SPJ Awards

I know that the readers of this site are among the few interested in the results of our city’s journalism awards competition, so here’s a brief report on the latest, presented at the Henry Clay Thursday night.

I was shocked to learn that in the Metro Newspapers division, my story for LEO entitled “On with the Show” won first place.  My thanks to editor Cary Stemle for his help with and agreement to publish the piece. The category was “Business Reporting.” LEO’s Michael Lindenberger also won for Minority Affairs reporting and the column writing award went to Billy Reed for his work at LEO. Hmmm.

None of the three of us are currently regular LEO contributors, but I don’t blame that totally on the paper. It’s just an observation that LEO is a great publication for good journalism, and I wish it could do more of it. Other LEO winners include Cary for Editorial and Headline writing, Geoff Oliver Bugbee and Angela Shoemaker for photography, Sherry Deatrick for Review/Criticism and Buddy Schneider for Page Design.

I’ve got some other comments, including some on the interesting winners in TV, but for now I’ll just publish this list of winners.

2007 SPJ contest winners

Metro newspapers:
1 – Best news story
1st place: Brent Adams, Business First
“American Commercial Lines to add 1,100 jobs”
Judge’s comment: “Capable treatment of a story with lots of facts and figures.”
2nd place (tie): Joe Biesk, Roger Alford and Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press
“Patronage Probe”
Michael Lindenberger, LEO
“Monster Mash: Governors Vs. Attorneys General”

2 – Continuing coverage
1st place: Jeffrey McMurray, The Associated Press
Comair crash
Judge’s comment: “Clear exposition on a complicated and volatile subject.”
2nd place: Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press
“Church abuse,” “College complaints”
Judge’s comment: “Winning coverage of difficult topics.”

3 – Enterprise reporting
1st place: Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal
“Coffee Connection”
Judge’s comment: “This writer took me to the mountain coffee trees and made me understand how little of my coffee dollar goes to the grower.”
2nd place: Stephen George, LEO
“Is this the future of public housing?” “A trying life” “A moveable need”
Judge’s comment: “Public housing is a tough subject, but this writer made it come alive.”

4 – Business reporting
1st place: Rick Redding, LEO
“On with the show”
Judge’s comment: “Writer has fun with a serious topic. Good examples, great structure.”
2nd place: Sarah Jeffords/Brent Adams, Business First
“Ramping Up”
Judge’s comment: “Good treatment of what could have been a banal subject.”

5 – Health care reporting
1st place: Laura Ungar, The Courier-Journal
Medical coverage
Judge’s comment: “Wrapping medical care stories around patients’ lives is not easy, but this writer pulls it off.”
2nd place: Ed Green, Business First
“A hefty decision” and others
Judge’s comment: “Tackling issues of interest to readers, this writer hits the winning bell!”

6 – Minority affairs
1st place: Michael Lindenberger, LEO
“If poverty is a disease . . .,” “Segregation redux,” “The good news and
bad news about AIDS”
Judge’s comment: “Compassionate treatment of a number of minority topics.”

7 – Women’s affairs
1st place: Tamera Huber, Business First
“Connecting the dots,” “Trimming tradition”
Judge’s comment: “Good treatment of women’s topics that could be dull.”

8 – Service reporting
1st place: Tamera Huber, Business First
“Seascape viewing,” “Updating inside and out”
Judge’s comment: “A classic example of comprehensive service journalism.”

9 – Feature writing
1st place: Katya Cengel, The Courier-Journal
“Guard Academy …,” “Exonerated Kentuckian … ,”
“All hell broke loose …”
Judge’s comment: “Nice descriptive touch on a variety of topics. A real wordsmith.”
2nd place: Jeffrey McMurray, The Associated Press
“Bridge climb,” Glory road,” “Appalachian college”

10 – Editorial writing
1st place: Cary Stemle, LEO
“Journalism 101,” “Smart is as smart does,” “Mr. Yarmuth doesn’t live
here anymore.”

11 – Editorial cartoons
No entries

12 – Column writing
1st place (tie): Billy Reed, LEO
“Dancing with Life … ,” “A fine day in J’Town,”
“In tribute to Up an Octave”
Judge’s comment: “Clear point of view with vivid details to flesh out stories.
Ellen Birkett Morris for The Courier-Journal
“Finding her own New Orleans”
Judge’s comment: “A lot of insight and heart in a few words.”

