The Kansas City Star and Shawnee Dispatch were among the big winners in the Kansas Press Association awards, presented Sunday in Overland Park. The Star won the sweepstakes, for most awards, in the daily Division III category, the largest. The Dispatch won the sweepstakes for the non-daily Division III.
The Ottawa Herald and Manhattan Mercury won Division I and II for dailies. The Derby Informer and Atchison Herald won Division I and II for non-dailies. See more here.
In all, The Star won 19 first place awards, many for its coverage of the Joplin tornado. Star reporter Judy Thomas won the association’s Victor Murdock Award for her series called “The Altar Boys’ Secret,” about a alleged abuse and suicide tied to the Catholic Church.
The Dispatch took home 19 awards, including eight first place awards to seal its sweepstakes win.
Other area papers, including the Lawrence Journal-World and the Tonganoxie Mirror had solid showings. The Journal-World won 26 awards, including three first place plaques in the Division III daily category. The Mirror won 26 awards in the Division I non-daily category.