DALLAS - The Oklahoman won three first place awards on Saturday in a contest featuring the southwest's largest newspapers.
Katie Awards were won by the newspaper's staff for its coverage of the fifth anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
Also winning were:
- Bobby Ross Jr. and Griff Palmer for a series titled "School of Choice" - a computer-assisted project looking at who benefits from school choice in Oklahoma;
- Bryan Painter for "Lazy E Roper Dies," about cowboy Colby Goodwin, who died from injuries suffered during the 1999 National Finals Steer Roping.
Several other Oklahoman staff writers were finalists :
- Tom Lindley, for his series of stories documenting the lingering health and environmental problems associated with the Tar Creek Superfund site;
- Diana Baldwin, Penny Owen, Randy Ellis and Robby Trammell, for their stories detailing alleged irregularities in Feed The Children, a large Oklahoma-based charity;
- Scott Cooper, for stories he wrote while working for the Tulsa World with Rod Walton covering Seth Trickey, a 13-year-old boy accused of shooting five fellow students at Fort Gibson Middle School.
This year's Katie Awards contest, sponsored by the Dallas Press Club, was open to all working journalists and public relations professionals in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Other Oklahoma winners:
- Wire Services: Feature Story, Kelly Kurt, The Associated Press, Oklahoma City, "Life's a Circus"
- Wire Services: Series, Kelly Kurt, Rochelle Hines, Thomas Mullen, and Danny M. Boyd, The Associated Press, Oklahoma City, "Oklahoma Bombing Memorial - Five Years Later;"
- Radio: Series, Kelly Burley, KOSU, "The Voices of Oklahoma."Archive ID: 828507