The Kentucky New Era and sister publication The Cadiz Record garnered several awards in the 2020 Kentucky Press Association Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers Contest.

The Kentucky New Era received eight total awards in the Daily Class 1 division of the contest.

Former Kentucky New Era Editor Zirconia Alleyne won three awards, including a first-place honor in the ongoing/extended coverage category for her stories on the Black Lives Matter movement in Hopkinsville.

Alleyne also placed second for her Enterprise/Analytical article about “Remembering the Buffalo Soldiers.”

“Powerful subject. Very well-written and informative,” wrote the judges about the entry.

She won third for a feature photo essay.

“The bottom left shot is a warm one. Love that one!” the judges wrote. “Very good work here, and the package is story-telling.”

Features Editor Michele Vowell received two second-place awards in the contest.

The first award was in the Breaking News category for her coverage of five E-1 tornadoes which touched down in Christian County on Jan. 11, 2020.

“Great coverage of what should’ve been an ordinary Saturday,” the judges wrote.

Vowell also won second place honors for a feature photo of Hoptown’s Piano Man Jason Montgomery as he performed from his den last summer during the pandemic.

“The photographer has captured the concentration of the musician under soft, subtle lighting,” the judges commented about the entry.

Staff Writer Tonya S. Grace earned a third-place award for her investigative story on Helping Hands of Trigg County.

KNE staff won second for Headline Writing and third for Front Page Design.

The Cadiz Record garnered two awards for its staff in the Weekly Class I division of the contest.

Staff Writer Tonya S. Grace placed first for the ongoing/extended coverage of the arrest, resignation and arraignment of former Trigg County Sheriff Jason Barnes.

“This reporter’s coverage deserves mention,” the judge wrote. “The writing is solid and she stayed with the story from the beginning until the present.”

Managing Editor Michele Vowell won second for her feature story about Trigg County 4-H’er Anna Sink who overcame a rare illness to win the 4-H state country ham competition.

Winners initially were announced via a KPA video slideshow on Feb. 5; however, the newspapers received the judges’ comments by mail from the KPA central office on Monday.

The contest was judged by members of the North Carolina Press Association, Louisiana Press Association and the South Carolina Press Association.

This year’s KPA Winter Convention and Awards Ceremony was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 KPA Winter Convention is slated for Jan. 20-21 at the Marriott East in Louisville.

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