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The Oklahoman and win first overall from Associated Press

The Oklahoman won first place in general excellence and won best website in the 2010 Associated Press/Oklahoma News Executives competition.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: April 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm •  Published: April 3, 2011

The Oklahoman won first place in general excellence and 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 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.

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Other winners

Investigative Reporting: Bryan Dean, John Estus and Paul Monies, third

Public Service Reporting: Vallery Brown, second

Business Spot News Reporting: Sonya Colberg, second

Spot News: Michael Kimball and Robert Medley, third

Spot Sports Reporting: Berry Tramel, second; Jenni Carlson, third

Feature: Sonya Colberg, second; Carla Hinton, third

Sports Feature: Darnell Mayberry, second; Bryan Painter, third

Sports Columns: John Rohde, third

Personal Columns: Don Mecoy, second; Richard Mize, third

Reviews: George Lang, second; Dave Cathey, third

Non-Page One Layout: William Bootz, second

Page One Deadline Layout: Caroline Duke, second; Felicia Murray, third

Headlines: Amy Raymond, second; Don Brown, third

Spot News Photo: Steve Gooch, third

Sports Photo: Nate Billings, third

General News Photo: John Clanton, second

Feature Photo: Chris Landsberger, second; Nate Billings, third

Photo Package: Sarah Phipps, second

Website Photo: Bryan Terry, second


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