KBIS 2016 Outstanding Media Award Finalists Announced

by Ashley Lapin Olian

Alpharetta, GA – Finalists for the fourth annual KBIS Outstanding Media Award have been announced; the kitchen and bath industry’s only award honoring the talented members of the media who help make the industry run.

The winner will be revealed at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19 on the NKBA Center Stage, located in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The NKBA’s relationship with the media is instrumental in promoting the industry to consumers and professionals,” said Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO. “The Association is progressively conducting market research to share with our colleagues, as well as trend data, new product introductions, installations and business news. We’re grateful to the committed members of the kitchen and bath community and media for bringing awareness to the industry.”

This year’s finalists are:

Janice Costa – Editor, Kitchen & Bath Design News

Janice has been serving the kitchen and bath industry since 1993. Providing editorial direction for KBDN, facilitating education in the industry is also important to Janice. She has authored two consumer books and hosted numerous Satellite Media Tours, speaking about kitchen and bath trends to millions of TV viewers worldwide. In addition, Janice has edited numerous books for the NKBA, served on the NKBA Hall of Fame committee and acted as a judge for the NKBA U Professional of the Year contest.

Kit Selzer – Senior Remodeling and Projects Editor, Better Homes and Gardens

Kit’s career with Meredith spans 27 years, most recently as the remodeling and projects editor for Better Homes and Gardens magazine since 2007. She has been the editor of the bimonthly magazine, Kitchen and Bath Ideas; editor of the quarterly Bedroom & Bath; and a copywriter for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Service.

Leslie Clagett – Founder and Editor, kbculture.com

A long-time design journalist, Leslie has a special affinity for the kitchen and bath realm, springing from her time as editor in chief of Kitchens & Baths magazine. The founder and editor of kbculture.com, her work has appeared in Kitchen & Bath Design News, K+BB, This Old House, Traditional Home, Renovation Style, Architectural Record, Kitchen and Bath Ideas, The New York Times, and many other publications. She is the author of several books, including “The New City Home” and “The Art of Mosaic Design”.

Chelsie Butler – Executive Editor, Kitchen & Bath Business (K+BB)

Chelsie Butler has been an editor for various trade magazines in the Atlanta area since she graduated from the University of Florida with a journalism degree in 1993. Titles relevant to her position with Kitchen & Bath Business have included Atlanta Home Improvement, Commercial Construction, Hospitality Construction and Commercial Kitchens magazines, as well as design:retail, another title owned by K+BB’s parent company, Emerald Expositions.

Susan S. Szenasy – Publisher and Editor in Chief, METROPOLIS

Since 1986, Susan has lead the award-winning New York City-based magazine of design and architecture and its other media platforms. A book of her writings and talks, “Szenasy, Design Advocate”, was published recently by Metropolis Books/DAP.

This year’s recipients of the Outstanding Media Award are members of the media who have demonstrated a deep proficiency and understanding of the kitchen and bath industry, while simultaneously working to make a difference within it.

Previous KBIS Outstanding Media Award recipients include Samantha Emmerling, Senior Editor, Hearst Design Group (2013 recipient); Samantha Hart, Group Editor, Luxury Home Design, Meredith Special Interest Media (2014 recipient); and DJ Carey, Editorial Director, Cottages & Gardens (2015 recipient).

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