LOUISVILLE – Staff members with The Hazard Herald’s editorial department took home six awards during the Kentucky Press Association’s annual convention in Louisville last week, including four first-place entries.
The Herald’s staff was awarded the top prize in the category of best website for weekly newspapers in the Class 2 division, and a second place award for best editorial. Editor Cris Ritchie, former reporter Bailey Richards, and Sports Editor Tony McGuire were each singled out for awards as well.
Richards, who left the paper in December to begin work for a local non-profit, took first place in the best investigative/series category for her three-part series on the history of Perry County’s French-Eversole feud in the late 1800s. The series was printed over three weeks in June 2012, and netted Richards her second straight first place award in as many years.
Ritchie picked up top awards in the categories of best editorial and best feature story. He was awarded in the latter category for a story printed in January 2012 on up-and-coming Perry County writer Mindy Beth Miller. His entry in the best editorial category includes three separate pieces printed in 2012.
McGuire, who has worked as the Herald’s sports reporter for a number of years, took home a second place award in the best sports picture category for a shot he took of former Perry Central basketball player Jaysean Paige.
Collectively, the Herald’s staff has received 11 KPA awards in the past two years, including six top prizes.
The Herald’s sister paper, The Floyd County Times, also took home some hardware this past weekend, as Ralph Davis and Jack Latta were recognized for their work in covering the devastating tornadoes last spring. The paper also received second-place awards for its front page and its website, as well as a third-place award for Best Business Story.