The competition was for AP member newspapers in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas for the 2007 calendar year. The Oklahoman
competed in Division A, the highest circulation division.
Leading The Oklahoman
's prize winners were Ken Raymond, whose work on Cold Case OKC took first place in the public service category, and David McDaniel, who won the competition's photo sweepstakes.
Raymond published eight Cold Case OKC stories, which examined unsolved crimes in Oklahoma City, between July and December. McDaniel's July 10 photo "Covered” was shot at the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee.
The entire staff of The Oklahoman
was awarded for its work on Outlook, which focused on the Oklahoma Centennial. The project won first in the category for special centennial section.
Heather Warlick received the first-place award in the best new journalist of the year category. Six stories in her portfolio from July through December were selected for her nomination package.
Raymond also took home a first-place award in the features category for a story published Nov. 18 about horseback riding in the mountains near Taos, N.M.
's entire staff received a first-place award in the spot news category for coverage of the state's ice storm in December.