GPC 2013 Award Winners

Our annual Gold Press Cards Award Banquet took place May 10th. The winners of this year’s awards are as follows:

DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING

Award of Merit: Ben Benton, Chattanooga Times Free Press, “Flood Buries South Pittsburg.”

Award of Excellence: Beth Burger, Chattanooga Times Free Press, “Only 11. And Gone.” Judges called it “compelling and well-written.”

Honorable Mention:WRCB-TV staff, “Collegedale Standoff.”

Third Place: Samantha Manning and Steve McCoy, WATE-TV, “Dancing Bear Lodge Fire.”

Award of Merit: Stephanie Beecken and Holland Haverkamp, WATE-TV, “Bus Crash Witness Shares Experience.”

Award of Excellence: Eleanor Beck, John Becker and Mike Donila, WBIR-TV, “Cumberland County Quadruple Homicide.”
Judges said it was “solid coverage, with reporters covering all of the bases to provide the facts as well as insight from officials, family and other sources.”

Award of Excellence: Benjamin Prijatel, WBIR.com, “Election Bill Overhaul Fails Senate House.”
Judges called his work “solid reporting of a potentially important political issue.” 

GENERAL REPORTING

Third Place: Jack Neely, Metro Pulse, “The Walnut Street Dilemma.”

Award of Merit: Lydia McCoy and Jamie Satterfield, Knoxville News Sentinel, “School Security.”

Award of Excellence: Cari Wade Gervin, Metro Pulse, “The War on Teachers.”
Judges said her article was “well done, excellent reporting on an important subject.”

Award of Merit: Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times, “Highway Tales.”

Award of Excellence: Matthew Stewart, The Daily Times, “Tale of Love and Loss.”
Judges said Stewart “did a good job looking at the former Marine who was killed as he was shooting at motorists and what brought him to that point. The coverage shows depth and good basic journalism in covering all of the bases.”

Award of Merit: Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT, “Stalemate at Henley Bridge.”

Award of Excellence: Matt Shafer Powell, WUOT, “Justice for All: The Sum and Its Parts.”
Judges said it was an “interesting story about the public defender’s office’s ‘holistic’ approach to working with its clients” and a “balanced report that explores both pros and cons of this approach.”

Honorable Mention: Heidi Wigdahl, WBIR, “Messiah” 

Honorable Mention: Benjamin Prijatel, WBIR, “High Chlorine Levels.”

Third Place: Stephanie Beecken, WATE, “Child Sex Trafficking.”

Award of Merit: Steve Butera, WBIR, “The Truth Behind Panhandling.”

Award of Excellence: Mike Donila and Eleanor Beck, WBIR, “Wrongful Arrests.”
Judges said their “Solid investigative work uncovered a serious problem in the court clerk’s office. The reporters got results with calls for change in the current system.”

FEATURE WRITING

Honorable Mention: Kevin Hardy, Chattanooga Times Free Press, “JFK and Me.”

Third Place: Matt Lakin, Knoxville News Sentinel, “Battle of Fort Sanders.”

Award of Merit: Kristi L. Nelson, Knoxville News Sentinel, “Icon of the Struggle.”

Award of Excellence: Joan Garrett McClane, Times Free Press, “Speak No Evil.”
Judges called it a “Riveting, well-told story that captures the reader at the beginning and keeps him until the end.”

Honorable Mention: Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times, “Time Machine.”

Third Place: Linda Braden Albert, The Daily Times, “The Bear Necessities.”

Award of Merit: Melanie Tucker, The Daily Times, “Diggin’ Up Bones.”

Award of Excellence: Linda Braden Albert, The Daily Times, “War & Remembrance.”
Judges said the article “looks at a forgotten story in America — that of ‘war brides.’ Sizuko’s story, especially how she made a life in America for her and her daughter following her husband’s death, is an important one – and well-written, with good use of quotes.”

Award of Excellence: Carol Zinavage, The Shopper-News, “A Holiday Love Story.”
Judges said it was an “interesting, well-written feature.”

