TULSA — Reporters and photographers for The Oklahoman won 34 awards Saturday during an awards banquet sponsored by the Oklahoma Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Awards were given for work in newspapers, television, radio, magazines, Web sites and public relations. Work was published between July 2005 and June 2006, and winners were chosen from more than 1,100 entries judged by journalists from SPJ chapters in other states. The Oklahoman's partner, KWTV NEWS 9, won six awards. Retired Tulsa World sports editor Phil Parrish won SPJ's Lifetime Achievement Award. A University of Tulsa graduate, Parrish became editor of the Tulsa County News before graduating from college, later working for the Lawton Morning Press and The Norman Transcript before joining the Tulsa World. He retired in 2002 after winning numerous sports writing awards. The Oklahoma Ethics Commission won the First Amendment Award for the group's work in requiring elected officials receiving more than $20,000 in campaign contributions to report those payments electronically. Bartlesville High School publications adviser Darla Tresner received the Journalism Teacher of the Year award. Since 1981, she has worked with student journalists, earning numerous awards including the 1995 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association and the 1992 Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Distinguished Adviser award.
AwardsOklahoman staffers won first, second, third and honorable mention prizes for reporting and photography in Division A for newspapers with circulations of 18,000 and higher. The Oklahoman also won second place for Best Newspaper. Best newspaper reporting portfolio: Ken Raymond won first place for a series of stories including one about an expert witness in the Susan Hamilton murder trial. Judy Gibbs Robinson won third for a group of stories, including one about a gay man's battle for an inheritance from his late partner. Photographic portfolio: John Clanton won first place, Bryan Terry won second place and Chris Landsberger won an honorable mention. The portfolio category represents a body of work over a given year. Investigative/individual reporting: Bryan Dean won third place for a story about Oklahoma City police chases. Team investigative reporting: Ann Weaver, Nolan Clay and Randy Ellis won second place for their coverage of the death of Kelsey Smith Briggs. In-depth enterprise reporting by an individual: Penny Cockerell won second place for a series on a child abuse victim who became a foster mother to her siblings. Ron Jackson won third place for his series on Caitlin Wooten, an Ada girl who was kidnapped and killed by her mother's ex-boyfriend. In-depth enterprise reporting by a team: Staff members won first place for coverage of the General Motors plant closure. Second place was awarded to staff members for coverage of the Jamie Rose Bolin slaying. Staff members won third place for coverage of Oklahoma State University basketball coach Eddie Sutton's car crash. Political/governmental reporting: Randy Ellis won first place for a story about a tax law loophole costing the state millions in tax credits. Bryan Dean and John David Sutter won third place for a story about a campaign probe involving Oklahoma County Commissioner Brent Rinehart and his campaign manager Tim Pope. Chris Casteel won honorable mention for reporting on former U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook and his relationships with lobbyists. Spot news: Mark Hutchison, Jesse Olivarez, Ron Jackson, Penny Cockerell, Ken Raymond, Tim Henley and John David Sutter won first place for coverage of wildfires in Oklahoma. Ken Raymond and Nolan Clay won an honorable mention for stories about the death of Oklahoma City police officer Jonathan Dragus. Feature writing: John David Sutter won second place for his story about tattooing. General news reporting: Ken Raymond won honorable mention for his story on former Hornets basketball player Chris "Birdman” Andersen. Special projects: Oklahoman staff members won second place for a special section about the Oklahoma History Center grand opening. Criminal justice reporting: Nolan Clay and John Greiner won first place for a series about Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Steve Lile. Health reporting: Ken Raymond and Jim Killackey won first place for a series on prescription drug abuse. Killackey also won an honorable mention for a story about pill splitting. Business reporting: Paul Monies won first place for his series on business in the state's four corners. Don Mecoy won second place for stories about bankruptcy. Business feature: Steve Lackmeyer won first place for a story on the Hornets basketball franchise and its affect on Oklahoma City. Arts criticism: Gene Triplett won an honorable mention for a package of reviews, including one on the film "A History of Violence.” Sports reporting: Bryan Painter won second place for a story on Haskell bull rider Melissa Phillips. Sports feature: Berry Tramel won second place for a story on former University of Oklahoma football player Louis Oubre. Sports column: Jenni Carlson won second place for a column about the Shawnee High School quarterback scandal. Berry Tramel won third for a column about Eddie Sutton. Editorial writing: J.E. McReynolds won third place. Feature page layout: Renee Lawrence won first place for a layout of a story about a Ballet Oklahoma production. Headlines: Amy Raymond won second place for a series of news story headlines. Mike Koehler won first place for a series of feature story headlines. Oklahoman staffer John Estus won a third place investigative/individual reporting award in Division B for a story he wrote while working for The Daily O'Collegian at Oklahoma State University. Oklahoman photographers took 11 other awards during the contest. Feature photography: Bryan Terry, first place for a photo of children playing in a water fountain. Sports photography: Bryan Terry, third place for a wrestling photo. Bill Waugh won honorable mention for a football photo. General photography: Steve Sisney won third for a photo of a child with the Easter Bunny. John Clanton won honorable mention for a photo of a girl's reaction to her father's deployment. Photo story/essay: Oklahoman photographers won first place for coverage of Oklahoma wildfires. Spot news: Chris Landsberger won first place and Bryan Terry won third place for photos related to the Oklahoma wildfires. Jim Beckel won honorable mention for a picture of a woman whose car was stuck in wet cement. The Oklahoman's partner KWTV NEWS 9 won six awards for television reporting. General News Reporting: third, Kelly Ogle and Greg Blackwood; honorable mention, Amy Lester and Greg Blackwood. Spot News: third, KWTV NEWS 9 staff; honorable mention, Kelly Ogle, Dave Jordan, Charles Bassett and Matthew Wells. Feature: third, Amy Lester and Darrin Johnson; honorable mention, Amy Lester and Darrin Johnson.
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