska), 1983
Douglas County (Nebraska) Agriculture Society Outstanding Civic and Business Leader, 1984
National Society for Park Resources Award for Excellence, 1984
Woodmen of the World Society Outstanding Citizenship Award, 1985
Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year, Nebraska Chapter, National Society of Fund-Raising Executives, 1986
Combined Health Agencies Citizen of the Year, 1986
National Association of Conservation Districts Communications Award, 1987
First Annual “Andy” Award for International Awareness, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1987
University of Nebraska Foundation Perry W. Branch Award for Distinguished Service, 1987
United Way of the Midlands Citizen of the Year Award, 1987
Nebraska Newspaper Hall of Fame, 1988
NebraskaLand Foundation, Distinguished Nebraskalander Award, 1988
Citizen of the Year Award, Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 1989
Distinguished Nebraskan Award, Nebraska Society of Washington, D.C., 1989
Midlander of the Year Award, Omaha World-Herald, 1989
James McGovern Award, Association of Newspaper Classified Advertising Managers (ANCAM), 1989
Ralph D. Casey Minnesota Award, Inland Press Association, 1989
National Conference of Christians and Jews, Humanitarian Award, 1993
Governor´s Arts Award, 1996 (Nebraska Arts Council)
Omaha Business Hall of Fame, 1997
Augusta National Golf Club
Omaha Country Club
Honorary Degrees Received: Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree from University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1975
Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree from Dana College, Blair, Nebraska, 1983
Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree from Doane College, Crete, Nebraska, 1984
Doctor of Law honorary degree from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, 1986
Doctor of International Communications honorary degree from Bellevue College, Nebraska, 1986