HDN staff brings in 47 awards in annual KPA contest

By The Hays Daily News

The staff of The Hays Daily News earned 47 awards in the 2013 Kansas Press Association's Awards of Excellence for entries published during the 2012 calendar year. The press association in Wisconsin served as judges in this year's contest.

The awards will be delivered at the KPA's annual convention in May in Topeka.

"We are humbled by this recognition from our peers," said managing editor Ron Fields. "The men and women of The Hays Daily News continue to prove year-in and year-out that this publication is the most reliable and consistent news source in northwest Kansas, as well as the most effective vehicle for advertisers to reach customers."

In its 83rd year of publication, The Hays Daily News has a staff of 15 editors, reporters and photographers; eight advertising professionals; six circulation and business experts; and a digital media expert.


Religion story: Gayle Weber, first

Agricultural story: Mike Corn, first

Youth story: Mike Corn, first

Column writing: Mike Corn, first

Photo package: Nick Schwien, Steven Hausler and Raymond Hillegas, first

Best use of photos: staff, first

Editorial pages: staff, first

Feature package: Dawne Leiker, Nick Schwien and Steven Hausler, first

Headline writing: Ron Fields, first

Government/political: Dawne Leiker, second

Religion story: Gayle Weber, second

Youth story: Diane Gasper-O'Brien, second

Sports column writing: Conor Nicholl, second

News and writing excellence: staff, second

Photo package: Nick Schwien, second

Design and layout: staff, second

Online video feature: Something Edible, staff, second

Environmental story: Mike Corn, second

Environmental portrait: Steven Hausler, second

Editorial writing: Ron Fields, second

News story: Conor Nicholl, third

Investigative story: Randy Gonzales, third

Series: Gayle Weber, third

Editorial writing: Patrick Lowry, third

Government/political story: Mike Corn, third

Agricultural story: Mike Corn, third

News photo: Mike Corn, third

Sports pages: Nick McQueen, Klint Spiller and Conor Nicholl, third

Infographic: Nick McQueen, third

Environmental story: Mike Corn, third

Best story/photo combination: Mike Corn and Steven Hausler, third


Best political ad: Eber Phelps series, Joleen Fisher, first

Best entertainment ad: Carlos O'Kelly's -- Happy Hour, Sandra Harder, first

Best furniture ad: Genuine Appliance, Joleen Fisher, second

Best hardware ad: Western Stone, Eric Rathke, second

Best online static ad: 8th Street Liquor, Elisha Jones, second

Most adaptable promotion: Salina Christmas, Sandra Harder, second

Best grocery ad: Hays City Quality Meats, Eric Rathke, third

Best hardware ad: Heartland Building Center, Sandra Harder, third

Best health care ad: Home Healthcare Services of Western Kansas, Joleen Fisher, third

Best political ad: Barb Wasinger series, Joleen Fisher, third

Best agricultural ad: Simpson Farm Enterprises, Eric Rathke, third

Best ad series: Furniture Look, Sandra Harder, third

Best community event: Ellis County Fair, Eric Rathke, third

Most adaptable promotion: High School Sports, Mary Karst, third

Best online motion ad: Fur is Flying, Tiffany Reddig and Eric Rathke, third

Best special section: 2012 Calendar, Mary Karst and staff, third