- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoman, the Enid News & Eagle and The Journal Record at Oklahoma City won the general excellence awards from the Associated Press-Oklahoma News Executives group for work in 2015. The awards were announced Saturday night in Tulsa.

The competition among the state’s daily newspapers was judged by AP-member newspapers in Arkansas, Louisiana and Florida.

The entire list of winners:

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Larger newspapers

Business Feature_1, John Ingle, Torin Halsey, Orlando Flores Jr., Wichita Falls Times Record News, Downtown in Texas. 2, Michael Overall, Tulsa World, Osage oil bust. 3, Adam Wilmoth, The Oklahoman, Reading the rock: Scientists are trying to quickly answer Oklahoma geological questions.

Business Spot News Reporting_1, Adam Wilmoth, The Oklahoman, Governor cites ‘direct correlation’ between disposal wells, earthquakes. 2, Brianna Bailey, The Oklahoman, Churches Chicken saga. 3, Robert Evatt, Tulsa World, Walmart closing. HM, Steve Lackmeyer, Brianna Bailey, The Oklahoman, First National Center woes.

Editorials_1, David Hale, The Lawton Constitution, Subcommittee?; Never ending; State. 2, Ray Carter, The Oklahoman. 3, Wayne Greene, Tulsa World.

Feature_1, Jaclyn Cosgrove, The Oklahoman, Costello family tragedy. 2, Silas Allen, Darla Slipke, Juliana Keeping, The Oklahoman, The Intersection. 3, Juliana Keeping, The Oklahoman, Saving the last dance. HM, Jimmie Tramel, Tulsa World, Newspaper carrier never missed a day in 40 years.

Feature Photo_1, Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman, bees. 2, Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman, Slippery. 3, Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman, Rainy Fair. HM, Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman, color.

General News Photo_1, Ian Maule, Tulsa World, Veterans Day protester. 2, Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman, Memorial. 3, Nate Billings, The Oklahoman, Memorial. HM, James Gibbard, Tulsa World, Officer’s Funeral.

General News Reporting_1, Randy Krehbiel, Ginnie Graham, Tulsa World, Red State. 2, John Ingle, Wichita Falls Times Record News, BLM fight. 3, Corey Jones, Tulsa World, Earthquake coverage. HM, Adam Kemp, Kyle Schwab, The Oklahoman, SAE Fraternity scandal.

Graphics/Illustrations_1, Todd Pendleton, The Oklahoman. 2, Jason Powers, Tulsa World. 3, Steve Reckinger, Tulsa World.

Headlines_1, Felicia Murray, The Oklahoman. 2, Amy Raymond, The Oklahoman, Amy Raymond - Headlines. 3, Sara Stephenson, Tulsa World.

Investigative Reporting_1, Corey Jones, Tulsa World, Robert Bates coverage. 2, Lana Sweeten-Shults, John Ingle, Christopher Collins, Claire Kowalick, Wichita Falls Times Record News, Dirty Schools. 3, Nolan Clay, Rick M. Green, The Oklahoman, Embattled Senator.

Non-page one layout_1, James Royal, Tulsa World. 2, Ebony Iman Dallas, The Oklahoman. 3, Katie McInerney, Tulsa World. HM, Vanessa Pearson, Tulsa World.

Page one deadline layout_1, Caroline Wertz, The Oklahoman. 2, James Royal, Tulsa World. 3, Felicia Murray, The Oklahoman. HM, Vanessa Pearson, Tulsa World.

Personal Columns_1, Ken Raymond, The Oklahoman, Ken Raymond - Purely Subjective. 2, Jimmie Tramel, Tulsa World. 3, Ginnie Graham, Tulsa World. HM, Michael Overall, Tulsa World.

Photo Package_1, Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman, muddy rodeo. 2, Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman, Last Dance. 3, Mike Simons, Tulsa World, Battling Parkinson’s disease. HM, Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman, street cleaner.

Public Service Reporting_1, Tim Stanley, Tulsa World, Serving our country: World War II veterans remember. 2, Darla Slipke, The Oklahoman, 20 years after Oklahoma City bombing, time hasn’t healed all wounds. 3, Staff, Wichita Falls Times Record News, Imagine Wichita Falls. HM, Corey Jones, Tulsa World, Suicide survivors.

