PUBLISHED: 12:01 PM on Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Leschper Wins Two National Outdoor Writing Awards

Lee Leschper earned two prestigious Excellence in Craft awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, presented at OWAA's annual conference in Madison, Wisconsin June 19.

He won a first place in the Sportsman's Boating Safety competition, for a newspaper column published in the Amarillo Globe-News Feb. 15, 2004, entitled "Number One Killer of Outdoorsmen: Hypothermia."

He won a second place in the newspaper technical writing competition, for a newspaper column published in the Amarillo Globe-News August 29, 2005, entitled "Dove Season Dangers," about the hazards from heat stroke to rattlesnakes that await early season mourning dove hunters.

In 2003 Leschper won a first place in OWAA's newspaper column division, for a column on outdoor photography.

Leschper, 48, now lives in Juneau, Alaska with his wife Beth and is regional advertising director for Morris Communications newspapers in Alaska. He has previously been a newspaper publisher, advertising director, classified advertising manager for newspapers in Amarillo, Stephenville, Brownwood and Bryan-College Station, Texas.

As a sideline to his newspaper management career, he has written about the outdoors for Texas newspapers and magazines for more than 20 years, and has published a weekly column in Texas newspapers since 1987. During that time he has published more than 1,200 magazine and newspaper outdoor columns and stories, and has won more than 50 outdoor writing and photography awards.

He earned a journalism degree from Texas A&M University in 1979.

OWAA is the international outdoor communicators association with more than 1600 members.

Leschper has also held a number of leadership positions in the outdoor writing industry as executive director, chairman of the board and president of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association.

"I've always considered myself a writer. Writing about the outdoors has allowed me to keep my pen sharp and express my dear love of the outdoors."