TULSA, Okla. — I was honored May 19 to win second place for “Best Reporter” from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists.
The award recognized my 2017 stories on Syrian refugees in Canada, the 50th anniversary of the Detroit race riot, Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, a woman who confessed to murder after her baptism and a prom for special-needs teens and adults.
Jennifer Palmer of Oklahoma Watch earned first place, and Darla Slipke of The Oklahoman came in third.
The contest is open to Oklahoma-based news media, which includes The Christian Chronicle. Most of the competitors are secular news organizations. Because of our circulation size, we compete against the largest newspapers in the state.
I also placed in four other categories: election reporting, government reporting, diversity reporting and criminal justice reporting. Winners were announced at the SPJ’s annual banquet.
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