Friday, October 24, 2014

Herald earns top reporting award

By The Herald Staff | 2/7/2014

LAWRENCE — A commitment to preserving the public’s right to know earned The Herald top reporting honors Friday at the University of Kansas.

The newspaper was awarded the 2014 Burton W. Marvin Kansas News Enterprise Award by the William Allen White Foundation at a Friday luncheon on the university campus. The news team of Doug Carder, Herald senior writer, Tommy Felts, Herald managing editor, and Jeanny Sharp, Herald editor and publisher, along with Bobby Burch, former Herald multimedia manager, accepted the award.

LAWRENCE — A commitment to preserving the public’s right to know earned The Herald top reporting honors Friday at the University of Kansas.

The newspaper was awarded the 2014 Burton W. Marvin Kansas News Enterprise Award by the William Allen White Foundation at a Friday luncheon on the university campus. The news team of Doug Carder, Herald senior writer, Tommy Felts, Herald managing editor, and Jeanny Sharp, Herald editor and publisher, along with Bobby Burch, former Herald multimedia manager, accepted the award.

The honor stemmed from The Herald’s six-week coverage of the 2013 arrest and subsequent courtroom drama of the then-Franklin County sheriff, as well as the newspaper’s fight to unseal court records related to the case.

“The Herald staff refused to give up on a story about a sheriff’s deceitful behavior that public officials tried to hide,” the William Allen White Foundation said in announcing the award. “The newspaper went to court on grounds that the public had a right to know, and it won. The series of stories it produced held government officials accountable and helped its readers understand the extent to which a sheriff usurped the public trust. It’s a case of enterprise reporting in its purist sense.”

Friday’s award marks the fifth time The Herald has been recognized with KU’s Burton Marvin honor since the award’s inception in 1974. The Herald took home the prize for excellence in reporting in 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014.

This year’s honors were shared with the Kansas City Star, which also was recognized for its enterprise reporting. The Star’s Eric Adler earned accolades Friday for his four-day series “Denise’s Decision,” which explored the emotionally devastating issues that caregivers face through one woman’s struggle to deal with her husband’s early-onset dementia.

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