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e first stories were published Dec. 11. Bryan Painter received top honors in the sports columns category for three columns published in June, July and September. Painter was also a repeat award recipient, winning the personal columns category with three columns published in January, April and December. Felicia Murray won first place in the page one deadline layout category, a design competition, for her work in April, June and December. Todd Pendleton's graphics and illustrations earned him first place in that category. Pendleton's winning designs appeared in The Oklahoman in February, September and November. Berry Tramel won first place in the sports feature category for his Feb. 28 story, "Everlasting Friends.” The Oklahoman's photographers took home four first-place awards. McDaniel's sweepstakes-winning photo, "Covered,” won the feature category. Matt Strasen garnered first place in the sports category for his March 2 photo, "The Dive.” The spot news category's top honor went to Jim Beckel for an April 30 photo titled "Get Down.” James Plumlee won the Web site photo category for his Aug. 19 photo, "Saved Pets.”
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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
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