FEATURE REPORTING

Award of Merit: Chrissy Keuper, WUOT, “Old Time Smoky Mountain Music.”

Award of Excellence: Matt Shafer Powell, WUOT, “Justice for All: The Art of the Deal.”
Judges said the “audio journal” was “about a part of the criminal justice system unfamiliar to most listeners, told from a public defender’s viewpoint.”

Honorable Mention: Heidi Wigdahl, WBIR, “Lost and Found”

Honorable Mention: James Mahon, WDEF, “Through Irish Eyes.”

Third Place: Gene Patterson, Beth Wilkin-Waldmann and Shawn Davis, “Family Deer Fight.”

Award of Merit: Heidi Wigdahl, WBIR, “Special Delivery.”

Award of Excellence: Kristin Farley, Linda Nguyen and Holland Haverkamp, WATE, “The Lunch Box.”
Judges called it “an uplifting story about an important mobile program that keeps kids from going hungry in the summer. What is especially notable is the way the kids interviewed was treated—with dignity. A story on this subject could get maudlin, but this never did. A good way to make the general public aware of this program since some viewers might also need it.” 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Third Place: Cari Wade Gervin, Metro Pulse, “Redrawing Lines.”

Award of Merit: Jamie Satterfield, News Sentinel, “Investigating School Security.”

Award of Excellence: Joy Lukachick, Times Free Press, “Hayes State Prison Investigation.”
Judges said Lukachick’s “solid investigative journalism resulted in a riveting look at violence in a state prison that worries inmates as well as officials. Well done!”

Award of Merit: Mike Donila and Eleanor Beck, WBIR, “Problems in the Criminal Court Clerk’s Office.”

Award of Excellence: Stephanie Beecken, WATE, “Copper Thefts.”
Judges said Beecken’s reporting “showed originality in subject choice and delivered quality, informative journalism showing what a big problem copper theft is int he area. They went beyond the obvious to go undercover to show a scrap dealer violating the law at least twice, buying scrap copper with few records. Interesting!”

SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING

Honorable mention: Matt Lakin, News Sentinel, “Dust of War.”

Third Place: Megan Boehnke, News Sentinel, “Body of Evidence.”

Award of Merit: Lydia McCoy, News Sentinel, “Movement for Change.”

Award of Excellence: Joan Garrett McClane and Todd South, Times Free Press, “Speak No Evil.”
Judges said, “This is a series that made a difference. The reporters looked at one of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods from a variety of perspectives and provided real insights into the problems, which led to action and possible solutions.”

Third Place: Matthew Stewart, The Daily Times, “Cutting Class: A Chronic Problem.”

Award of Merit: Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times, “Redemption Song.”

Award of Excellence: Iva Butler, The Daily Times, “Wheelon’s Horses.”
Judges said, “This is the type of solid journalism you get when a paper stays with a story. The reporters followed the story from the first Department of Agriculture inspection to the indictment of the horse trainers. Nothing stopped them, even when a reporter was evicted from the site.”

DOCUMENTARY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING

Honorable Mention: WUOT team, “Dialogue.”

Third Place: Richard Winham, WUTC, “Dennis Palmer: Larger Than Life.”

Award of Merit: Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT, “The Method.”

Award of Excellence: Matt Shafer Powell, Leslie Snow and Todd Steed, WUOT, “My HIV Life.”
Judges called it a “Gut-wrenching look at people with HIV telling their stories in their own words” and said, “This program stays with you.”

Award of Excellence: Karen Hinkle and staff, WRCB-TV, “Stories of Hope.”
Judges said it was “well-done and interesting.”

 SPORTS REPORTING

Award of Excellence: Stephen Hargis, Times Free Press, “God and the Gridiron.”
Judges called it “a solid look at a Southern football tradition and how it might be changing,” and said it had “a very strong lead.”