Reviews_1, Michael Smith, Tulsa World, Michael Smith reviews. 2, Scott Cherry, Tulsa World, Scott Cherry reviews. 3, Stephen Robertson, The Lawton Constitution, Cheetos toting reviewer give high praise to ‘Prairie Dog Barbershop’. HM, Jerry Wofford, Tulsa World.

Sports Columns_1, Jenni Carlson, The Oklahoman. 2, Zach Duncan, Wichita Falls Times Record News. 3, John Klein, Tulsa World. HM, Jonathan Hull, Wichita Falls Times Record News, Leading trio.

Sports Feature_1, Jason Kersey, The Oklahoman, How OU pole vaulter Tanner Williams went from scared teenager to fearless gay rights advocate. 2, Tyler Palmateer, The Lawton Constitution, Knight brothers find light through darkness. 3, John Hoover, Tulsa World, Mason and Jason.

Sports Photo_1, Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman, hang one. 2, Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman, dunk. 3, Ian Maule, Tulsa World, End of the season. HM, Nate Billings, The Oklahoman, muddy.

Spot News Photo_1, Tom Gilbert, Tulsa World, Police shooter. 2, Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman, tornado. 3, Torin Halsey, Wichita Falls Times Record News, Water rescue. HM, Nate Billings, The Oklahoman, Fire ice.

Spot News Reporting_1, Kendrick Marshall, Corey Jones, Ginnie Graham, Tulsa World, Brothers arrested in killings. 2, Bill Haisten, John Klein, Andrea Eger, Mark Cooper, Paighten Harkins, Tulsa World, OSU Homecoming. 3, Adam Kemp, The Oklahoman, OU President Boren, students rally on campus in protest of alleged school fraternity racist video. HM, Staff, Wichita Falls Times Record News, May flooding.

Spot Sports Reporting_1, Jason Kersey, The Oklahoman, Eric Striker can’t stay silent any longer. 2, Jacob Unruh, The Oklahoman, Lawton football player allowed to play despite charges. 3, John Hoover, Tulsa World, A state record fell, and then something special happened Friday night in Locust Grove. HM, Jonathan Hull, Wichita Falls Times Record News, Cherry lifts Raiders to emotional win.

Website_1, NewsOK.com, The Oklahoman, NewsOK.com/The Oklahoman. 2, Staff, Tulsa World, tulsaworld.com. 3, Spencer Williams, Denise Nelson, Orlando Flores Jr., Wichita Falls Times Record News, timesrecordnews.com.

Website Photo_1, Nate Billings, The Oklahoman, Champs. 2, Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman, Champs. 3, Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman, Hoops. HM, Nate Billings, The Oklahoman, Gametime.

General Excellence_1, The Oklahoman. 2, Tulsa World. 3, The Lawton Constitution.

Photo Sweepstakes_Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman, Muddy Rodeo.

Writing Sweepstakes_Tim Stanley, Tulsa World.

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Medium-sized newspapers:

Business Feature_1, Michelle Charles, Stillwater News Press, Michelle Charles. 2, Parker Perry, McAlester News-Capital, Poor Boys eatery to reopen after tragedy.

Business Spot News Reporting -1, Jessica Miller, Enid News & Eagle, Deadline passes. 2, Michelle Charles, Stillwater News Press.

Editorials_1, Kim Benedict, The Ardmoreite, HB 1361 not in the best interest of the citizens. 2, Transcript Editorial Board, The Norman Transcript. 3, Beau Simmons, Stillwater News Press.

Feature_1, Jessica Miller, Enid News & Eagle, Adjusting to new sounds; ‘It happened so fast’; Texting while driving hits home. 2, Jeff Mullin, Enid News & Eagle, Vance’s four-legged airmen. 3, James Beaty, McAlester News-Capital, Legendary Recording Engineer Remembered. HM, Michelle Charles, Stillwater News Press.

Feature Photo_1, Bonnie Vculek, Enid News & Eagle, Independence Day 2015. 2, Billy Hefton, Enid News & Eagle, It’s not Garfield County, it’s Bermuda County. 3, Billy Hefton, Enid News & Eagle, Pumpkin Patch drawing.

