Journalism awards go to OOIDA media

By Land Line staff | 6/15/2015

The staffs of Land Line Magazine and “Land Line Now” Sirius XM radio news took home a combined nine gold awards, including Public Service, Editorial/Commentary, Beat Reporting, and Investigative Reporting, at the 2015 Kansas City Press Club’s Heart of America Awards Luncheon.

The awards are judged by other member chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Land Line received a total of 13 individual and staff awards, including top honors for Public Service Project, Investigative Reporting, Editorial/Commentary, Profile and Magazine Story in the trade publications category. “Land Line Now” was recognized with gold awards in Entertainment, Editorial/Commentary and Regular Franchise Feature in the radio category.

The following Land Line staff members received Gold Awards:

  • State Legislative Editor Keith Goble and OOIDA Director of Government Affairs Ryan Bowley in public service project for the 2014 legislative guide.
  • Editor-in-Chief Sandi Soendker and Field Editor Suzanne Stempinski in profile writing for a story about OOIDA Life Member John Taylor.
  • Managing Editor Jami Jones in beat reporting for her coverage of federal regulatory affairs.
  • Contributing Writer Charlie Morasch in magazine story for his coverage of Bridgestone Tires’ work to combat Ebola in Africa.
  • Staff Writer Clarissa Hawes in investigative reporting for a story about chameleon carriers.
  • Staff Writer Greg Grisolano in editorial/commentary for a blog about a North Carolina-based newspaper columnist’s encounter with a trucker that sounded suspiciously like the plot to a certain Steven Spielberg movie.

The following “Land Line Now” staff members received Gold Awards:

  • News Anchor Reed Black and Second Engineer James Fetzer in entertainment reporting for a profile about singing trucker Brad James.
  • Senior Correspondent Terry Scruton and Second Engineer James Fetzer in regular franchise feature for Market Update.
  • Host Mark Reddig and Producer/Senior Engineer Barry Spillman in editorial/commentary for a piece about how new technology isn’t always the best answer when it comes to safety.

Receiving silver awards were Contributing Writer Bill Hudgins for a profile about a man who spent 60 years to buy the truck of his dreams; Senior Editor David Tanner in magazine story for an article about the U.S. Department of Transportation’s ongoing struggle to develop and implement entry-level driver training standards; and Editor-at-Large John Bendel in non-news column/blog for his recurring “Gizmos and Gears” feature. The staff of Land Line received silver awards for business reporting and overall business-to-business publication.

In addition, Black and Fetzer of “Land Line Now” won silver for deadline reporting/breaking news/spot news for a story about a shooter terrorizing Kansas City-area motorists. The staff members of “Land Line Now” collectively were honored with silver awards for overall news program for their March 19, 2014 show, and for a public service project, the annual Truckers For Troops telethon.

Receiving bronze awards were the staff of “Land Line Now” for news program for the June 4 2014 show; Black and Fetzer for business reporting; Grisolano for feature writing; and Soendker for business reporting.

The staff of “Land Line Now” also received an honorable mention for news program for their Aug. 27, 2014 show.

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