The Oklahoman won first place in general excellence and NewsOK.com won best website in the 2010 Associated Press/Oklahoma News Executives competition Saturday in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoman competed in Division A, which includes the state's largest newspapers in terms of circulation.
The sweepstakes awards, reserved for the entries judged the best overall in their respective divisions, went to The Oklahoman's Sonya Colberg, Paul Monies, Vallery Brown, and Ann Kelley and the Tulsa World's Ginnie Graham, Gavin Off and Michael Overall for their collaborative effort on an investigation of Oklahoma's group homes.
The Oklahoman's John Clanton won the photo sweepstakes award for the large newspaper division with his “Tornado Damage” photos.
The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com won 21 individual first-place honors and 48 total individual awards.
Eight staff members won multiple first-place awards. They are staff writers Colberg, Monies, Brown, John Estus and Robert Medley and photographers Clanton, Sarah Phipps and Chris Landsberger.
“Being recognized by our industry peers is a proud moment for all of us,” said Kelly Dyer Fry, vice president of the News and Information Center for OPUBCO Communications Group.
“We work every day to bring quality news to our readers. These awards tell us job well done.”
The contest attracted 700 entries from Oklahoma newspapers that are members of The Associated Press.
The contest covered the 2010 calendar year.
First place winners
Michael Baker, Vallery Brown, John Estus and Paul Monies — Public Service Reporting: Baker, Brown, Estus and Monies won for their work detailing candidates' background checks in Oklahoma elections.
Megan Rolland — Best New Journalist: Rolland is an education reporter. Her work in 2010 included school closings, teacher cuts, a student overcoming the odds and more.
Ron Jackson, Robert Medley and Randy Ellis — General News: Jackson, Medley and Ellis won for a series of stories about the discovery of the body of Aja Johnson, 7, killed by her stepfather Lester Hobbs and subsequent reports detailing her death.
Todd Pendleton — Graphics and Illustrations: Pendleton won for a graphic detailing the Oklahoma state Capitol floor by floor and for an illustration of potential Oscar winners.
John Clanton — Spot News Photo, Sports: Clanton won for photos of tornado damage, a coach and a quarterback.
Sarah Phipps — General News Photo, Feature: Phipps won for photos from the Fourth of July and prison church.
Chris Landsberger — Website Photo, Photo Package: Landsberger won for a photo on pregame rituals and for photos of Catherine Titus and her dogs.
Robert Medley and Michael Baker— Spot News: Medley and Baker won for their reporting on a house fire that killed four children and two women in Weleetka.
Carrie Coppernoll — Personal Columns: Coppernoll won for her columns on Oklahoma's first bacon festival and the first year of parenthood.
Sonya Colberg — Business Spot News Reporting: Colberg won for her work about an insurance company denying claims for a teen's cancer treatment.
Matt Clayton — Non-Page One Layout: Clayton won for his layouts “It's better to receive,” “Outside the box” and “Masterpiece.”
Christy Watson — Editorials: Watson won for several editorials about State Question 744 and education funding.
Tom Maupin — Headlines: Maupin won for the following headlines: “The skies of Texas are upon us;” “Writer decides its time to get a narrower view of life,” about a reporter's project to lose weight; and “Does work get in way of your e-fun times?”
Berry Tramel — Sports Columns: Tramel won for columns about saluting the Greatest Generation of Oklahoma Sooners, University of Oklahoma's football coach Bob Stoops sticking to his guns, and football fans ending the national anthem with “Sooners” instead of “the brave.”