General News Photo_1, David Bitton, Stillwater News Press, David Bitton. 2, Kyle Phillips, The Norman Transcript. 3, Bonnie Vculek, Enid News & Eagle, Gathering the Guard. HM, Billy Hefton, Enid News & Eagle, Kayla is stable, staying strong.

General News Reporting_1, DeWayne Smoot, Muskogee Daily Phoenix, Upstream pollution triggers catfish egg phenomenon. 2, DeWayne Smoot, Muskogee Daily Phoenix, Fish kill total grows into thousands. 3, David Dishman, McAlester News-Capital, Bed bugs found at federally subsidized rental property.

Headlines_1, Beau Simmons, Stillwater News Press. 2, Robby Short, The Norman Transcript, Robby Short. 3, Alex Ewald, Enid News & Eagle, Red, white app blue; Red River Read-off.

Investigative Reporting_1, James Beaty, David Dishman, Glenn Puit, McAlester News-Capital, Misuse of public money at McAlester Public Schools. 2, DeWayne Smoot, Muskogee Daily Phoenix, Brown bills city for colleague’s assistance. 3, Joy Hampton, The Norman Transcript, Women in prison.

Non-page one layout_1, Joe Malan, Enid News & Eagle. 2, Robby Short, The Norman Transcript. 3, Scott Joiner, Micah McVicker, The Ardmoreite, All-Ardmoreite. HM, Alex Ewald, Enid News & Eagle.

Page one deadline layout_1, John Snyder, The Norman Transcript. 2, Robby Short, The Norman Transcript. 3, Tina Bridenstine, The Shawnee News-Star. HM, David Christy, Enid News & Eagle.

Personal Columns_1, Mack Burke, The Norman Transcript. 2, Jeff Mullin, Enid News & Eagle. 3, Clay Horning, The Norman Transcript.

Photo Package_1, David Bitton, Michelle Charles, Timothy Cole, Stillwater News Press, OSU Homecoming Incident. 2, Bonnie Vculek, Enid News & Eagle, An Enid Fourth of July/Independence Day 2015. 3, Billy Hefton, Enid News & Eagle, Outgunned.

Public Service Reporting_1, Jessica Miller, Sally Asher, Emily Summars, Enid News & Eagle, Earthquake coverage. 2, Michelle Charles, Stillwater News Press, Michelle Charles. 3, Joy Hampton, Caleb Slinkard, The Norman Transcript, Norman Forward.

Sports Columns_1, Dave Ruthenberg, Enid News & Eagle, Remembering Barry, Nash with a smile. 2, Jason Elmquist, Stillwater News Press. 3, Mike Kays, Muskogee Daily Phoenix, Receiver becomes matinee idol; Silver lining for Haskell; No harm, no foul, no jihad. HM, Clay Horning, The Norman Transcript.

Sports Feature_1, Mike Kays, Muskogee Daily Phoenix, Nothing for granted: Wagoner head coach, family share deeper Father’s Day perspective. 2, Kieran Steckley, Stillwater News Press, Walk-on program boosting Cowboy success. 3, Dave Ruthenberg, Enid News & Eagle, Let us (not) pray? HM, John Shinn, The Norman Transcript.

Sports Photo_1, Bonnie Vculek, Enid News & Eagle, Close to going home? 2, Kyle Phillips, The Norman Transcript. 3, Billy Hefton, Enid News & Eagle, Errors prove costly. HM, Ed Blochowiak, The Shawnee News-Star, IFYR: Saddle bronc rider takes flight.

Spot News Photo_1, David Bitton, Stillwater News Press, David Bitton. 2, Bonnie Vculek, Enid News & Eagle, Bales blaze. 3, Bonnie Vculek, Enid News & Eagle, Still at large.

Spot News Reporting_1, Michelle Charles, Stillwater News Press. 2, David Bitton, Stillwater News Press. 3, Harrison Grimwood, Muskogee Daily Phoenix, Harrison Grimwood spot news. HM, Kim Morava, The Shawnee News-Star, Human remains found: Discovery may solve Shawnee woman’s disappearance.

Spot Sports Reporting_1, Clay Horning, The Norman Transcript, Clay Horning - Right on Time. 2, John Shinn, The Norman Transcript. 3, Kieran Steckley, Stillwater News Press, Parade tragedy changes perspective.

