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Herald-Whig: An Award-Winning Staff

Posted: Dec. 12, 2017 12:01 am

The Herald-Whig's team of talented, experienced journalists brings you news and insight that you won't find anywhere else, with depth that is unparalleled. But don't take our word for it. Here are some of the recognition we've received from professional organizations in just the last two years:

EDITORIAL AWARDS PRESENTED IN 2015

Illinois Associated Press

The Herald-Whig received nine awards - including six first-place finishes - in the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association 2014 contest.

 • The Herald-Whig's website, whig.com, won first place in the Best Newspaper Website category.

 • The Herald-Whig won first place for Best Use of Social Media by an Institutional Account, earning praise for both its Facebook page and @WhigNews Twitter account.

 • The Herald-Whig's coverage of the Hotel Elkton fire on Dec. 12, 2014, took first place in the Breaking News category.

 • Steve Bohnstedt won first place for his picture story, "A Tough Cell," which showed how inmates and staff at the Adams County Jail deal with the problems of an aging facility.

 • Bohnstedt's photo, "Minute To Win It," won first place in the Feature Photo category.

 • Michael Kipley took first place in the Sports Feature Photo category with his picture of the Quincy University women's basketball team being mobbed by fans after a victory over No. 7-ranked Drury.

 • Kipley took second place in the Picture Story category with "Teen Reach," showcasing the program for at-risk students ages 6-17.

 • Don O'Brien took second place in the Enterprise Series category with "Meth Mess," a seven-day series of stories about the manufacturing of methamphetamine in Adams County.

 • Kipley placed third in the Feature Photo category with "Best of Show."

Illinois Press Association

The Herald-Whig received 16 awards - including six first-place finishes - in the Illinois Press Association "Best of the Press" 2014 contest.

The Herald-Whig competed against 20 newspapers in Division E (circulations between 10,000 and 40,000) and placed third in the sweepstakes for points earned in all categories toward the Mabel S. Shaw Memorial Trophy.

• Don O'Brien took first place in the Feature Writing category with “Behind Prison Walls, a story about Matthew Ruble, who yearns for forgiveness while in prison after he killed two people in 2009 in a head-on collision on Ill. 104 near Quincy Regional Airport.

• Deborah Gertz Husar took first place in the Business/Economic Reporting category for her agriculture stories on the Clean Water Act, Missouri agrability, wastewater regulations and the PED virus for swine.

• Edward Husar took first place in the Best Taxation Coverage category. He wrote about taxes in Quincy and Adams County as well as school tax issues facing voters in Quincy and Liberty.

• Phil Carlson took first place in the Best Web Project category for his video, “Raptor Rehabilitation,” in which he documented how the Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Quincy treats wild birds of all types with injuries.

• Steve Bohnstedt took first place in the Photo Series category for his picture story, “A Tough Cell,” which showed how inmates and staff at the Adams County Jail deal with the problems of an old facility.

• Michael Kipley took first place in the Sports Photo category when he captured Quincy American Legion catcher Andrew Hugenberg tagging out Hannibal's Seth Brown on a play at the palte.

• O'Brien took second place in the Enterprise Series category and second place in the Best Investigative Reporting category with “Meth Mess,” a seven-day series of stories about the manufacturing of methamphetamine in Adams County.

• Executive Editor Don Crim took second place in the Local Editorial category for an editorial on the “once-in-a-lifestime” opportunity facing Quincy School District voters should they support an $89 million school building plan, which they did by a 2-to-1 margin.

• The Herald-Whig took second place in the Best Sports Section category.

• Carlson took second place in the Photo Series category for his picture story, “Fishers of Men,” in which he documented the lives of about 25 formerly homeless men living in four homes on the city's northwest side as they attempt to take back their lives that had been swallowed up by addictions, financial failures, incarceration and abuse.

• Carlson took second place in the Feature Photo category for his photo that captured a trio of eagles taking flight after dining on a deer carcass in a field outside of Pittsfield.

• Carlson took third place in the Spot News Photo category for his photo that captured a resident of the Hotel Elkton embracing her cat after the soaking wet feline was rescued from a third floor apartment during a December fire.

• O'Brien took third place in the Best Promotion of the Public's Right to Know category for his story, “Reports detail morning of death.” Through a Freedom of Information Act request, O'Brien used a transcript from an Adams County coroner's inquest, a Quincy Police Department report on the arrest of Curtis Lovelace on Aug. 27 and a QPD case report on the death of Cory Lovelace dated Feb. 14, 2006, for his story.

• Bohnstedt took third place in the Best Web Project category with “Lena's Story,” a 12-week project that documented a woman's life after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 30.

• Matt Schuckman took third place in the Sports Column category for his columns about the firing of Quincy High School boys basketball coach Sean Taylor, a touchdown scored by a football player with Down syndrome and a young Quincy boy who shoveled his driveway in the dead of winter to shoot baskets.

Missouri Press Association

The Herald-Whig won eight awards in the Missouri Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest.

The Herald-Whig competed in the category for newspapers with circulations of 15,000 subscribers or more. The Herald-Whig is the only MPA member that is not from Missouri.

• Steve Eighinger took first place in the Best Humorous Column category.

• Deborah Gertz Husar took second place in the Best Coverage of Rural Life or Agriculture category for her stories on the Clean Water Act, Missouri agrability, wastewater regulations and the PED virus for swine.

• The Herald-Whig took second place in the Best Overall Design category. Page designers were Jason Lewton, Cody Bozarth, Haley Stracher, Ken Jones and Tom Scott.

• Michael Kipley placed third in the Best Feature Photo category with "Best of Show."