Third Place: Marcus Fitzsimmons, The Daily Times, “Scots Rally Past Tigers”

Award of Merit: Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times, “Heads Held High and Hopeful.”

Award of Excellence: Grant Ramey, The Daily Times, “More Than ‘Attention to Detail.”
Judges said the “well-written” story did “a good job of capturing the coach’s new philosophy.”

Award of Excellence: Heidi Wigdahl, WBIR, “Bailee Can Do It.”
Judges said, “This inspirational story gives the viewers a close look at what Bailee can do. The shots of her from different angles help tell the story in a way that words can’t.

EDITORIAL WRITING

Award of Merit: Scott Barker, News Sentinel.

Award of Excellence: Pam Sohn, Times Free Press

PERSONAL COLUMNS

Honorable Mention: Greg Johnson, News Sentinel

Third Place: Mark Kennedy, Times Free Press

Award of Merit: Tom Humphrey, News Sentinel

Award of Excellence: Mark Harmon, News Sentinel

Award of Merit: Linda Braden Albert, The Daily Times

Award of Excellence: Steve Wildsmith

Award of Excellence: Carol Zinavage, Shopper News, “Carol’s Corner”

REVIEWS/CRITICISM

Award of Merit: Matthew Everett, Metro Pulse, music reviews

Award of Excellence: Cari Wade Gervin, Metro Pulse, book reviews
Judges called Gervin’s reviews “intelligent and well-written” and said they “make the reader think.”

Award of Merit: Linda Braden Albert, The Daily Times, “Fiddler on the Roof” review

Award of Excellence: Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times, music reviews
Judges said, “Wildsmith knows his topic well. Well-written reviews keep the readers’ attention.”

BEST USE OF MEDIUM, BROADCAST

Third Place: Chrissy Keuper, WUOT, “Old Time Smoky Mountain Music”

Award of Merit: Matt Shafer Powell, WUOT, “Justice for All: The Art of the Deal”

Award of Excellence: Matt Shafer Powell, Leslie Snow and Todd Steed, WUOT, “My HIV Life”
Judges called it a “powerful, impactful and beautifully edited story told in the subjects own words.”

Award of Merit: Heidi Wigdahl, WBIR, “Positively Post-It.”

Award of Excellence: Steve Butera, WBIR, “The Truth Behind Panhandling”

BEST NEWS ANCHOR

Award of Merit: Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT

BEST NEWSCAST

Award of Merit: WUOT

Award of Excellence: WRCB Eyewitness News at Six
Judges said the newscast had a “good variety of stories and production values.”

HEADLINE WRITING

Award of Merit: Shawn Ryan, Times Free Press

Award of Excellence: Casey Phillips, Times Free Press
Judges said Philips’ heds were “clever headlines that work well with feature stories. Punny, but not too corny!”

Award of Excellence: Marcus Fitzsimmons, The Daily Times 

PAGE ONE DESIGN

Award of Excellence: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Award of Excellence: The Daily Times
Judges noted “creative design that is easy on the eyes.”

INSIDE PAGE DESIGN

Award of Merit: Jamie Poole, Times Free Press

Award of Excellence: Cindy Deifenderfer, Times Free Press
Judges liked her “creative, colorful and vivid design and layouts.”

Award of Excellence: Amanda Greever, The Daily Times
Judges cited her “attractive, well-designed work.”

INFORMATIONAL GRAPHIC

Award of Merit: Marcus Fitzsimmons, The Daily Times, “Starting Over Up Front”

Award of Excellence: Laura W. McNutt, Times Free Press, “Healthy Profits.”
Judges liked the “clean and clever design, especially use of a certain shade of blue (as in BlueCross BlueShield).”

ART ILLUSTRATION

Award of Excellence: Laura W. McNutt, Times Free Press, “Turn-by-Turned Around”
Judges said its “clean design and color choice convey the spirit of the story.”

