Clarence Beckwith Distinguished Alumni Award: Roger Kullenberg
Roger Kullenberg of Kalamazoo is a journalist whose career has included being a reporter, editor, and assistant to the publisher. He spent 34 years with the Kalamazoo Gazette and 5 years at the Muskegon Chronicle. Though retired from full-time journalism, he continues to write editorials on almost a daily basis for the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Roger has been recognized with Associated Press awards and has co-authored two books about the history of Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo County Chamber of
Commerce. He got his start in journalism at age 18 with the Benton Harbor News-Palladium as an assistant sports editor. This was while he worked on his Associate of Arts degree at Benton Harbor Junior College, the predecessor of Lake Michigan College.
After graduating from LMC in 1950, Kullenberg went on to Michigan State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. He then served in the United States Army until 1956 when he began with the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Roger Kullenberg was the 2005 recipient of LMC's Clarence Beckwith Distinguished Alumni Award.