The Oklahoman reporters, photographers win top honors
34 awards were given for published works at banquet on Saturday.

Oklahoman Published: February 18, 2007
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ris 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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