A. H. Pankow was South Dakota's first publicity director and a driving force in the early days of the state's tourism industry. The A. H. Pankow Award recognizes a member of the media or public relations industry who has provided exceptional coverage of South Dakota.
Secretary Jim Hagen presents the 2021 A.H. Pankow Award
to Jim Simpson of NewsCenter1, Rapid City,
at the 2022 Governor's Conference on Tourism.
NewsCenter1 is honored as an organization that has kept tourism top of mind with heartwarming stories that uplift the economic impact of tourism not only in the Black Hills, but across South Dakota.
NewsCenter1 regularly features members of our industry and this year produced original travel content, including an “Into the Hills” series and a three-part series on the Custer area.
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