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MT’s Henry earns OACA Media Award

Kris Henry, sports editor of the Mail Tribune, has been named the 2022 recipient of the Media Award presented by the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association.

“We are honored to recognize Kris for his many years of service, and his positive contributions to high school sports in Oregon,” Rob Younger, executive director of the OACA, said in making the announcement.

“Kris excels in giving equal treatment to all sports and all classifications within his coverage area,” Younger said.

Henry will be honored May 21 at the annual OACA awards banquet at Autzen Stadium at the University of Oregon, along with honors recipients in various other categories.

“Anyone who has worked with Kris through his years at the Mail Tribune would not be surprised that he is receiving this award,” said Robert Galvin, the paper’s interim editor.

“He is dedicated to craft and dedicated to serving the sports community of the Rogue Valley,” Galvin added.

Henry began his career at the Mail Tribune as a sports reporter in 1998. In the years since, he has written everything from game stories to features to columns, as well as worked on the desk taking game reports and designing pages.

He became sports editor in July 2021, following the retirement of Tim Trower, who himself received the OACA Media Award in 2014.

Henry is also a member of the Southern Oregon Sports Commission and Medford Sports Hall of Fame Committee, and has spent nearly two decades as a youth sports coach and volunteer in football, baseball, soccer and basketball across Medford.

Kris Henry