Herald-Leader wins 1st place in Ky. newspaper awards. Freedom of Information work honored.

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Ryan C. Hermens/rhermens@herald-leader.com

The Lexington Herald-Leader was named First Place General Excellence in the large daily newspaper division in the Kentucky Press Association’s annual Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers competition.

Herald-Leader reporter John Cheves was also recognized with the Jon Fleischaker Freedom of Information Award for daily newspapers for his investigative series on problems and abuses in Kentucky juvenile justice detention centers. The award is presented by the Associated Press.

The Herald-Leader staff took home awards in multiple individual categories as well. They include:

  • Best Editorial Writer, 1st place: Linda Blackford

  • Best Breaking News Coverage, 1st place: Jeremy Chisenhall, Bill Estep, Liz Moomey; 3rd Place: Jeremy Chisenhall

  • Best General News Story, 2nd place: Alex Acquisto

  • Best Columnist, 2nd place: Linda Blackford

  • Best Sports Columnist: 2nd place, John Clay; 3rd place, Mark Story

  • Best Enterprise or Analytical Story, 3rd place: Alex Acquisto

  • Best Video: 2nd place, Ryan Hemens, 3rd place, Silas Walker

  • Best Breaking news picture: 1st place and 3rd place, Ryan Hermens

  • Best General news picture: 1st place, Ryan Hermens

  • Best Feature picture: 1st place and 3rd place, Ryan Hermens

  • Best Picture Essay: 1st place, Herald-Leader staff; 2nd place, Alex Slitz, Silas Walker, Brian Simms

  • Best Sports Picture: 3rd place, Ryan Hermens

  • Best Sports picture essay: 1st place, Ryan Hermens, Alex Slitz

  • Best Editorial Page: 1st place, Herald-Leader, Linda Blackford

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