KC Star’s Vendel named journalist of the year at Heart of America Awards

Kansas City Star crime reporter Christine Vendel, whose series “Many Bullets, Little Blame,” examining how an anti-snitch culture hampers police investigations of shootings, was named journalist of the year by the Kansas City Press Club at Saturday’s Heart of America awards banquet at the Grand Street Cafe.

The story was also a finalist for an IRE medal at the Investigative Reporters & Editors conference in San Antonio over the weekend.

The Kansas City Star was named Newspaper of the Year, Springfield’s KSPR-TV was named TV Station of the Year, KCUR was named Radio Station of the Year and Land Line Magazine was named both Magazine of the Year and Specialty Publication of the Year.

The Topeka Capital-Journal won the Gold award for best website.

The Star tied KSPR for the most awards with 26 (11 Gold awards, as well as one for Ink; eight Silver, three Bronze and three honorable mentions).

KSPR won 10 Gold awards, nine Silver, six Bronze and one honorable mention.

Also scoring big: The Lee’s Summit Journal (20), Sedalia Democrat (17), Topeka Capital-Journal (16), KCUR (15), and the Warrensburg Star Journal (14).

Maria Antonia, longtime reporter for KSHB, was given the Joe McGuff Lifetime Achievement Award. Due to a family illness, she was unable to attend the event.

Totals:

Associated Press 1
Cass County Democrat Missourian 5
Emporia Gazette 1
Harvest Public Media 3
Ink 2
Jefferson City News Tribune 3
KAKE-TV 4
Kansas City Star 26
KBSH-TV 1
KC Hispanic News 6
KCActive.com 1
KCTV 4
KCUR-FM 15
Kirksville Daily Express 3
KMIZ 8
KOMU-TV 5
KSHB 7
KSPR-TV 26
KTWU 3
KYTV 6
Landline 10
Landline Now 10
Lawrence Journal-World 9
Lee’s Summit Journal 20
Pitch 1
Sedalia Democrat 17
Topeka Capital-Journal 16
University of Kansas Endowment Association 3
Warrensburg Star Journal 14
WDAF 1
WIBW 7
Wichita Eagle 6
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