Western Recorder Editor Todd Deaton received three awards in journalism from the Kentucky Press Association on Jan. 23 at a conference in Louisville.
Deaton placed first in the Best Editorial category for the Associate Newspaper division. The collection of three editorials included “Hear their haunting cry: ‘I ain’t ate yet!’”, “It’s time to tell them ‘enough is enough’” and “Decision sends shockwave among Ky. Baptists.”
“These editorials reflect a moral clarity and depth of knowledge about the issues involved that most of the editoralists at Kentucky’s secular newspapers could use more of,” contest judges commented.
Deaton also placed second place for a separate collection of editorials.
Additionally, Deaton took first place in the Best Investigative Story or Series in the Associate Newspaper division with his series of seven articles on Sunrise Children’s Services.
The series tracks the proposed and ultimately rejected decision by former Sunrise president, Bill Smithwick, to reverse its hiring policy banning open homosexuals and lesbians from working at Kentucky Baptists’ child-care agency.
One judge commented, “Excellent, week in, week out coverage of an ongoing issue. I found myself caught up in the weekly drama, as I’m sure other readers did too. Well balanced, fair stories. Well done!”
The Kentucky Press Association represents nearly 175 newspapers throughout the Commonwealth.