Land Line, OOIDA researchers garner praise at KC Press Club awards

| Monday, June 11, 2007

It may have been the tidy stack of accolades Land Line Magazine and “Land Line Now” staffers collected at the annual Heart of America Awards ceremony that caught the eye of their media peers in attendance.

But for OOIDA, one of the top honors at Saturday night’s event – organized by the Kansas City Press Club, a local affiliate of the Society of Professional Journalists – went to someone who wasn’t even a part of the Association’s magazine or XM Satellite Radio show.

Steve Everly, a reporter for the Kansas City Star, earned a first-place award in the Investigative Reporting category for his series, “Hot Fuel,” which was inspired by and focused on the research of OOIDA Foundation Project Leader John Siebert.

Everly’s series – which called out the issue of lacking temperature compensation at the fuel pumps – has raised the blood pressure of consumers and lawmakers nationwide, and prompted a U.S. House subcommittee hearing by Ohio representative and Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich.

“Solid research and good writing bring clarity to a national pocketbook issue,” the contest’s judges said of the article in their written comments.

If anything, those comments are an understatement, considering the amount of attention the series has garnered in the journalistic world. Everly has also been honored with three national awards – the Scripps Howard Foundation’s William Brewster Styles National Business and Economic Reporting award, the Institute on Political Journalism’s National Award on Economic Reporting, and an award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers – as well as five other awards.

But Everly wasn’t the only one to take home an award at Saturday night’s event.

Land Line Magazine and staff received a second-place award in the Trade Publication category, and the Land Line Web site, landlinemag.com, and its staff received a third-place award.

The Land Line Magazine staff also received a third-place award in the Public Service Project category for its August/September 2006 special section “Winds of Change,” which tackled the intricacies of idling reduction problems and solutions.

“An excellent job of gathering information so important not only to the trucking industry but also to many other people,” the judges wrote. “These articles are really important because they not only explain what has happened and why, but also what changes need to be considered.”

State Legislative Editor Keith Goble earned an honorable mention in the same category for his own October 2006 special section, “Truck Vote.”

Online Editor Aaron Ladage received a second-place award in the Best Magazine Story category for the May 2006 article, “Mind If I Look in Your Truck?” which investigated truckers’ Fourth Amendment rights when they’re behind the wheel.

“Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio also took home several awards, including an honorable mention in the Radio Feature category for News Anchor Reed Black and Sound Engineer James Fetzer for “The Gun Trucks,” a Veterans’ Day feature.

The radio show also took home an honorable mention in the Talk Radio category for Host Mark Reddig and Sound Engineer Barry Spillman.

To see the complete winners’ list, click here.

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