Gary Pruitt, CEO of the Star’s parent company, McClatchy, was in Kansas City today to present the paper with the company’s President’s Award. The Star was honored for its work covering the Joplin tornado.
“The Kansas City Star won for its massive coverage of the Joplin tornado, including spectacular photography, extensive breaking news and explanatory work as well as a book that assembled the best of the coverage,” said a McClatchy press release from earlier this month.
The Kansas City Star’s coverage of the Joplin tornado – the most powerful single tornado in the past 50 years – put readers at the center of the storm with a comprehensive and sensitive report that was so detailed and powerful that it made you feel as if you were there. With stunning photography, full narratives and a massive reporting effort, the Star not only reported the news, but captured events, explained the phenomenon and traced the narratives of countless individuals. Then it assembled the work into a book to make sure this story is preserved forever. “We felt like we came to know these people and this town through the pages of the newspaper,” the judges said.
The Star compiled its coverage into a book, “Joplin 5:41.” The proceeds benefit the Joplin Recovery Fund.