For the 22nd time in 23 years, The Kansas City Star was a top finisher in the Missouri Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.
The Star was named the Gold Cup newspaper for large daily newspapers at the association’s annual convention in Branson over the weekend.
The newspaper won 18 first-place awards in the contest.
The Star won first-place awards in the contest for front page, breaking news story, editorial pages, sports news story or package, news or feature special section, and local business coverage.
Other Star first-place winners: Laura Bauer for feature story; Judy L. Thomas, news or feature series; Sherry Kuehl, columnist-humorous; Dave Helling, columnist-serious; Sam Mellinger, sports columnist; Mike Hendricks and Mará Rose Williams, business story; Donald Bradley, stories about religion and military; Rick Montgomery, story about history; Neil Nakahodo and Jeff Patterson, page design; Bob Unell, editorial cartoon; Bauer, Tammy Ljungblad and Monty Davis, video.
Second-place awards: staff for general excellence; Thomas, Mark Morris and Dugan Arnett, breaking news story; Bradley, feature story; Ljungblad, feature photo; David Eulitt, sports feature photo; Joe Robertson, community service; staff for sports pages; Thomas, investigative reporting; staff for coverage of rural life or agriculture; Thomas, story about rural life or agriculture; Thomas, Morris and Arnett, story about religion; Bradley, story about the outdoors; Bradley, story about history; Barbara Hill-Meyer, page design; Nakahodo and Sarah Morris, information graphic; Eulitt, video; Jason Hancock, multi-media reporting; staff for magazine/alternative publication; staff for editorial.
Third-place awards: Eric Adler, feature story; Steve Kraske, columnist-serious; Shane Keyser, sports photo; Eulitt, sports feature photo; Vahe Gregorian, sports columnist; Montgomery, news or feature special section; Hancock and Kraske, investigative reporting; Mark Davis, business story; Hancock and Kraske, government coverage; Adler, story about religion; Robertson, story about history; Lee Judge, editorial cartoon.
Honorable mentions: staff for overall design; Jill Toyoshiba, news photo; Eulitt, feature photo; Eulitt, sports photo; Gregorian, Mellinger, Rustin Dodd, Kellis Robinett, Blair Kerkhoff and Chris Fickett, sports news story or package; Kris Knowles, page design; Greg Branson, information graphic; Judge, editorial cartoon; Robertson, news or feature obituary.