• Matt Schuckman took third place in the Best Sports Columnist category for his columns about the firing of Quincy High School boys basketball coach Sean Taylor, a touchdown scored by a football player with Down syndrome and a young Quincy boy who shoveled his driveway in the dead of winter to shoot baskets.

• Schuckman took third place in the Best Story about the Outdoors category for his piece, "Instilling passion to hunt is joy of duck season."

• Alyse Thompson took honorable mention in the Best Story about Education category for her story, "Hannibal instructors 'pop in' students' homes."

• Phil Carlson took honorable mention in the Best Video category for his video, "Raptor Rehabilitation."

EDITORIAL AWARDS PRESENTED IN 2014

The Herald-Whig received 39 awards in the Illinois Press Association and Illinois Associated Press Editors Association 2013 contests. In addition, the newspaper won two awards in the annual Polly Robinson feature writing contest sponsored by Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

• The Herald-Whig placed second for overall general excellence in Class B in the IAPEA contest.

• The Herald-Whig competed in Division E in the IPA contest and placed second in the sweepstakes for points earned in all categories toward the Mabel S. Shaw Memorial Trophy.

• The Herald-Whig's coverage of the Sept. 6 Newcomb Hotel fire took first place in the IAPEA breaking news category and honorable mention in the IPA's news reporting single story category. Staff Writers Matt Hopf, Steve Eighinger and David Adam wrote stories, and staff photographers Michael Kipley and Phil Carlson took photos.

• The Herald-Whig took second place in both the IAPEA and the IPA best website category.

• The Herald-Whig took third place in the IPA's best web project category for its “Chasing the Crown” blog and live chat related to Miss Quincy Megan Ervin competing in the 2013 Miss America pageant. Interactive Managing Editor Kelly Wilson, Editorial Production Coordinator Gerri Berendzen, Adam and Eighinger contributed to the project.

• Carlson took first place in the IAPEA picture story category and second place in the IPA's photo series category for his photos of Lewis Wiesemann and Johnny Suter, who have operated a barbershop since 1967 in Palmyra, Mo.

• Carlson took first place in the IAPEA's multimedia storytelling category and third place in the IPA's photo series category for his audio slideshow and photos of Hayden Hoskins, who who was born with his large intestine and a portion of his liver contained in a sac outside his body.

• Carlson took second and third place in the IAPEA's sports action photo category for his photos of Quincy University football player Mason Brooks and Quincy Notre Dame High School soccer player Tanner Zanger.

• Carlson received honorable mention place in the IPA's spot news category for his photo at Gallery 510, a Hannibal business damaged in a windstorm on May 20, 2013.

• Kipley placed first in the IPA's spot news photo category for his photo of Pete Massey and his dog, Buster, as they sat on the Mississippi River bank during spring flooding in LaGrange, Mo.

• Kipley took first place in the IPA's sports photo category and second place in the IAPEA's sports feature photo category for his photo of Palmyra football coach Kevin Miles consoling his players after a playoff loss to Blair Oaks.

• Kipley took second place in the IAPEA's picture story category for his photos of Sue Osborne, an elderly Quincy woman forced back into the workforce because of financial shortcomings.

• Kipley took third place in the IPA's feature photo category for his photo of Draven Puterbaugh of Pittsfield pedaling a tractor at the Pike County Fair.

• Edward Husar took first place in the IPA's featuring writing category and third place in the IAPEA's feature category for “Barbershop Duet,” his story about Wiesemann and Suter.

• Edward Husar and Matt Hopf shared a first-place award in the IPA's best coverage of taxation category.

• Edward Husar also placed third in the IPA's best school board coverage category.

• Matt Schuckman took first place in the IPA sports column category for his columns on professional golfer Luke Guthrie, professional football player Jack Cornell and Quincy High School baskeball coach Sean Taylor.

• Schuckman took third place in the IPA sports news category for his coverage of the resignation of Scott Douglas as the QND boys basketball coach.

• Schuckman took third place in the IAPEA's sports breaking news category for his coverage of the QND girls soccer team's state championship game victory.

• Schuckman third place in the IAPEA's sports feature category for his story of Highland's Ashton Luttrell, who made her one and only shot of the year after a knee injury forced her to miss her senior season in basketball.

• The Herald-Whig took second place in the IPA's sports section category.

• Jason Lewton took second place in the IPA's headline writing category and second place in the IPA's single page design category for his front page design of The Herald-Whig when it looked back at the 20-year anniversary of the flood of 1993.

• Steve Bohnstedt took first place in the IPA's photo series category and third place in the IAPEA's picture story category for his photos of Niemeyer.

• David Adam took third place in the IPA's original column category for his columns about Quincy schools, his class reunion and a move from his home

• The Herald-Whig placed second in the IPA's newspaper design category.

• The newspaper received first place in the IPA's community service campaign category for its celebration of 25 years of the Good News of Christmas campaign.

• Former Staff Writer Maggie Menderski took first place in the IAPEA's feature category and second place in the IPA's enterprise/feature category for her story about Hoskins. She took second place in the IAPEA's feature category for “An Independent Spirit,” a story about Jared Niemeyer of Edina, Mo., who lives on his own despite having Down syndrome. She also took first place in the Polly Robinson contest for this story. Menderski took first place in the IPA's business/economic reporting category for her story “Take Two Aspirin,” about the shortage of primary care doctors at hospitals and in rural communities, and third place in the Polly Robinson contest for “Hoarder's Paradise,” a story about more than 100 paintings by Virginia Shoup Terpening that were found in a dilapidated trailer in Lewistown, Mo.

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