A year after winning the General Excellence Award as the top newspaper in its circulation category in 2015, The Wilson Post continued its success with 16 awards in the 2016 UT/TPA State Press Contests.
Judged by its peers in the news industry, the newspaper received first place selections for Investigative Reporting, Best Single Feature, Community Lifestyles and Best Website, as well as numerous other awards from 2nd to 5th place.
"It's a humbling experience to be recognized again for excellence in the coverage of our county," Managing Editor Zack Owensby said. "We are devoted to our county. We live here, work here and raise our families here. It's important to us to cover the news that is important to this community. These awards are a testament of our staff and contributors, their dedication to their county and their craft."
Several Post staffers and contributors were honored for their work. Among them are Sabrina Garrett, Tommy Bryan, Dallus Whitfield, Becky Andrews, Brian Harville, Connie Esh, Laurie Everett, Ken Beck, John L. Sloan, Cat Murphy, Ray Pope, Angel Kane, Jennifer Christensen, Mary Anne Ferrell, Andy Frisch and Owensby.
The complete list of awards were:
Best Personal Column: 3rd place, Becky Andrews- "Losing my religion"
Best Personal Column: 5th place, Jennifer Christensen- "It's good, except when it's not"
Best Business Coverage: 4th place
Best News Photography: 5th place, Dallus Whitfield- "Protecting those who served"
Local Features: 5th place
Investigative Reporting: 1st place, Ken Beck- "Missing David"
Best Single Feature: 2nd place, Ken Beck- "Historic Roots"
Best Single Feature: 1st place, Laurie Everett- "Live, Breathe, Believe"
Best Special Issue or Section: 2nd place, Sabrina Garrett- "Woman of Wilson"
Best Sports Writing: 5th place, Tommy Bryan and John L. Sloan
Editorials: 4th place
Best Website: 1st place, wilsonpost.com
Community Lifestyles: 1st place
Public Service: 3rd place, "C'Asia Patton murder," "Missing David"
Headline Writing: 3rd place
Make-Up and Appearance: 3rd place
The Gallatin News, also owned by MSMTN, garnered 11 awards, as well, for its coverage of Sumner County.