The Kansas City Star has won six national awards in the 28th annual Society for Features Journalism Excellence in Features contest.
The Star was named Best Section in its circulation category of 90,000 to 199,000, and also garnered second place in Sweepstakes (based on total awards won). It is the first year the journalism organization has given sweepstakes awards.
Sam Mellinger won first place in Sports Feature for “Michael’s Pain,” about the CTE-related death of college football player Michael Keck.
Winning second place were former theater critic Robert Trussell in Arts & Entertainment Commentary Portfolio and Cindy Hoedel in Integrated Storytelling for “36 Hours of Mud, Grit and Glory,” a video and print package about the Dirty Kanza 200 bicycle race.
Laura Bauer was honored with third place in Features Series or Project for “Little Boy Lost,” a three-part series about a child who had been locked in an attic.