13 – Sports writing
1st place: Will Graves, The Associated Press
“Lawyer Ron,” Flying tomato,” “Kentucky-Louisville football”
Judge’s comment: “Nice touch, engaging language on a variety of topics.”
2nd place (tie): Bill Doolittle, LEO
“That was Giacomo” “Barbaro: A living flame flickering” “Another B-
horse chasing history”
John R. Karman III, Business First
“Strike the Gold”

14 – News photography
No entries

15 – Feature photography
1st place: Geoff Oliver Bugbee, LEO
“Is this the future of public housing in Louisville?”
Judge’s comment: “Interesting angles and subjects amplify the story-telling.”
2nd place(tie): Ron Bath, Business First
“Marine welder,” “Pulsed light,” “French Lick”
Ross Gordon, LEO
“The crux of the matter” & others

16 – Sports photography
1st place: Angela Shoemaker, LEO
“Terri Blair story,” “These guys are cagey,” “Hot chicks, hard wood”
Judge’s comment: “Images that amplify the stories.”
2nd place: Andy Lyons, Getty Images

17 – Review/criticism
1st place: Sherry Deatrick, LEO
“Boston marriage,” ” ‘Gem of the Ocean,’ ”
“Tennessee Williams’ ‘Candles to the Sun,’ ”
Judge’s comment: “Theater critic makes plays accessible to everyone.”\

18 – Headline writing
1st place: Cary Stemle, LEO
“Man of constant color,” “Things that go ‘cha-ching’ in the night,”
“Meat and greet”
Judge’s comment: “Great headlines that play off phrases we all know. Good ear!”
2nd place: Rebecca Ray, Business First
“Nice scream sales,” “A gift for garb,” “The dedicated server”

19 – Graphic illustration
1st place: Brooke Griffiths, Business First
“How Louisville stacks up,” “Major medical,”
“Ingredients for an enterprise”
Judge’s comment: “Great graphics tell part of the story and suck the reader into the stories.”
2nd place: Michael O’Bannon, LEO
“LEO Music issue 2006”

20 – Page design
1st place: Ben Schneider, LEO
“Is this the future of public housing in Louisville?”
“Think locally, grow locally,” “Hot chicks, hard wood”
Judge’s comment: “Nice, clean page designs. Easy to read, easy to follow.”

Non-Metro newspapers:
21 – Best news story
1st place: Melissa Moody, The Voice-Tribune
“Blank Slate”
Judge’s comment: “Excellent in-depth coverage. Very detailed.”
2nd place: Ruth Schenk, The Southeast Outlook
“1,944 Walls in Four Hours”
Judge’s comment: “Wonderful, heartwarming story. Excellent lead.”
3rd place: Tom Dekle, The Kentucky Standard
“Fort Knox Growth May Impact Area”
Judge’s comment: “Good coverage of serious and intriguing ideas.”

22 – Continuing coverage
1st place: Marnie McAllister, The Record
“Life after Katrina”
Judge’s comment: “Wonderful! I cried while reading each article! Favorite lines: ‘Prayer, gumbo and hot dogs’ and ‘Water blackened by oil and dotted with a few dead sea turtles.’ Your writing is rich and inviting.”
2nd place: Glenn O. Rutherford, The Record
“Parish reorganization plan”
Judge’s comment: Excellent coverage of an extremely complicated issue! Map/graphic also helped make it clear. Good details!”
3rd place: Tom Dekle, The Kentucky Standard
“Agriculture Center contest”
Judge’s comment: “I really like the way you wove in a lot of historical details. (That sucks that Mercer County won!)”

23 – Enterprise reporting
1st place: Rachael Tolliver, The Turret
“PTSD”
Judge’s comment: “Excellent coverage of serious issue.”
2nd place: Melissa Moody, The Voice-Tribune
“Monopoly: Bluegrass Edition”
Judge’s comment: “Extremely investigative.”
3rd place: Brian Walker, The Kentucky Standard
“Revitalization”
Judge’s comment: “Detailed coverage of intriguing issue.”

24 – Business reporting
1st place: Tom Dekle, The Kentucky Standard
“Bridal shop owner in hog heaven,” “Bardstown tradition celebrates,”
“Illuminating idea”
Judge’s comment: “He has a comfortable, even folksy manner of covering local business; captures the company’s uniqueness.”
2nd place: Lorrie Kinkade, The News-Democrat
Three stories
Judge’s comment: “Is able to cover hard news in a way that impacts her community.”
3rd place: Jay Cason, The Anderson News
Three stories
Judge’s comment: “Well written features on unique business factory in area.”

25 – Health care reporting
1st place: Melissa Moody, The Voice-Tribune
“Medical Mecca”
2nd place: Brian Walker, The Kentucky Standard
“Cancer”
3rd place: Glenn O. Rutherford, The Record
“Alzheimer’s”

26 – Minority affairs reporting
1st place: Phyllis Codling, The News-Democrat
“In search of a better life”
Judge’s comment: “Excellent and in-depth coverage of Hispanic issues.”
2nd place: Glenn O. Rutherford, The Record
“Crossing the border”
Judge’s comment: “Good connection to minority issues.”

