News-Sentinel receives five awards at Hoosier State Press Association

Several staff members received awards at the annual Hoosier State Press Association awards ceremony in Indianapolis on Saturday. The News-Sentinel competed in Division 4 which covers daily newspapers with circulations ranging from 6,000 to 13,999.

Former News-Sentinel employee Leo Morris received a first place for Best Editorial Writer.

“There were many good entries in this category,” the judge wrote. “The News-Sentinel led the pack with a good package that spoke to transparency and fairness, and closed with a fun piece about that inexplicable desire to be called a Hoosier. Well done.”

Kevin Kilbane received a second place in Best Ongoing News Coverage for his series of stories covering Indiana Tech’s proposed plans to purchase Memorial Park to utilize part of the space for athletic fields.

Dan Vance received a second place for Best Sports Event Coverage for a story about Maplewood Elementary School gym teacher and coach Zach Welklin’s battle with thyroid cancer. Vance also received a second place in Best Sports Section for three of his front page designs.

Justin Kenny received a second place in Best Sports Commentary for three of his columns.

“Great opinion writing,” the judge wrote. “Strong arguments and impactful subjects.”