The Lee’s Summit Journal won 12 awards at the June 14 Kansas City Press Club luncheon.
The annual luncheon honors the best in regional newspapers, television and radio.
The Kansas City Press Club represents the local arm of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mid-America Chapter, which stretches north to St. Joseph, east to mid-Missouri and south into Springfield, as well as portions of northeastern, central and southeastern Kansas.
Russ Pulley and Ashlee Hendrix won a gold award for Business Reporting for story and graphic portraying the tribulations of a once-much-ballyhooed company, Exergonix, that has yet to fulfill promises made when the city gave it about $1.4 million to buy land for a plant that has yet to be built.
Pulley also got two Silver awards, one for Beat Reporting on the back and forth status of a new Walmart Supercenter and one for a feature photograph of an owl in a park gazebo. He got a Bronze award for Beat Reporting on a neighborhood, Timber Hills, which had ongoing sewer problems.
Pulley, reporter Toriano Porter and Hendrix got a Bronze Award for General Reporting with their series “Shifting Culture” which looked at the changing demographics of Lee’s Summit going through a boom from a rural town to major Kansas City suburb.
Porter was also awarded a silver in Deadline Reporting/Breaking News for “Trench collapse ends tragically”; a silver in Entertainment Reporting for “What about your friends?” a feature on Lee’s Summit filmmaker/producer Jesse Pringle and his connections to Hollywood stars; and an honorable mention in Features for “Mr. Olson’s neighborhood,” a piece on Neighborhood Cafe co-owner Tony Olson.
Porter also shared a bronze with Hendrix and Pulley for “Shifting Cultures,” a series on the changing cultural diversity in Lee’s Summit.
Journal publisher/editor John Beaudoin won a gold award for his editorial “Time to recall the recall,” pushing for an end to the recall effort by a few citizens against District 1 Councilman Rob Binney. Beaudoin also won a bronze award for Non-News column writing.
“We have a tremendous amount of journalistic energy here at the Journal,” Beaudoin said. “That is evident every day in our newsroom and in how we tackle community journalism, from all angles. The wide range of awards and honors shows our diversity and strengths as the newspaper of record here in Lee’s Summit.”