27 – Women’s affairs reporting
1st place: Jacob Glassner, The Voice-Tribune
“A woman’s place is in the House – and Senate”
Judge’s comment: “Good coverage. Liked the history and stats. Nice dialogue. Kudos to your headline writer as well!”
2nd place: Linda Ireland, The LaRue County Herald News
“Battling the silent killer”
Judge’s comment: “Nice story of triumph. Good quotes! Very detailed!”

28 – Service reporting
1st place: Marnie McAllister, The Record
“Internet child safety”
Judge’s comment: “Well reported and researched series on current, important topic.”
2nd place: Jacob Glassner, The Voice-Tribune
“Death of a hard drive”
Judge’s comment: “Interesting topic reported in interesting, helpful style.”
3rd place: Melissa Moody, The Voice-Tribune
“Home audits cut high energy bills”
Judge’s comment: “Lots of good advice.”

29 – Feature writing
1st place: Kate McCann, The Kentucky Gazette
“Test scores trump poverty in Clay County”
Judge’s comment: “Fascinating, well-reported piece in an area of America we seldom hear of.”
2nd place: Lorrie Kinkade, The News-Democrat
Three features
Judge’s comment: “Covered three advice topics in an interesting manner. Easy to read.”
3rd place: Ruth Schenk, The Southeast Outlook
“Homeless for the holiday”
Judge’s comment: “Well-covered feature of people we usually don’t cover.”

30 – Editorial writing
1st place: Lisa Tolliver, The Kentucky Standard
“Sewer situation certainly stinks”
Judge’s comment: “She wrote of local issues with an obvious knowledge of the issues and offered strong, well-reasoned opinions.”
2nd place: Tom Dekle, The Kentucky Standard
“Big not always better,” “Principal tough act to follow,”
“Fire department asking for help”
Judge’s comment: “Writes passionately about issues central to his community.”
3rd place: Laura Cullen Glasscock, The Kentucky Gazette
“Asking taxpayers to pay for spin”
Judge’s comment: “Good knowledge of subject.”

31 – Editorial cartoons
No entries

32 – Column writing
1st place: Phyllis Codling, The News-Democrat
Editor’s Desk columns
Judge’s comment: “Superior, easy-to-read writing style. She also has a command of facts that boost her opinion.”
2nd place: Tom Dekle, The Kentucky Standard
“The play must go on,” “We should appreciate bank canvasses,”
“Thick, sweet syrup”
Judge’s comment: “He has an admirable range of talents and knowledge.”
3rd place: Lisa Tolliver, The Kentucky Standard
“No denying it’s a barrel”
Judge’s comment: “Good reporting and unique topics, such as a bourbon barrel.”

33 – Sports reporting
1st place: John Herndon, Anderson News
“Looking for perfection,” AMS coaching search puzzling”
“Timeless treasure found at the diamond”
Judge’s comment: “Feature of Coach Peach captured his no-nonsense, dedication, respect and rapport he has with players. Columns were skillfully written.”
2nd place: Ruth Schenk, The Southeast Outlook
“Louisville Slugger”
Judge’s comment: “Interesting, fact-filled look at baseball hero and his commitment to God.”
3rd place: Jason Nelson, The Kentucky Standard
“Harness racing…”

34 – News photography
1st place: Lorrie Kinkade, The News-Democrat
“Blaze destroys Worthville dwelling”
Judge’s comment: “Catches the intensity of the firefighter at work.”
2nd place: Brian Walker, The Kentucky Standard
“Hot lesson”
Judge’s comment: “Shows training and what the firefighters endure to be great at their craft.”
3rd place: Melissa Moody, The Voice-Tribune
“Storming the castle”
Judge’s comment: “Shows with good detail a building being demolished.”

35 – Feature photography
1st place: Tom Dekle, The Kentucky Standard
“Tinker time”
Judge’s comment: “Extremely professional.”
2nd place: Lorrie Kinkade, The News-Democrat
“Knees”
Judge’s comment: “Great humanization. (I laughed my ass off at these photos!)”
3rd place: Brian Walker, The Kentucky Standard
“Lights of the dark”
Judge’s comment: “Excellent play with light!”

36 – Sports photography
1st place: Jason Nelson, The Kentucky Standard
“Victory slips from Lady Cardinals”
Judge’s comment: “Good clear shot of intense basketball action.”
2nd place: Phyllis Codling, The News-Democrat
Judge’s comment: “Nice action shot of slam from senior hoopster.”
3rd place: Melissa Moody, The Voice-Tribune
“Breeders Cup”
Judge’s comment: “Nice shot of the Breeders’ from a rider’s perspective.”

37 – Review/Criticism
No entries.

38 – Headline writing
No entries.

39 – Graphic illustration
No entries

40 – Page design
1st place: Tom Dekle, The Kentucky Standard
“Tinker time,” “Boiling tradition,” “Getting their goats”
Judge’s comment: “Nice use of graphics. Big headlines grab the readers’ attention.”
2nd place: Phyllis Codling, The News-Democrat
Three front pages
Judge’s comment: “Nice modular design, clear lead, easy on the eyes.”