General Excellence_1, Staff, Enid News & Eagle. 2, Amy Johns, Glenn Puit, McAlester News-Capital. 3, Staff, Stillwater News Press, News Press Staff. HM, The Shawnee News-Star, The Shawnee News-Star.

Photo Sweepstakes_David Bitton, Stillwater News Press.

Writing Sweepstakes_Jessica Miller, Sally Asher, Emily Summars, Enid News & Eagle.

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Smaller newspapers:

Business Feature_1, Dale Denwalt, The Journal Record, Deco Bistro. 2, Sharon Beuchaw, The Journal Record, Otwell’s Takes Stock. 3, Molly M. Fleming, The Journal Record, Smart Cookies.

Business Spot News Reporting_1, Dale Denwalt, The Journal Record, Obama’s Visit. 2, Josh Newton, Tahlequah Daily Press, Tourism investigation. 3, Sarah Terry-Cobo, The Journal Record, McClendon Vows to Fight Lawsuit.

Editorials_1, Kim Poindexter, Tahlequah Daily Press, SB 1361 would seal lid; Legal or not, street crews; Ordinance process worked. 2, Adam Brooks, The Journal Record, Cops in schools / What we saw / Legislating prejudice. 3, Ted Streuli, The Journal Record, Is this what Fallin wanted?/Brigdon bears false witness/An unhappy ending.

Feature_1, Carl Lewis, Ada Evening News, The road to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and beyond. 2, Brian Brus, The Journal Record, It’s a Living: Doll restorer. 3, Robin Hohweiler, Woodward News, Ghost stories: Buildings in the 800 block of Main continue to provide haunting moments. HM, Kaelynn Knoernschild, The Journal Record, Ricochet.

Feature Photo_1, Josh Newton, Tahlequah Daily Press, flag photo. 2, Richard Barron, Ada Evening News, Rosie the Riveter at Ada Early Childhood Center. 3, Brent Fuchs, The Journal Record, Saurkraut. HM, Brent Fuchs, The Journal Record, Look Out.

General News Photo -1, Brent Fuchs, The Journal Record, On the Phone. 2, Josh Newton, Tahlequah Daily Press, highway overview. 3, Brent Fuchs, The Journal Record, Red Earth. HM, Rip Stell, The Journal Record, Sparks Fly.

General News Reporting_1, Dale Denwalt, The Journal Record, Casino Game Legality. 2, Josh Newton, Sean Rowley, Tahlequah Daily Press, Council argues over audit; others. 3, Kristy Sturgill, The Claremore Daily Progress, Claremore Rails: Train Town. HM, Molly M. Fleming, The Journal Record, Zero Plans, Developer sells contract.

Headlines_1, Josh Newton, Tahlequah Daily Press, Targeting the quacks; Big Daddy gets big guilty; Catastrophic, people were clinging. 2, Sharon Beuchaw, The Journal Record, Big top / Lost evidence / Samson’s burden. 3, Kim Poindexter, Tahlequah Daily Press, Sacks in the stacks; Much a-brew…; Hashing over hemp.

Investigative Reporting_1, Sarah Terry-Cobo, The Journal Record, Oklahoma’s Seismic Situation. 2, Dale Denwalt, The Journal Record, Oil Field to Court. 3, Sarah Terry-Cobo, Ted Streuli, The Journal Record, SandRidge’s Shaky Foundation.

Non-page one layout_1, Bryan Richter, The Journal Record. 2, Cydney Baron, The Daily Times, Texting while driving. 3, Kim Poindexter, Tahlequah Daily Press, Progress Education; saving lives at Eastar; Santa wasn’t always part.

Page one deadline layout_1, Josh Newton, Tahlequah Daily Press. 2, Bryan Richter, The Journal Record. 3, Shannon Lowry, Ada Evening News.

Personal Columns_1, Ted Streuli, The Journal Record, Periscope: Backyard eulogy/Colby’s story/A joyful list. 2, Kim Poindexter, Tahlequah Daily Press. 3, John Dilmore, The Claremore Daily Progress, Claremore’s trains; others. HM, Cydney Baron, The Daily Times, Mayes County’s “biggest problem”.

