By Bobby Ross Jr.
OKLAHOMA CITY — After Hurricane Michael last year, I rode along with a disaster relief truck driver taking emergency supplies from Nashville, Tenn., to hard-hit Panama City, Fla.
My “18 wheels and a heart to serve” piece earned a first-place award for personality article at the Evangelical Press Association’s annual convention this week. (UPDATE: The same story won first place for feature article in the Associated Church Press “Best of the Church Press” contest.)
Also at the EPA meeting, photographer Ashley Reeves and I got second place for feature article for our “1,000 wells around the world” package from Haiti.
In all, The Christian Chronicle won six awards in its first year to compete in the EPA contest, including the Award of Excellence as the top print newspaper.
I presented a workshop at the EPA convention on covering crisis and reflected on my experience with the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The convention was held at the downtown Sheraton Hotel, not far from the bombing site.