Magazines

41 – Business reporting
1st place: Judith Berzof, Amy Higgs, Business First staff and correspondents
Business of the Year, Fast 50, 40 Under 40
Judge’s comment: “Strong, aggressive and impressive efforts in all.”
2nd place: Thomson Smillie, Louisville Magazine
“Studio City”
3rd place: Lewis L. Gentry, Louisville Magazine
“Combines for Equines”

42 – Feature writing
1st place: Bruce Allar, Louisville Magazine
“Living on the Edge,” “Bourbon Byways,” “Persons of the Year”
Judge’s comment: “Great, creative leads – and very well-crafted writing.”
2nd place: Jack Welch, Louisville Magazine
“Party Arty,” “Animal Attraction,” “The Rolls-Royce of Remodeling”
3rd place: Javacia N. Harris, Velocity
“Leading Man,” “Serving the Scene,” “Laying down Roots”

43 – Editorial writing
1st place: Bruce Allar, Louisville Magazine
“Mumming the Media,” “Might and Right,” “Running in Reverse”
Judge’s comment: “Strong editorial writing”
2nd place: Cathy S. Zion, Today’s Woman magazine
“Pilots & Princesses & Powerful”

44 – Editorial cartoon
1st place: Marie Davis, Today’s Woman

45 – Column writing
1st place: Barbara Tyler, Today’s Woman
“You Have to Laugh”
2nd place: Bruce Allar, Louisville Magazine
“Star for the Course,” “Turning over the Wheel,” “Aqua Culture”
3rd place: Lucy M. Pritchett, Today’s Woman
“14 Minutes”

46 – Sports writing
1st place: J.L. Frank, Louisville Magazine
“Launched by Lacrosse,” “Senior’s Moment,” “Casting Director”
Judge’s comment: “Great feature writing.”
2nd place: Craig Harzmann, Louisville Magazine
“Foal to Finish Line”
3rd place: Fred Yates, Business First
“On Top of the World”

47 – Photography
1st place: Eric Williams, Sophisticated Living
“Starting Gate,” “Fashion in the Fast Lane,” “Garden of Delights”
Judge’s comment: “Outstanding in every shot!”
2nd place: John Nation, Louisville Magazine
“Make a Joyful Noise,” “More is Just Right,” “Knockout Fashions”
3rd place: Ron Bath, Business First
“Drummer,” “Best on the Books,” “Seal”

48 – Service reporting
1st place: Mary Welp, Louisville Magazine
“The Monk’s Tail,” “The Perfect Pepper,” “Call of the Wild Blueberry”
2nd place: Tracy Lightfoot, The Lane Report
“Catering to the Dog,” “Technology Undergrouns,” “Biz Blogging 101”
3rd place: Shannon Leonard-Boone, Gwen Mayes, Mary Cartledgehayes
Today’s Woman
“When Life Runs You Over”

49 – Review/Criticism
1st place: Stephen Hacker, Louisville Magazine
“Winter Dog Days,” “Room at the Top,” “Plus-size Small at Nios”
2nd place: Thomson Smillie, Louisville Magazine
“Smillie’s Picks”
3rd place: Gioia Patton, Today’s Woman
“Arts Insider”

50 – Minority affairs reporting
1st place: Judith Berzof, various writers, Business First
Minority Enterprise
Judge’s comments: “Well crafted and very well written.”
2nd place: Joe Atkinson, Louisville Magazine
“Busing in the Balance”
3rd place: Kimberly Garts Crum, Today’s Woman
“Changing lives – One Cup at a Time”

51 – Women’s issues reporting
1st place: Judith Berzof, Chris Lamb, Allison Stines, Marilyn Clark, Fran Dotson, Sarah L. Ferguson, Mai Hoang, Tamera Huber, Kym Voorhees Raque, Linda Romine, Robyn Davis Sekula, Carol Burns Whyte, Business First
Business Women First
Judge’s comment: “Very extensive project – well done.”
2nd place: Meg Higgins, Kentuckiana Healthy Woman magazine
“Meditation”
Judge’s comment: “”Great lead – handles subject very well.”

