Matthew Keenan

Keenan awarded third place in Heart of America Journalism Awards, KC Star, Sunday, June 9

by on Jun.13, 2012, under Book Stuff, Kansas City Star columns

Kansas City Star and Ink magazine staff members won top honors in 10 categories as the Heart of America journalism awards were handed out Saturday night.

The contest, sponsored by the Kansas City Press Club, honors journalists at newspapers and radio and television stations in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. Longtime Star editor Darryl Levings was honored with the Joe McGuff Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dugan Arnett won two first place awards for his profile of Westboro Baptist Church heir apparent Megan Phelps-Roper. Other first-place awards in the newspaper division for daily circulation above 50,000 went to Christine Vendel, Donald Bradley and Joe Robertson for deadline reporting; Judy Thomas for beat reporting; Terez A. Paylor for sports writing; Cindy Hoedel and Lisa Gutierrez for magazine story; and Eric Winkler, Jesse Barker and Tim Engle for non-news column.

Second-place awards went to Judy L. Thomas and Laura Bauer for profile writing; Christine Vendel for beat reporting; and Cindy Hoedel for magazine story and for non-news column.

Third place winners were Judy L. Thomas, Glenn E. Rice and Mark Morris for deadline reporting; Tony Rizzo for general reporting; and Matthew Keenan for non-news column.

Honorable mention went to Cindy Hoedel for profile writing and Amanda Wilkins, Nicole Poell, Monty Davis, Tim Baxter and Todd Feeback for multimedia package.

Ink Magazine, also published by The Star, won six awards, including three first-place awards: Sarah Gish for profile writing and magazine story and Dugan Arnett for sports writing.

Second-place went to Arnett for sports writing and Sarah Gish for magazine story. Third place went to Terez A. Paylor for sports writing.

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