Juneau resident Lee Leschper earned two Excellence in Craft awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, presented at OWAA's annual conference June 19 in Madison, Wis.
He won first place in the Sportsman's Boating Safety competition, for a newspaper column published in the Amarillo Globe-News on 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 on Aug. 29, 2005, entitled "Dove Season Dangers," about hazards ranging from heat stroke to rattlesnakes that await early season mourning dove hunters.
Leschper is regional advertising director for Morris Communications newspapers in Alaska. 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.