52 – Health care reporting
1st place: Tamera Huber, Today’s Woman
“The Hidden Cancer,” “Breast Cancer,” “Multiple Sclerosis”
2nd place: Jack Welch, Louisville Magazine
“The Darwin of Flu Forecasters”
3rd place: Michael Lindenberger, Louisville Magazine
“Vagaries of In Vitro”

53 – Criminal justice reporting
1st place: Cameron Lawrence, Louisville Magazine
“When Blood Runs Cold”
2nd place: Joe Atkinson, Louisville Magazine
“Trials by Fire”

54 – Education reporting
1st place: Bill Doolittle, Louisville Magazine
“The Whys of Knowing Where”
Judge’s comment: “Great idea”
2nd place: Joe Ward, Louisville Magazine
“Big Plan on Campus”
3rd place: Barbara Myerson Katz, Louisville Magazine
“Giving them Credit”

55 – Headline writing
1st place: Jack Welch, Louisville Magazine
“The Sun Also Energizes,” “The Whys of Knowing Where,”
“The Monk’s Tail”

56 – Graphic illustration in support of a story
1st place: Silvia Cabib, Today’s Woman
“Through the Eyes of Silvia”
2nd place: Annette Cable, Louisville Magazine
“Uptown across the River,” “Garden Q&A”

57 – Page design
1st place: Brooke Trevitt, Louisville Magazine
“Bourbon Byways,” “When Blood Runs Cold,” “2006 Fall Guide”
2nd place: Kathy Bolger, Today’s Woman
“The Paths of Powerful Women,” “Peace in the Valley,” “Fashion Is . . .”
3rd place: Editorial staff, Today’s Woman
Anniversary issue

58 – Cover design
1st place: Cathy Frick, Kirsten Silven, Kentucky Homes & Gardens
Judge’s comment: “Great – very ‘appetizing.’ ”
2nd place: John Wurth, Eric Williams, Sophisticated Living
3rd place: Brooke Trevitt, Louisville Magazine

Online
59 – Best Web Site
1st place: Alice Thompson, wfpl.org
Judge’s comment: “Clear and easy to use.”

60 – Breaking news reporting
1st place: Ed Green, Business First
“U of L to build $40 million . . .,” “Some area hospitals could take hit,”
“Attorneys dropping their fight”
Judge’s comment: “Clear, concise writing for deadline news coverage.”
2nd place (tie): Brent Adams, Business First
“UPS pilots ratify contract,” “ACL to add 1,100 jobs,” “FAA
administrator stumps for air-safety system:
Amanda Webb, Business First
“Pusateri says orchestra considering bankruptcy”
College
92 – Best news story
1st place: Corey Paul, College Heights Herald
“AGRs suspended after incident at house”
Judge’s comment: “Serious treatment of a hazing incident on campus. In less professional hands, this story could have been sophomoric.”

2nd place: Elizabeth Cawein, The Murray State News
“A matter of interpretation”
Judge’s comment: “Fair-handed account of a student seeking justice for a sexual assault.”

93 – Best feature story
1st place: Leah Caudle, College Heights Herald
“Student, pastor is part of evolving community”
Judge’s comment: “Very engaging!”

2nd place: Tavia Green, College Heights Herald
“Math madness”
Judge’s comment: “Extremely intriguing!”

3rd place: Corey Paul, College Heights Herald
“The master of his new domain”
Judge’s comment: “Fun and informative!”

Honorable mention: Lance Vaught, The Bridge
“SCC’s Croc Doc”

94 – Best sports story
1st place: Jake Mitchell, College Heights Herald
“Selection night shocker”
Judge’s comment: “Good lead, captured shock and disappointment at tourney snub.”

2nd place: Jessy Welte, The Louisville Cardinal
“Brohm’s return”
Judge’s comment: “Well-reported recap of exciting game with sidelight of QB’s return.”

3rd place: Jason Case, IUS Horizon
“Grenadiers capture KIAC championship”
Judge’s comment: “Good job of covering lengthy tourney.”

95 – Best editorial
1st place: Ashlee Clark, College Heights Herald
“News can’t wait”
Judge’s comment: “Thorough explanation and examination of college asking student paper to keep news quiet.”
2nd place: Brittney Hubbard, IUS Horizon
“We don’t need no stinkin’ grammar’
Judge’s comment: “Lively and amusing discussion of the fall of grammar and spelling.”

96 – Best news photography
1st place: Kari Collins, College Heights Herald
“1,000 words: Here, Kitty”
Judge’s comment: “The photo really draws you in. What you may not notice at first is the picture within the picture: the framing of the woman crying in the background.”

2nd place: Edward Linsmier, College Heights Herald
“Ex-addict now helps others”
Judge’s comment: “Good portrayal of personal drama.”

3rd place: James Waters, The Louisville Cardinal
“Marrow for the morrow”
Judge’s comment: “Nice play on reflection. Interesting splay of the medical aspect.”

97 – Best feature photography
1st place: Jeff Giraldo, College Heights Herald
“1,000 words: Girls, booze and band”
Judge’s comment: “Great angles, symmetry and shadowing! Seriously – this could be a magazine cover!”

2nd place: Elsa Hansen, College Heights Herald
“1,000 words: Hangin’ on the porch”
Judge’s comment: “Excellent real-life human shot.”

