2012 award recipients
Photographer Don Rice joined the Borger News-Herald in April 1962 at age 23 and never left. Now 73, he has no plans to retire. During his 50 years at the News-Herald, he has visually documented thousands of events and people throughout Hutchinson County.Â
Besides being an avid photographer, Rice also enjoys flying miniature airplanes. He was a featured photographer on several covers of a model airplane magazine in the 1990s. A number of his photos have also been recognized by the Texas Press Association and Panhandle Press Association.
Rice was inducted into the Panhandle Press Association Hall of Fame in 2010. The Borger News-Herald celebrated his 50th anniversary on March 23. Many members of the community attended to express their thanks.
Rice moved to Borger from Spearman, where he worked as a photographer. Former publisher J.C. Phillips hired him to work at the News-Herald. He was born in Wellington and raised in McLean.
Rice and his wife, Linda, have been married 43 years. The couple has two sons, Donald Lynn Rice and Daniel Kent Rice, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
From the darkroom to the Mac, Rice has captured 50 years of memories for the Borger community. He looks forward to many more years of excellence in journalism.