The Oklahoman won first place in general excellence, and NewsOK.com won best website in the 2012 Associated Press/Oklahoma News Executives competition, officials announced Saturday.
“Of course it's great to be honored by our peers, but the true winners are our readers. Our goal each day is to deliver an award-winning product to our subscribers,” said Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman and vice president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group.
The Oklahoman competed in Division A, which includes the state's largest newspapers in terms of circulation.
The sweepstakes awards, reserved for entries judged the best overall in their respective divisions, went to Ken Raymond for “Translator in Iraq,” the story of Ahmed Abdullah, a native Iraqi who emigrated to the U.S. after harrowing years spent as a translator for coalition forces. He and his family live in Lawton but are not yet American citizens.
The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com won eight individual first-place honors and numerous individual awards.
The contest covered the 2012 calendar year:
Feature — Ken Raymond, Translator in Iraq
Sports Feature — Jenni Carlson, It's about Becky
Sports Columns — Berry Tramel
Personal Columns — Bryan Painter
Sports photo — Bryan Terry, Rodeo ride
Feature photo — Steve Gooch, Giraffe
Photo package — Sarah Phipps, Wildfires
Website package — Sarah Phipps, Color run
Investigative Reporting: Carrie Coppernoll, Megan Rolland, Randy Ellis, second
Public Service Reporting: Megan Rolland, Phillip O'Connor, second; Jaclyn Cosgrove, Andrew Knittle, Jennifer Palmer, Tim Willert, third
Business Spot News Reporting: Jay Marks, second
Business Feature: Adam Wilmoth, second; Steve Lackmeyer, third
Spot News: Matt Dinger, third
General News: Jay Marks, Adam Wilmoth, Paul Monies, third
Sports Feature: Jason Kersey, second; Gina Mizell, third
Sports Columns: Jenni Carlson, third
Editorials: Ray Carter, third
Reviews: George Lang, third
Non-page one layout: Todd Pendleton, third
Page one deadline layout: Caroline Duke, third
Headlines: Pat Gilliland, second
Spot News Photo: Bryan Terry, second; Jim Beckel, third
General news photo: Sarah Phipps, third
Photo package: Sarah Phipps, third
Website photo: Bryan Terry, second; Sarah Phipps, third