3rd place: Christian Hansen, College Heights Herald
“A taste of spring”
Judge’s comment: “I really liked the angles and symmetry – from the branches to the striped pants to the bracelets.”

98 – Best sports photography
1st place: Greg Barnette, College Heights Herald
“Sun Belt shut out”
Judge’s comment: “Greg has a talent for capturing the emotion of a moment.”

2nd place: Sara Holcombe, College Heights Herald
“Rollin’ with the flow”
Judge’s comment: “Well-done underwater shot.”

3rd place: James Waters, The Louisville Cardinal
“Cards silence ‘Canes and critics”
Judge’s comment: “Good celebration shot.”

Television
61 – Investigative reporting
1st place: John Boel and Scott Eckhardt, WLKY-TV
“Police Driving Examination”
Judge’s comment: “This may be the best story we’ve seen in the entire Louisville SPJ chapter this year. Tough story but excellent job going after it. Great examples of victims and nice work getting documents to support the piece. The video of cops speeding is amazing work, and following the one officer to Victoria’s Secret sums up the whole reason why this is an issue. Excellent journalism.”

2nd place: Steve Burgin and Paul Ahmann, WLKY-TV
“Bioperformance,”
Judge’s comment: “We’ve heard about these pills too. With gas prices where they are, your team did a great job of protecting consumers of what appears to be bogus product. Thanks.”

3rd place: Andy Alcock, WLKY-TV
“EMS/Metrosafe”
Judge’s comment: “Hopefully, your story will encourage city leaders to take a close look at how MetroSafe uses those ‘fly vehicles’.” This is the kind of piece that should get things going and ultimately save lives.”

62 – Spot news reporting
1st place: WHAS 11 News team, WHAS-11 News
“Warehouse Fire,” “Camm Verdict” and “Comair Plane Crash”
Judge’s comment (about fire video): “We couldn’t stop watching this coverage! Great chopper shots and amazing video of the ground. Reporter was smooth and gave great information on the cinders and ash … it involved a lot of viewers. Thank you to the phone reporter for describing what 4-alarm means, and it was great getting that firefighter on the phone. Tough story. Very well done. We also liked the weather guy shot it on radar. Your team rocks!

63 – General news reporting
1st place: John Boel and Paul Ahmann, WLKY-TV
“Let’s make a deal”
Judge’s comment: “It takes a certain kind of reporter and photographer to do this story. Many would have said no, but both of you said yes and exposed a huge problem at that intersection. Your writing was terrific, using real words and real sentences. A story like this should get results from the police department. Excellent story; even better putting it all together.”

2nd place: Renee Murphy, WHAS-11
“N-word Controversy”
Judge’s comment: “We love your opening sentence about the students coming to you. It was nice to see your warning about using the N-word, and it was appropriate to leave it in. Excellent reactions from students, especially getting a “pro” and “con” from black students. This story sparked a lot of discussing between the judges. Tough story to cover; good job telling it.”

3rd place: Andy Alcock, WLKY-TV
“Missed Ambulance Run”
Judge’s comment: “Good job starting the story with real people. The best thing about this story is you showed a problem with the SEND and ABANDON buttons in dispatch, and they now are going to fix it. … You did your viewers a service with this story.”

64 – Business reporting
1st place: Steve Burgin and Paul Ahmann, WLKY-TV
“Foreclosures”
Judge’s comment: “With the housing and construction on new homes booming, this story is very timely. I like how you found a real person who is facing foreclosure. Your expert gave a great example of how much an ARM has increased a monthly payment. The graphics over chopper video is a great idea. Good to see a foreclosure auction and what people there do. Easy-to-understand writing; nice photography; great story on the topic.”

2nd place: Andy Alcock, WLKY-TV
“Swingers Club”
Judge’s comment: “Good job getting neighborhood businesses to voice their concerns. The phoner on Part II added to the story. Good follow-up information at the end.”

3rd place: Bill Francis & Neil Johnson, WDRB-TB
Madison wineries

65 – Health care reporting
(JUDGES DECIDED TO GIVE NO AWARD FOR THIS CATEGORY)

66 – Feature reporting
1st place: Andy Alcock, WLKY-TV
“Jay’s Bird Bash”
Judge’s comment: “Excellent writing (with) phrases like bird brain, fly by night and catch flies. It’s nice to keep a baseball and bird theme. Showing some Blue Jays’ history was a nice touch. Graphics/maps showed the big distance between the cities. The story was well done.”

2nd place: Barry Bernson, Matt English and Jennifer Keeney, WDRB-TV
Fox 41 on 41

67 – Minority/Women’s affairs
1st place: John Boel and Scott Eckhardt, WLKY-TV
“Child Protection Probe”
Judge’s comment: “This is the kind of story all stations should tell. Great job exposing a serious problem in the minority and poor communities. You embarrassed CPS and made them look silly for their quick actions and little nicknames. The federal money connection is eye-opening. Thanks for getting both sides of story. Keep fighting.”

