Tulsa World sweeps Inland awards
Reporters Eger, Killman earn the Community Leadership Award
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.
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.