Times-Tribune Staff Report
The Times-Tribune placed third in General Excellence in the Kentucky Press Association 2012 Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers contest.
Contest results were announced Friday during a banquet at the Brown Hotel in Louisville.
The Times-Tribune won eight first place awards, one second place and five third place awards as well as five honorable mentions.
The general excellence awards are determined by points awarded for each first, second and third place won in the categories.
Former Times-Tribune reporter Charlotte Underwood won first place in the Best General News Picture category for a photo of state Rep. Regina Bunch taken at the funeral for her husband, former state representative Dewayne Bunch. The judge commented, “A nice moment. We often have to cover funerals but moments like this are rare and the photographer had to have positioned (herself) for the moment.”
Reporter Jeff Noble placed first for Best Ongoing/Extended Coverage Story for his coverage of the death of Dustin Napier, a local soldier. The judge commented, “The death of a young soldier impacts heavily in any community but especially so in small communities. This was an excellent handling of a very difficult story, but one that was likely very well-read and which promoted the healing process in the community mourning the loss of one of their own. Great job!”
Nighttime Editor Brad Hall placed first in the Best Headline category.
Community Editor Bobbie Poynter won first place in the Best Business/Agribusiness Page category, with the judge commenting that the pages were “very eye-appealing” and “comprehensive.” Poynter also won third place for Best Lifestyle Page with the judge’s comment that it had “great variety of content.”
Editor Becky Killian won first place in the Best Spot News Picture category for a photo of a fire at a Whitley County home that ran in the Oct. 31, 2011, edition of the Times-Tribune.
Times-Tribune Publisher Willie Sawyers won first place in the Best Column category and Killian placed second.
A March 29 story about a Knox County man who was arrested for having an explosive device at his home won an honorable mention for Best Spot News Coverage. The coverage, which included story and photos, was done by Charlotte Underwood and Becky Killian.
The Times-Tribune staff also won third place in the Best Front Page category. The page was designed by Hall.
In the sports categories, Sports Editor Les Dixon won third place and honorable mention for Best Sports Story; first and third place for Best Graphic; and an honorable mention in the Best Sports Column and Best Sports Special Section categories.
Dixon, along with former reporter Tim Branstetter, won first place in the Best Sports Picture Essay category.
The sports staff won third place in the Best Sports Page/Section category.
Sports reporter Chris Parsons won an honorable mention in the Best Sports Picture category.