2nd place: Melissa Swan and Bryan Derby, WHAS-11
“Children of Prisoners”
Judge’s comment: “We all thought this was a great enterprise story. The emotion of the kids talking about their jailed parents hits hard and will make some parents think about their children first.

3rd place: Andy Alcock, WLKY-TV
“Navy Pioneer”
68 – Sports reporting
1st place: Tom Lane, WDRB-TV
“Shawnee Girls Basketball”
Judge’s comment: “What a great story. I like how you began the piece with some natural sound. I like that you took the time to interview more than one player and coach. Showing the girl with the injury added another layer… Great job all around.”

69 – Public affairs reporting
1st place: Jennifer Keeney and Elizabeth Woolsey, WDRB-TV
“Remembering Officer Grignon”
Judge’s comment: “This is a story and program you had to get … it didn’t come to you like so many other public affairs programs. All the interviews were emotional and touching. The community will never forget Officer Grignon thanks to your program. Well written, well told and well produced. Be proud of this piece.”

2nd place: WLKY-TV
Thunder Over Louisville
Judge’s comment: “How many cameras did you have in place? We couldn’t imagine all the overtime planning to make this work as you did. We loved the little interviews and little feature pieces that helped fill time … because this was a live event. Absolutely amazing. Well done.”

70 – Documentary
1st place: John Boel and Scott Eckhardt, WLKY-TV
“The Final Foal”
Judge’s comment: “It is absolutely amazing that a local TV station committed all this time and effort for this story. John’s writing and Scott’s shooting and editing hit home. … We love how you started with the history of Churchill Downs. The music selection throughout the story was perfect. It was great seeing how the horse grew throughout the story. Fonts and graphics were top notch. The ups and downs kept us watching. Best documentary I’ve seen in years.”

2nd place: Barry Bernson, Ken Bradley and Jennifer Keeney, WDRB-TV
“Heaven and Hell: A Journey of Grace”
Judge’s comment: “It’s nice to see such a great story about great people who care. This had to have been difficult at times, especially at the garbage dump. We loved the close-up and personal shots. The ‘sensory overload’ of the baseball game also showed the vitality of the country. Great contrast; great story.”

71 – Newscast
1st place: Fox News Team, WDRB-TV
Fox News at 10
Judge’s comment: “It was difficult deciding between your 10 p.m. and 4 p.m. newscasts because they are both basically the same template. Lots of crime, teases and flashy graphics. However, the pacing of the 10 p.m. newscast seemed better and your lead reporter for both examples was solid. No major technical problems. The shows were well produced, and if you have to do all crime, they seemed to be in the right order. Overall, very well done as far as newscasts go.”

2nd place: Fox News Team, WDRB-TV
Fox News at 4
Judge’s comment: “This could have easily won first place but there were a couple of glitches in the audio. Still, this entry for both newscasts is great. I liked how the Amber Alert got right up top.”
73 – Series reporting
1st place: Steve Burgin and Paul Ahmann, WLKY-TV
“Library Porn”
Judge’s comment: “What a story. You had all the elements: undercover video, records, library director, psychologist, even a confrontation with a guy. We liked that you used that. This story shows the library might have been a little lax on Internet security. Great confrontation! Tough questions, very well done.”

2nd place: John Boel and Scott Eckhardt, WLKY-TV
“Down in the Dump”
Judge’s comment: “We love John’s writing in these stories … clever, witty and smart. Great natural sound. The undercover video was shocking, but we loved the ‘No Dumping’ signs and how it was explained why these items were being dumped (because the dump doesn’t take them in). The confrontation was well done.”

3rd place: Valerie Chinn and Kenny Bradley, WDRB-TV
“The Pilots Wife”
Judge’s comment: “This is a great story, and there is only one like it. The wife is the only person who can explain all this, and what a burden she must feel when she hears ‘pilot error.’ The shot of her daughter watching home movies of dad is touching. Way to go getting this woman. Great story.”

75 – General news photography

1st place: Dominik Fuhrmann, WDRB-TV
News composite

76 – Feature photography
1st place: David White, WDRB-TV
Judge’s comment: “What a bunch of fun stories. Feature stories only work well if the photography is creative as well. You have accomplished that. Lots of great and natural sound, close-ups and interesting angles. We loved the bubble truck story.”

2nd place: Eric Edwards, WDRB-TV
Feature compilation
Judge’s comment: “Eric has a unique way of shooting different angles. We like how often you get your camera off the tripod to show different perspectives. Fun stories that were well shot.”

