Kansas City Star writers won top honors in 12 categories, including investigative reporting, as the Heart of America journalism awards were handed out Saturday.
The contest sponsored by the Kansas City Press Club honors print and broadcast journalists working in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. The awards luncheon was held at the Grand Street Cafe.
The Star won the newspaper of the year title based on points earned in the competition. Star police reporter Christine Vendel was named journalist of the year and also won the investigative reporting category for her two-day series, “Many Bullets, Little Blame,” on non-fatal shootings going unprosecuted in Kansas City.
Cindy Hoedel received top honors in the feature, profile and news column categories and also won the entertainment reporting category in a team entry with Jim Barcus.
Other Star gold winners in the daily newspaper over 50,000 circulation category were Judy Thomas for business reporting, Edward Eveld for magazine story, Mike McGraw for public service project, Steve Everly for beat reporting, Sarah Nessel for non-news column/blog, and the Star staff for deadline reporting.
Star staffers capturing silver awards were Hoedel for magazine story, Barbara Shelly for news column/blog, Yael Abouhalkah for editorial/commentary, Rich Sugg for sports photojournalism, Laura Bauer in general reporting, and Mark Morris and Brian Burnes in feature.
Staffers earning bronze awards were Keith Myers for breaking news photojournalism, and Eveld for profile writing and business reporting.
In the non-daily category, Sarah Gish of Ink won the profile category and earned silver in the feature category.