The Oklahoman won 12 first-place awards and 39 awards overall Saturday in the 2006 Carl Rogan awards sponsored by The Associated Press/Oklahoma News Executives. The competition was for AP member newspapers in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas for the 2006 calendar year. The Oklahoman competed in the highest circulation division, Division A. Three first-place awards went to Oklahoman photographers. Bryan Terry, Chris Landsberger, John Clanton, Michael Downes, Steve Gooch, Bill Waugh and David McDaniel won for their photo package of wildfires that struck the state in the winter of 2006. Terry also won a first-place award for his Web site photos published June 10 of a women's football team. Landsberger won first-place honors for his Oct. 29 photograph of University of Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables reacting to an OU interception. Tony Thornton won first place in investigative reporting for his June 18 stories on legislative earmarks that were investigated by the FBI. The Oklahoman's Business staff won first place in business spot news for its June 24 coverage of the merger between Kerr-McGee and Anadarko Petroleum. The Oklahoman's Sports staff won first place in spot sports news for its Aug. 3 coverage of the dismissal of former OU quarterback Rhett Bomar. Jenni Carlson won first place in sports feature writing for her Jan. 25 story, "61 More Reasons to Love Chris Paul.” Bryan Painter won first place in personal columns for columns published July 9, Aug. 24 and Sept. 28. Steve Lackmeyer won first place in reviews for reviews published Jan. 13, April 7 and June 2. Matt Clayton won first place on non-page one layout for pages published Aug. 27, Oct. 29 and Dec. 17. Moran Elwell took first-place honors in headline writing for headlines she wrote on Jan. 15, Feb. 4 and May 18. The NewsOK.com staff also took top honors, winning first place for its Web site.
•General news: third, John Clanton, for his March 25 photo of a deployment ceremony; honorable mention, David McDaniel, for his May 23, photo of a soldier's funeral.
• Feature: second, John Clanton, for his May 13 photo of a mother and daughter at a gay prom; third, Bryan Terry, for his Aug. 3 photo of a boy playing at a swimming pool; honorable mention, Nate Billings, for his June 3 photo of youth playing basketball at night.
Other Oklahoman winners•General excellence: second, The Oklahoman. •Investigative reporting: third, Ann Weaver, Randy Ellis and Nolan Clay, for a three-part series on the Kelsey Briggs case published Jan. 8-10. •Public service: third, Oklahoman staff, Healthy Lifestyles special section. •Business sport reporting: second, Paul Monies, Jim Stafford and Tami Althoff, MG plant announcement, July 12, 12 and 15. •Business feature: second, Paul Monies, for his series on business in the state's four corners, Jan. 15, 22 and 29 and Feb. 5. •Spot news: second, Oklahoman staff, for stories on Oklahoma's wildfires, Jan. 1-6; third, Ron Jackson and Chad Previch, for their story on a fire which killed seven people, July 21. •General news: second, John David Sutter, for his stories about the people living in the Tar Creek area, Aug. 2, Oct. 15 and Nov. 2. •Feature writing: third, Bryan Dean, for his story about a woman's quest to bring home the remains of her father, who died in World War II, Oct. 29. •Sports feature: honorable mention, Blake Jackson, for his feature about a gay rodeo competitor, May 27. •Sports column: honorable mention, Jenni Carlson, for columns written Feb. 17, May 1 and July 19. •Personal column: third, Steve Lackmeyer, for columns written June 20, Aug. 29 and Dec. 26. •Reviews: second, George Lang, for reviews published Feb. 24, April 28 and Nov. 3. •Non-Page 1layout: honorable mention, Jennifer Armstrong, for pages published Sept. 24 and Nov. 27. •Page 1 layout: third, Joan Cuccio, for pages published Jan. 23, May 29 and July 30; honorable mention, Amy Raymond, for a page published Nov. 8. •Graphic/illustration: second, Felicia Murray, for a graphic published Aug. 2; honorable mention, Chris Schoelen, for graphics published April 4, July 6 and July 25.
Photography awards•Spot news: second, Steve Sisney, for his March 11 photo of a tractor-trailer accident; honorable mention, John Clanton, for his Jan. 3 photo of the aftermath of a wildfire; honorable mention, Michael Downes, for his July 17 photo of a police standoff; honorable mention, Chris Landsberger, for his Aug. 30 photo of a horse being rescued.
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