Tulsa World sweeps In­land awards

Re­porters Eger, Kill­man earn the Com­mu­nity Lead­er­ship Award

Tulsa World - - Front Page - FROM STAFF RE­PORTS

The Tulsa World last week was awarded the Com­mu­nity Lead­er­ship Award from the In­land Press As­so­ci­a­tion. The award was one of 18 awards earned by the com­pany's news team at the joint con­fer­ence of South­ern News­pa­per Pub­lish­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and In­land Press in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The In­land Press As­so­ci­a­tion, based in Des Plaines, Illi­nois, has worked with news­pa­pers, dig­i­tal me­dia and me­dia com­pa­nies for more than 130 years and main­tains more than 1,000 mem­bers.

“It's hard to ex­press how truly im­pressed I am with the Tulsa World news team. They are se­cond to none when it comes to news that mat­ters,” said Bill Master­son Jr., pres­i­dent and pub­lisher of Tulsa World Me­dia Co.

“Tulsa and Ok­la­homa are bet­ter to­day be­cause of the tremen­dous jour­nal­ism that brings to light in­jus­tices and in­spir­ing sto­ries alike. Those sto­ries would not have been told if it wasn't for this team.”

Re­porters An­drea Eger and Cur­tis Kill­man were hon­ored with the Com­mu­nity Lead­er­ship Award for their work on a se­ries of sto­ries fo­cus­ing on the ne­glect of pa­tients at a state-run vet­er­ans hos­pi­tal in Tal­i­hina.

The se­ries re­vealed that, at worst, vet­er­ans had died from mag­got-in­fested wounds or choked to death on a used plas­tic bag while, at best, they were be­ing left unat­tended with lit­tle su­per­vi­sion or care.

The se­ries of ar­ti­cles, strength­ened by pho­tos and videos by pho­to­jour­nal­ist Mike Si­mons, also re­ceived first place in In­ves­tiga­tive Re­port­ing. World re­porters Corey Jones and Kill­man also re­ceived se­cond- and third-place awards in the in­ves­tiga­tive cat­e­gory for their data-driven work on oil­field in­jec­tion wells and an anal­y­sis of whether race is a fac­tor in ar­rests.

Ed­i­to­rial Pages Ed­i­tor Wayne Greene was hon­ored with a first-place award for Ed­i­to­rial Ex­cel­lence for a body of work. Ear­lier this year, Greene was named the “Con­science of the Com­mu­nity” by the Tulsa Re­gional Cham­ber of Com­merce.

In the cat­e­gory of Ex­plana­tory Re­port­ing, Tim Stan­ley re­ceived a first­place award for his six-part se­ries mark­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of the Girl Scout mur­ders. Stan­ley's se­ries was noted for its sen­si­tive re­mem­brance of the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies. The pre­sen­ta­tion of Stan­ley's work earned the World a third-place award for front-page de­sign.

Also in the Ex­plana­tory cat­e­gory, Bill Sher­man, the World's Faith & Val­ues writer, was rec­og­nized with a se­cond-place award for his look at the prac­tice of im­mi­grants ob­tain­ing dual cit­i­zen­ship for their chil­dren, “Plan­ning amid fear.”

Re­porter Jim­mie Tramel's touch­ing por­trait of a young Lo­cust Grove girl who cared for and showed her boyfriend's prize hog after his death, cap­tured first place in the cat­e­gory of Per­son­al­ity Pro­file. Out­doors writer Kelly Bos­tian re­ceived a se­cond-place award in the cat­e­gory for his por­trait of a noodling fam­ily, “Muddy wa­ter bonds.” Gin­nie Gra­ham and Cur­tis Kill­man teamed for third place with their por­trait of two women, both moth­ers, serv­ing life with­out pa­role sen­tences on drug con­vic­tions, “Liv­ing death.”

In Pho­tog­ra­phy, Ian Maule won the South­ern News­pa­per As­so­ci­a­tion's Grand Prize award for his por­trait of a tor­nado sur­vivor qui­etly sit­ting in his re­cliner while he sur­veys the re­mains of his home. The photo also earned Maule a first-place award in SNPA's spot news cat­e­gory.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Jessie War­darski earned two first-place awards in the Por­trait and Pic­ture Story cat­e­gories.

In the photo News cat­e­gory, Mike Si­mons re­ceived a se­cond place award and Maule placed third. Si­mons also re­ceived a third place in the Fea­ture cat­e­gory. Photo Ed­i­tor John Clan­ton also placed se­cond in two cat­e­gories, Sports and Fea­ture/Entertainment.

IAN MAULE/Tulsa World file

Tulsa World pho­tog­ra­pher Ian Maule won the South­ern News­pa­per As­so­ci­a­tion's Grand Prize award for his por­trait of tor­nado sur­vivor Bob McKee of Owasso, qui­etly sit­ting in his chair while he sur­veys storm dam­age on May 11.














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