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The competition was for AP member newspapers in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas for the 2007 calendar year. The Oklahoman competed in Division A, the highest circulation division. Leading The Oklahoman's prize winners were Ken Raymond, whose work on Cold Case OKC took first place in the public service category, and David McDaniel, who won the competition's photo sweepstakes. Raymond published eight Cold Case OKC stories, which examined unsolved crimes in Oklahoma City, between July and December. McDaniel's July 10 photo "Covered” was shot at the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee. The entire staff of The Oklahoman was awarded for its work on Outlook, which focused on the Oklahoma Centennial. The project won first in the category for special centennial section. Heather Warlick received the first-place award in the best new journalist of the year category. Six stories in her portfolio from July through December were selected for her nomination package. Raymond also took home a first-place award in the features category for a story published Nov. 18 about horseback riding in the mountains near Taos, N.M. The Oklahoman's entire staff received a first-place award in the spot news category for coverage of the state's ice storm in December.
The Oklahoman takes 45 awards in contest
The Oklahoman won 14 first-place awards and 45 awards overall Saturday in the 2007 Carl Rogan Awards, sponsored by The Associated Press and Oklahoma News Executives.
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Other winners•Investigative reporting: third, Nolan Clay, Randy Ellis and Ryan McNeill; honorable mention, Tony Thornton •Business spot news: second, Steve Lackmeyer, Richard Mize, Adam Wilmoth, Don Mecoy, Ja'Rena Lunsford and Zachary Warmbrodt; third, Jack Money •Business feature: third, Mize •Spot news: second, Brian Sargent, Augie Frost and Josh Rabe; honorable mention, Ken Raymond •General news: second, Randy Ellis •Sports feature: second, Jenni Carlson •Non-page one layout: second, Renee Lawrence; third, Todd Pendleton •Page one deadline layout: second, Moran Elwell; honorable mention, Joan Cuccio •Headlines: second, Terry Groover; third, Robert Griffin; honorable mention, Barbara Schwartz Brus •Best new journalist of the year: honorable mention, John Estus and Wendy K. Kleinman •Feature: third, Ron Jackson •Web site: second, NewsOK.com •Sports photo: third, Sarah Phipps •Spot news photo: second, Steve Gooch; third, Bryan Terry •Photo package: second, Nate Billings •General news photo: third, Paul Hellstern; honorable mention, Jim Beckel •Feature photo: second, Jim Beckel; third, Bryan Terry •Web site photo: second, Jim Beckel; third, Bryan Terry