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.
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