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Kentucky Paper Wins Public Service Award In National Headliners Competition

March 17, 1986

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ The Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader won the public service prize and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch captured top honors in the investigative reporting category of the 52nd annual National Headliners Awards competition, it was announced Monday.

The Philadelphia Inquirer was cited for outstanding news reporting for a newspaper with circulation of more than 150,000 for its coverage of the May 1985 bombing of MOVE headquarters and the subsequent controversy.

James D. Stewart of the Cox Newspapers Washington, D.C., bureau was cited in the category of outstanding coverage of a major news event by a news service for his series, ″Military Medicine: The Tragedy at Bethesda.″

Carol Guzy of The Miami Herald won in the category of outstanding news photography for her coverage of the Colombian earthquake and Michael Edward Keefe of The Denver Post was honored for his editorial cartoons.

The awards, sponsored by the Press Club of Atlantic City, will be presented May 16 and May 17 in Atlantic City. The winners of the broadcasting awards will be announced soon.

Herald-Leader reporters Jeffrey Marx and Michael York detailed improper cash gifts and offers to University of Kentucky basketball players and to some of the nation’s top college players in a series of articles.

As a result of their articles, the NCAA began an investigation of the university and other colleges named in the series started internal probes.

The Post-Dispatch’s Washington bureau was honored for its investigation of spending abuses by General Dynamics Corp., a major defense contractor.

General Dynamics eventually admitted that it should not have charged the government for millions of dollars in administrative expenses. Some executives were fired, reprimanded and indicted.

Other winners in the print division were:

- Outstanding news reporting (circulation of up to 50,000): The Beaver County (Pa.) Times for its tornado coverage.

- Outstanding news reporting (circulation between 50,000 and 150,000): Jerry Bledsoe, Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record, for his article, ″Bitter Blood: A Genealogy of Murder.″

- Consistently outstanding local interest column: Rheta Grimsley Johnson, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tenn.

- Consistently outstanding special column: Curtis J. Sitomer, The Christian Science Monitor, Boston.

- Outstanding feature photography: Gerald Martineau, The Washington Post, for a picture of first lady Nancy Reagan after she forgot to introduce President Reagan at an inaugural event.

- Outstanding sports photography: John Keating, Dallas Times Herald, for a photograph of high diver Bryan Hansen.

- Outstanding sports column: Edwin Pope, The Miami Herald.

- Consistently outstanding feature writing: Wil Haygood, The Boston Globe, for his writing on his 40-day journey up the Mississippi River.

- Consistently outstanding magazine feature column: Jane Bryant Quinn, Newsweek.

- Outstanding magazine spot news photography: Frank Wohl, Newsweek, for his picture of the execution of an accused Sandinista spy by contra forces in Nicaragua.

- Outstanding magazine feature photography: Peter Marlow, Newsweek, for his picture of a Vietnam veteran visiting the Vietnam Memorial on the 10th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.

- Outstanding syndicate sports photography: Peter Kemp, The Associated Press, New York, for his photograph of a roller skating contest.

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