ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has won first-place awards in 14 categories, including breaking news coverage, government coverage, news photography and editorial writing, in the annual Better Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the Missouri Press Foundation.
The newspaper, which competed against the state’s other large dailies, swept two entire categories — best editorials and best news photos — winning first, second and third place, as well as honorable mention.
The awards were presented Saturday at a ceremony during the annual Missouri Press Association convention, held this year in Excelsior Springs.
First place was awarded in these categories: Breaking News: Annika Merrilees, for coverage of the death of a St. Charles County poll worker; News: Erin Heffernan and Joel Currier, for “One mile in St. Louis,” a look at gun violence along a stretch of North Grand Boulevard; Government coverage: Jacob Barker, for a report on the Howard Bend Levee District; Education: Blythe Bernhard and Laurie Skrivan, for a report on children and parents coping with virtual learning; Health: Michele Munz, for coverage of persistent sewer and drainage trouble in Centreville; Religion: Erin Heffernan, for her report on how one priest celebrated Easter Sunday Mass during the pandemic; History: Jane Henderson, for her examination of controversies surrounding King Louis IX and other historical figures; Editorial: For the editorial “If disaster is what you’re looking for, Trump and Parson have a plan”; and Columnist (Humorous): Kevin McDermott, for multiple entries.
The Post-Dispatch also won first place in these visual categories: News photograph: David Carson, for “Protesters march St. Louis streets in solidarity with Minneapolis”; Feature photograph: Laurie Skrivan, for “St. Louis city police officer saved by ECMO treatment”; Photo package: Robert Cohen, Gary Hairlson and Brent Fisher, for “Deadly gun violence on one mile of a St. Louis street”; Photo illustration: Christian Gooden, for “Time for tempura”; and Video: Colter Peterson, for “Maplewood woman’s community food table a source of healing.”