3rd place: Dominik Fuhrmann, WDRB-TV

77 – Sports photography

1st place: Eric Edwards, WDRB-TV
Sports compilation”
Judge’s comment: “Excellent shots and angles. I love how you get the camera off the tripod for interesting and unique shots. Great shot of the dryer door closing, the gymnasts landing and the arm wrestling. Great way to use what you have for stand ups. .. the arm through the ring and the dog and weight for the arm wrestling. You don’t see the sports too often but your video made them interesting and memorable.”

2nd place: Dominik Fuhrmann, WDRB-TV

78 – Special photography
1st place: Eric Edwards, WDRB-TV
“Clifft notes”
Judge’s comment: “What a collection of great stories. We love how you followed all your subjects to more than one location. It’s great to see the interview with the young chef.”

Radio
79 – Investigative reporting
No entries

80 – Spot news reporting
1st place: Rick Howlett, Stephanie Sanders, Tony McVeigh, Heidi Caravan,
Julie Goodwin, WFPL
“Comair crash”
Judge’s comment: “Nice live presence on the scene of the crash, teasing live coverage to come. Nice public service in helping victim families with useful information. Updates throughout the day help keep the public informed. Nice comprehensive coverage.”

81 – General news reporting
1st place: Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio
“Kentucky governor indicted”
Judge’s comment: “Nice, in-depth work.”
2nd place: Rick Howlett, WFPL
“Fletcher deal,” “Children slain,” “Clinton visits Louisville”

82 – Business reporting
1st place: Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio
“Kentucky Business”
2nd place: Julie Goodwin, Rick Howlett, Stephanie Sanders, WFPL
“YUM and the Kentucky Derby,” “Ford restructuring”

83 – Health care reporting
1st place: Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio
“Kentucky Health Care”
Judge’s comment: “Nice, well-rounded story.”

2nd place: Robin Fisher, Julie Kredens, Laura Ellis, WFPL
“Alcoholism”
Judge’s comment: “Important topic.”
3rd place: Julie Goodwin, Rick Howlett, Stephanie Sanders, WFPL
“Autism camp” and “Louisville hand transplant”

84 – Feature reporting
1st place: Julie Goodwin, WFPL
“The Greek community”
Judge’s comment: “Full of life. Nice use of natural sound. Interesting to listen to.”

2nd place: Julie Kredens and Stephanie Sanders, WFPL
“World War II veterans”
Judge’s comment: “Nice use of natural sound and writing to help tell the story.”

3rd place: Stephanie Sanders, WFPL
“Somali Bantu”

85 – Minority/Women’s affairs
1st place: Stephanie Sanders, WFPL
“Teaching peace”
Judge’s comment: “Entry captured the heart behind the event and helped the listener to feel involved. Use of natural and ambient sound brought listeners to the scene.”

2nd place: Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio
“Kentucky Cares”
Judge’s comment: “Nice work. Audio from survivors was very relate-able. Good information.”

3rd place: Robin Fisher, Julie Kredens, Laura Ellis, WFPL
“African-American identity”
Judge’s comment: “An engaging and important discussion.”

86 – Sports reporting
1st place: Rick Howlett, WFPL
“Tommie Smith track program,” “Remembering the Colonels,”
“Ryder Cup comes to Valhalla”
Judge’s comment: “Nice use of the old game calls in ‘Remembering the Colonels.’ It really livened things up.”

2nd place: Robin Fisher, Julie Kredens, Laura Ellis, WFPL
“NASCAR”

3rd place: Stephanie Sanders, WFPL
“U of L football”

87 – Public affairs reporting
1st place: Robin Fisher, Julie Kredens, Laura Ellis, WFPL
“Offender re-entry”
Judge’s comment: “Important discussion with guests who offer help and solutions. Well done.”

2nd place: Brad Yost, Jeneen Wiche, Bob Hill, WFPL
“Homegrown”
Judge’s comment: “Good guests. Hosts have great personalities and picked topics important to gardeners.”

3rd place: Julie Goodwin, WFPL
“211 service”

88 – Documentary
1st place: Julie Goodwin, Susan Sweeney Crum, Heidi Caravan, Rick Howlett, WFPL
“Hands of Home from Louisville to Nicaragua”
Judge’s comment: “Nice use of natural sound and reporting with stories from the people in desperate need. A worthy cause for a community to become involved in.”

89 – Newscast
1st place: Stan Cook, Susan Sweeney Crum (anchors), WFPL
Judge’s comment: “Interesting lead story (about skeletal remains). Drama keeps listener engaged. Nice delivery by both hosts. Good pacing and flow.”

90 – Editorial/Commentary
No entries

91 – Series reporting
1st place: Julie Goodwin, Rick Howlett, Stephanie Sanders, WFPL
“Different Diasporas in Louisville”
Judge’s comment: “Interesting history behind the German area. Nice ambient noise – birds and traffic. I can hear the street. The conversation with the Bosnian kids was very compelling. I appreciated the reporter letting them tell the story. Impactful piece on the Somali Bantu.”

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