LOUISVILLE - The State Journal is Kentucky's best newspaper of its size according to Kentucky Press Association awards presented Friday.
The paper won the KPA General Excellence Award for class 1 dailies, or daily newspapers with less than 10,000 circulation. In all the newspaper was recognized 21 times in 26 different categories, including six first-place awards. The contest was judged by the Arkansas Press Association.
The State Journal received first place for Best Spot News Coverage for a story on more than 300 pages of documents falling out of the back of a truck on U.S. 60. The documents pertained to Birchtree Healthcare, the Clinton nursing home owned by Tina Conner, with whom Gov. Paul Patton had admitted to having an affair. The documents detailed numerous complaints against the facility. Staff writers Beth Crace, Gayle Coulter and Fred Lucas shared the award.
The newspaper was awarded first place for Best Ongoing/Extended Coverage Story for reporting by Crace and Lucas of the firing of embattled Kentucky State University President George W. Reid.
Staff photographer Suzanne Feliciano won first place in Best Picture Essay for photos on the 2002 Miss Teen Franklin County Fair. She also won for Best Sports Picture Essay on the State Track and Field Championships.