Photo Package_1, Richard Barron, Randy Mitchell, Ada Evening News, Bull’s-eye Ada: 7.10 inches of rain in 24 hours. 2, Rick Heaton, The Claremore Daily Progress, Rogers County jamboree. 3, Josh Newton, Tahlequah Daily Press, lunar eclipse. HM, Randy Mitchell, Ada Evening News, Woman escapes trailer house fire without injury on Ahloso Road.

Public Service Reporting_1, Sarah Terry-Cobo, The Journal Record, Boiling Over: Company left Hugo with Unsafe Water. 2, Dale Denwalt, The Journal Record, Lexington Water. 3, Josh Newton, Hunter Lane, Kim Poindexter, Sheri Gourd, Brad Agnew, Tahlequah Daily Press, Area roads and bridges enterprise pieces.

Sports Columns_1, Jeff Cali, Ada Evening News, Four local golfers were part of a story that can’t be topped. 2, Jeff Cali, Ada Evening News. 3, Rick Heaton, The Claremore Daily Progress, As far as pranks, it’s best to be the hammer and not the nail.

Sports Feature_1, Rick Heaton, The Claremore Daily Progress, Sink or swim. 2, Rick Heaton, The Claremore Daily Progress, A passion for the game. 3, Jared Porter, Tahlequah Daily Press, Rockmore ready for final season. HM, Johnny McMahan, Woodward News, Searcy in Canadian Finals.

Sports Photo_1, Brent Fuchs, The Journal Record, Break. 2, Richard Barron, Ada Evening News, I believe I can fly. 3, Rip Stell, The Journal Record, Turnpike Tussle.

Spot News Photo_1, Johnny McMahan, Woodward News, Trash truck fire. 2, Brent Fuchs, The Journal Record, Car Fire. 3, Cydney Baron, The Daily Times, Evacuation.

Spot News Reporting_1, Sarah Terry-Cobo, The Journal Record, Peak Pain. 2, Rachael Van Horn, Woodward News, Arrests made in meth operation: Over 100 law enforcement officials serving 39 arrest warrants. 3, Rachael Van Horn, Woodward News, Burglars strike Masonic Lodge.

Spot Sports Reporting_1, Molly M. Fleming, The Journal Record, Scoring a goal. 2, Jeff Cali, Brian Johnson, Ada Evening News, Stratford wins state title. 3, Johnny McMahan, Woodward News, Boomers ready for opening night.

General Excellence_1, Ted Streuli, Ronnie Clay, Adam Brooks, staff, The Journal Record. 2, Kim Poindexter, Josh Newton, Sean Rowley, Sheri Gourd, Sidney Van Wyk, Tahlequah Daily Press.

Photo Sweepstakes_Richard Barron, Randy Mitchell, Ada Evening News, Bull’s-eye Ada: 7.10 inches of rain in 24 hours.

Writing Sweepstakes_Josh Newton, Tahlequah Daily Press.

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Competition for smaller and medium-sized newspapers combined:

Graphics/Illustrations_1, Kayla Smith, Stillwater News Press. 2, Bryan Richter, The Journal Record, Duty drives / Packing politicos / Faces of change. 3, Josh Newton, Tahlequah Daily Press, Bigfoot package, “woo-hoo,” slices of history. HM, Cydney Baron, The Daily Times, Real vs. fake Christmas tree.

Reviews_1, Mack Burke, The Norman Transcript. 2, Joe Malan, Enid News & Eagle, An unexpected gem: ‘Mad Max’ delivers; others. 3, James Beaty, McAlester News-Capital.

Website_1, The Shawnee News-Star Staff, The Shawnee News-Star, www.news-star.com. 2, Adam Brooks, Ronnie Clay, The Journal Record, JournalRecord.com. 3, Violet Hassler, Rob Collins, Enid News & Eagle, Newspaper website.

Website Photo_1, Billy Hefton, Enid News & Eagle, Panthers roll over Medford. 2, Josh Newton, Tahlequah Daily Press, house catches fire downtown. 3, Bonnie Vculek, Enid News & Eagle.

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All divisions=

Best New Journalist of the Year_1, Kyle Schwab, The Oklahoman. 2, Blayklee Buchanan, Tulsa World. 3, Beau Simmons, Stillwater News Press.


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