Announced at Print 09 the honor recognizes Crain’s career achievements and commitment to advancing and promoting the power of print. Crain Communications was founded in 1916 by G.D. Crain, Jr., Rance Crain’s father, and publishes 25 business, consumer and trade journals worldwide, largely in North America and Europe. Crain also produces business journals in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and New York City; operates trade shows; and publishes trade content online. Its Crain News Service provides business news and information to other media outlets.
Crain serves as Editor-in-Chief for a wide range of respected publications, including Advertising Age, Crain’s Chicago Business, Crain’s New York Business and TelevisionWeek. He was named senior editor of Advertising Age in 1965, and appointed first editor of Business Insurance in 1967 and editorial director of Crain Communications in 1971. Crain added the title of company president in 1973.
Crain is credited with founding four of the company’s titles, including Pensions & Investments, Crain’s Chicago Business, Crain’s New York Business and Electronic Media. Through his leadership and commitment to print as a medium that drives engagement and response, Crain has been instrumental in growing trade media for the advertising and media industries.
A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and former sports editor of The Daily Northwestern (1960), Crain is a charter member of Medill’s Hall of Achievement and a recipient of the 1992 Northwestern University Merit Award.
Kodak’s inaugural Print Ambassador Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Mr. Crain during a special ceremony at Kodak’s K-Zone at Print 09.