Deseret News, KSL honored with SPJ Utah Headliners Awards

By Katie McKellar

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, June 24 2013 10:40 a.m. MDT

BYU student Kelsey Morasco puts away her sewing supplies after class in Provo Feb 23, 2012. Morasco does not want to limited in anything that she does.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Deseret News and KSL were honored last week for excellence in print, digital and broadcast journalism at the Utah Headliners Awards by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Amy Joi O’Donoghue of the Deseret News was named Best Newspaper Reporter, first place; Jennifer Stagg of KSL-TV was named Best TV Reporter, first place; and KSL NewsRadio’s Randall Jeppesen and Andrew Adams received second- and third-place recognition in the Best Radio Reporter category.

They were among the 79 total awards and 33 first place honors presented to KSL and the Deseret News, which are owned by Deseret Management Corp.

Recognition was also given in visual categories: Peter Rosen of KSL received a first-place award as Best Videographer, and Jeffrey Allred of the Deseret News received second place in the Best Photographer category, with Ravell Call, also of the Deseret News, earning honorable mention recognition, in addition to first place wins in other categories.

DeseretNews.com won first place for Best News-oriented Website and KSL’s social media team earned second-place recognition for Best Use of News-oriented Social Media for its political coverage in 2012.

“The awards reflect our deep commitment to covering the news and issues that are important to Utah families and individuals, and we bring it to our readers, viewers and listeners across multiple platforms, including television, the Internet, radio and in print,” said Doug Wilks, managing editor of the News Division for KSL and the Deseret News.

The integrated newsroom was created in 2010, part of an innovative strategy to increase the reach of both the Deseret News and KSL, becoming not only a leader in digital media, but strengthening its coverage and operations during a time of disruption for media throughout the world.

"We're very proud of the work being done here," said Paul Edwards, editor of the Deseret News. "We know that the strength of the company is in the people that work here, day in and day out. They're among the finest working in media today."

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Best Newspaper Reporter: Amy Joi O'Donoghue, first place.

Best Photographer: Jeffrey Allred, second place; Ravell Call, honorable mention.

Spot News: McKenzie Romero, first place, "Classmates gather to mourn loss..."; Pat Reavy, third place, "Hundreds of volunteers help clean up mess..."

General News: Emiley Morgan, first place, "Fear, prayer and peace: Man recalls frantic efforts to save fallen brother-in-law"; Marjorie Cortez, third place, "Homeless court metes out justice."

General Feature: Emiley Morgan, first place, "Couple planning wedding, life, despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis."

Best Series: Marjorie Cortez, Lois Collins, Mercedes White, Elizabeth Stuart and Thomas Betar, first place, "Coming to our Census: The Changing Face of Utah"; Lois Collins, third place, "How Will I Die."

Continuing Coverage: Pat Reavy, Wendy Leonard and Steve Fidel, second place, "Sins of the father."

Religion and Values Reporting: David Ward, second place, "The American Bible Challenge"; Sara Israelsen-Hartley, honorable mention, "Colliding causes: Gay rights and religious liberty."

Minority Issues Reporting: McKenzie Romero, second place, "Foreign sheepherders in Utah divided on wages, working conditions"; Dennis Romboy, third place, "In search of hope along the U.S.-Mexico border"; Mercedes White, honorable mention, "Moms key in Hispanic women going to college."

Education Reporting: Mercedes White, third place, "Why boys' literacy skills lag behind girls'."

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