The Star wins first-place awards in Missouri journalism contest

The Star building is in downtown Kansas City.
The Star building is in downtown Kansas City.

The Kansas City Star won a number of first-place awards in the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors newswriting and photo competition, including a sweepstakes award.

Laura Bauer won the newswriting sweepstakes and first place in feature writing for her three-part series about the five-year recovery of a little boy rescued from his mother’s attic.

Judy L. Thomas won first place in the public interest/investigative category for a series pointing out federal law enforcement’s lack of focus on domestic terrorism. The federal government established an office to deal with domestic terrorism soon after the series ran.

Five reporters won third place in the same category for stories about the culture of sexual harassment at the state capitol. The stories, which led to the resignation of the Missouri House speaker and a state senator, were written by Jason Hancock, Steve Kraske, Dave Helling, Mará Rose Williams and Scott Canon.

Andy McCullough won first place in sports feature writing for a story about the 2014 Wild Card game that revived the Royals’ franchise.

In the same category, Sam Mellinger won second place for a story about Rex Hudler, and Vahe Gregorian won third place for a story about Jamaal Charles.

The Star’s sports staff won first place in spot sports coverage for stories about the Royals’ World Series win and second place for a basketball story.

In photo categories, Tammy Ljungblad won first place in feature photos and Shane Keyser won first place in sports photos. David Eulitt won third place in sports photos.

The Star competed in a division with newspapers of more than 50,000 circulation.