Niagara Awards

Entries for the 2020-2021 Niagara Awards are now closed!
The winners will be announced soon…

The PRSA/NWPA Niagara Awards are awarded annually to public relations practitioners who have successfully addressed a contemporary issue with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness. We have also created a competition for students attending colleges in Pennsylvania. Students or PRSA chapters may enter any program or project category. 

The PRSA Niagara Awards recognize complete public relations programs and projects incorporating sound research, planning, execution and evaluation. Winning entries must meet the highest standards of performance in the profession. A Best of Show Award will be given to the entry that stands out from the rest. All entries are judged by PR professionals outside of the Erie region. 

Congratulations to the 2019 winners, and thanks to all organizations who submitted entries! If you did not receive an award this year, we hope you will consider entering again next year.

2019 Silver and Gold Award Winners:

  • Asbury Woods
  • Diocese of Erie
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Center for Branding and Strategic Communication
  • Erie Regional Chamber
  • Erie Community Foundation
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Erie Insurance
  • Erie SeaWolves
  • Gannon University
  • General McLane
  • Mercyhurst University
  • NAMI
  • Nonprofit Partnership
  • Penn State Behrend
  • Red Letter Hospitality
  • Stevens Strategic Communications
  • UPMC Hamot

2019 Excellence Award recipients:
Broadcast Journalist of the Year – Mike Ruzzi, Erie News Now

Community Relations Person of the Year – Mayor Joe Schember, City of Erie

Digital Media Person of the Year – Robert Frank, R.Frank Media

PR Person of the Year – Erie Diocese

Print Journalist of the Year – Pam Parker, Erie Times-News/