Mehall Phillips Receives 2018 POMA Pinnacle Award

posted on June 15, 2018
Professional Outdoor Media Association

A special congratulations to American Hunter, NRA-HLF Senior Editor Karen Mehall Phillips who received a Professional Outdoor Media Association’s (POMA) 2018 Outstanding Achievement Pinnacle Award in the “Conservation” category for her NRA Hunters’ Leadership Forum article, “Lying About Lions: Fake News Exposed as Hunters Fight Fiction with Facts.” Awards were presented to 12 individuals in six categories at POMA’s 13th Annual Business Conference in Lincoln, Neb.

The Pinnacle Awards honor journalists for remarkable achievement in traditional outdoor sports-focused communications, including writing, photography/illustration/art, and broadcasting as well as content focused on wildlife conservation.

An avid hunter for 30 years, Mehall Phillips has pursued big game, upland birds and turkeys in 26 states and in Canada, Africa, Europe, New Zealand and Greenland. An avid shotgunner and rifle hunter, she took up bowhunting eight years ago and has since taken her best whitetail buck and bull elk to date.

In 1998, after seven years promoting NRA programs as a public relations representative, Mehall Phillips joined NRA Publications. She was the founding editor in chief of two NRA Official Journals (Woman’s Outlook and America’s 1st Freedom); she served as co-host of “American Hunter Television”; currently, she serves as Senior Editor of American Hunter/NRA-HLF. As an NRA Endowment member, Mehall Phillips actively promotes the involvement of women and youth in the outdoors.

“It is rewarding to be recognized amongst my peers, who foster excellence in promoting hunting and hunters’ critical role in wildlife conservation,” said Karen Mehall Phillips. “I am particularly grateful to receive the award for ‘Lying about Lions: Hunters Fight Fiction with Facts’ because the topic gets to the heart of saving hunting’s future. That is the mission of the NRA Hunters’ Leadership Forum and its website,, as the NRA and the collective hunting community mobilize to expose the lies of animal rights extremists.”

Mehall Phillips regularly draws on her experience to educate non-hunters and the general public on the critical role that hunters play in wildlife conservation worldwide and to inform them of the dangers anti-hunting extremists present to the future of game populations—particularly those in decline.

To read the full award-winning article, click here.


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