DEADLINE PHOTOGRAPHY

Award of Merit: Michael Patrick, News Sentinel, “Haslam Meets the Press”

Award of Excellence: Dan Henry, Times Free Press, “Jelly Belly Joy”
Judges said Henry’s “great action photo captures the end of the race. The riders are reminiscent of jelly beans in their different-colored gear.”

Third Place: Daryl Sullivan, The Daily Times, “A Well-Deserved Break”

Award of Merit: Joy Kimbrough, The Daily Times, “Rally and Tally”

Award of Excellence: Tom Sherlin, The Daily Times, “The Deadliest Catch”
Judges said he “captured not only captured the decisive moment, but also the other moments on the bench!”

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Award of Merit: Doug Strickland, Times Free Press, “Speak No Evil”

Award of Excellence: Michael Patrick, News Sentinel, “THP: Stress-Tested Training”
Judges said, “The intensity of this photo captures the challenge of a cadet training to become a Tennessee Highway patrolman.”

Award of Merit: Joy Kimbrough, The Daily Times, “Students Help Feed the Hungry”

Award of Excellence: Tom Sherlin, “Just Add Kids”

Award of Merit: David Raborn, WATE, “Spirit of East Tennessee: McCarter Family Racing”

FREELANCE WRITING FOR PRINT

Honorable Mention: Lesli Bales-Sherrod, “Eli James,” for the News Sentinel

Award of Merit: Donna Johnson, “Life at the Summit,” for Metro Pulse

Award of Excellence: Hugh G. Willet, “Loudon Landfill Series,” for the News Sentinel
Judges said Willet’s stories were “a real public service with follow-up” and that they were “well-written examples of the type of work a quality freelancer can produce

OVERALL INTERNET SITE

Third Place: knoxville.com

Award of Merit: govolsxtra.com

Award of Excellence: knoxnews.com
Judges said the website is “well-designed and easy to navigate.”

ONLINE USE OF PHOTO

Award of Excellence: Rachel Wise, News Sentinel, “Movement for Change.”
Judges said the photos “serve as a vivid reminder of what the Civil Rights Movement was like 50 years ago.”

ONLINE USE OF VIDEO

Award of Merit: Erin Chapin and Rachel Wise, Knoxville News Sentinel, “Knoxville Under Siege: Uncovering the Footsteps of Our Civil War History”

Award of Excellence: Rachel Wise, Knoxville News Sentinel, “A Movement for Change: 1960s demonstrations in Knoxville.”
Judges said the “vivid footage recalls an important time in history.”

BEST BLOG

Award of Merit: Tom Humphrey, News Sentinel, “Humphrey on the Hill”

Award of Excellence: Mike Donila, WBIR, “Screams from the Porch”
Judges said of Donila’s blog, “Local schools, term limits, commissioners — nothing about local government is off limits for this informative and entertaining blog. Should be ‘must’ reading for locals.”

Award of Merit: Jack Lail, jacklail.org

Award of Excellence: Nick Geidner, “The Medal of Honor Project”
Judges said the blog is an “impressive civic project that preserves important history.”

ALL MEDIA – HORACE V. WELLS JR. COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD 

WINNER: Mike Donila and Eleanor Beck, WBIR, “Problems in the Criminal Court Clerk’s Office.”

Judges said, “This entry stood out for the quality and the level of journalistic excellence it represents. Solid reporting undercovered a shocking amount of errors in the county clerk’s office that impacted countless local citizens. This stood out from among a number of worthy entries.”

 

GOLDEN PRESS CARD AWARD (BEST IN SHOW)

WINNER: Mike Donila and Eleanor Beck, WBIR, “Problems in the Criminal Court Clerk’s Office.”

Judges said, “This fits the definitition of the award: solid investigative journalism that performs an important public servie. The problems in the criminal court clerk’s office led to wrongful arrests and documentation of cases that had far-reaching consequences in the community. WBIR’s work uncovered lies byt he clerk and other officials that had succeeded, until the station looked into the matter, in keeping the problems hidden. Excellent work that deserves this recognition.”

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