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KBIS 2016 Outstanding Media Award Presented to Leslie Clagett of

Jan 25, 2016

The kitchen and bath industry is not only comprised of amazing and talented designers, remodelers, architects and manufacturers, but also many talented editors, bloggers and television and radio hosts who also have a passion for design. To honor the demonstrated commitments of so many members of this community, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) are proud to announce the fourth annual KBIS Outstanding Media Award has been presented to Leslie Clagett, Founder and Editor of

“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.”

The kitchen and bath industry’s only award honoring the talented members of the media who help make the industry tick, recipients of the Outstanding Media Award demonstrate a deep proficiency and understanding of the kitchen and bath industry, while simultaneously working to make a difference within it.

A long-time design journalist, Mrs. Clagett has a special affinity for the kitchen and bath realm, springing from her time as editor in chief of Kitchens & Baths magazine.

Her work has appeared on many occasions among the pages of Kitchen and Bath Design NewsKitchen & Bath BusinessThis Old HouseTraditional HomeRenovation StyleArchitectural RecordKitchen and Bath IdeasThe New York Times, and many other publications.

In addition to the numerous bylines in her portfolio, Mrs. Clagett’s name graces the cover of several books she has authored, including The New City Home and The Art of Mosiac Design. 

Finalists for the fourth annual KBIS Outstanding Media Award were announced in December. In addition to Mrs. Claggett, finalists included:

Janice Costa, Editor of Kitchen & Bath Design News (KBDN)

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

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

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

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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About KBIS

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) owned by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and produced by Emerald Expositions, is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest products, trends and technologies for the kitchen and bath industry. KBIS has been the premier event of the industry for over 50 years.

In 2013, the NKBA and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced an agreement to co-locate the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) with the International Builders’ Show (IBS) under the banner of Design and Construction Week® (DCW). In 2015, KBIS and IBS announced their co-location agreement was extended through 2020. The mega-event returns to Las Vegas, Jan. 19-21, 2016, where each show will operate in various halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The NKBA and The NAHB continue to produce separate educational programming and special events. One pass provides access to both shows, as well as to DCW partner events: the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) and The International Surface Event (TISE).

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the KBIS®. With nearly 14,000 member companies representing tens of thousands of members in segments of the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

About Emerald Expositions

Emerald is a leading operator of large business-to-business tradeshows in the United States, producing more than 85 tradeshows and conference events per year connecting over 525,000 buyers and sellers across ten diversified end-markets, including general merchandise; sports; hospitality and retail design; jewelry, luxury, and antiques; e-commerce; photography;  decorated apparel;  building; healthcare; and military. Emerald is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, Cal. The company’s shows are typically the most prominent and important for exhibitors and attendees within their various industries. For more information on Emerald, please visit