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Iowa APME awards for 2018 contest

February 8, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Winners of the 2018 Iowa Association Press Media Editors newspaper contest were announced Friday in Des Moines.

Sixteen daily newspapers submitted 528 entries in the contest. A list of winners can be found at: http://discover.ap.org/contests/Iowa-newspaper.

The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

Winners in the 2018 Iowa APME Newspaper Contest:

DIVISION III:

Business: 1, Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal, “Grain Elevator Safety Improves, but Risks Remain”; 2, Jeff Montgomery, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “The Impact of Automation”; 3, Jeff Montgomery, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Small-Town Theaters.”

Business Feature: 1, Kevin Hardy, The Des Moines Register, “From Younkers to ‘Junkers.’ What Went Wrong”; 2, Amie Steffen, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “Day Care Shortage Hampers Economy”; 3, Jeff Montgomery, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Mall Memories.”

Lifestyle Feature: 1, Dolly Butz, Sioux City Journal, “As Rural Ob Units Close, Northwest Iowa Women Travel Farther to Deliver”; 2, Courtney Crowder, The Des Moines Register, “This is My America, Too”; 3, Courtney Crowder, The Des Moines Register, “Life in the Fast Lane.”

Continuing News Coverage: 1, Tony Leys, The Des Moines Register, “Iowa’s Mental Health Crisis”; 2, Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal, “USS Sioux City”; 3, Alma Gaul, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “Storm water run off takes its toll.”

Editorials: 1, The Des Moines Register, “Another Iowa Mental Health Horror Story”; 2, Brian Cooper and Amy Gilligan, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Millwork Parking: Too Much Too Soon”; 3, The Des Moines Register, “Liability, Transparency and Accountability Needed for Gun-Toting Iowans.”

General Feature: 1, Andrew Wind, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “Paradise Lost”; 2, Jim Swenson, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Fervent Fans”; 3, Allie Hinga, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “From Mentorship to Friendship.”

Interpretive Story or Series: 1, Sioux City Journal, “Homeless in Siouxland”; 2, Tony Leys, The Des Moines Register, “Iowa’s Mental Health Crisis”; 3, Kathy A. Bolten, The Des Moines Register, “Before the Crash.”

Investigative Reporting: 1, John Kruse, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “East Dubuque Investigation”; 2, Brianne Pfannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, “Candidate for Governor, Sexual Misconduct”; 3, Jason Clayworth, The Des Moines Register, “How a Gaming Geek With a Checkered Past.”

Spot News Reporting: 1, Kyle Munson, The Des Moines Register, “Half My Family Is Gone: Mom Mourns”; 2, Mike Kilen, The Des Moines Register, “Urbandale Couple Escapes Death in Flash Flood”; 3, Sioux City Journal, “1 Hospitalized, Dozens Evacuated After Explosion.”

News Graphics: 1, The Des Moines Register, “3rd District Candidates Face Off”; 2, Mike Day, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Layers of a Landfill”; 3, Mike Day, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “What Used to Be.”

Sports Enterprise: 1, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “New Game in Town; Everybody’s a Gamer; Gaming Goes Golden”; 2, Danny Lawhon, The Des Moines Register, “Why Iowa Schools Won’t Sell Beer to the Masses”; 3, Matthew Bain, The Des Moines Register, “A Lot of Trust Was Violated.”

Sports Feature: 1, Tommy Birch, The Des Moines Register, “Brain Tumor Never Far From Pevey’s Thoughts”; 2, John Naughton, The Des Moines Register, “Attitude Over Obstacles”; 3, Matt Coss, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “Often Misunderstood, Ailing Maquoketa Coaching Icon Cared.”

Sports Spot News: 1, Mark Emmert, The Des Moines Register, “Playing Above the Pain”; 2, Matthew Bain, The Des Moines Register, “Former Youth Coach Allegedly Had Sexual Images”; 3, Bobby Metcalf, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “Quad-City Mallards to Cease Operations at End of Season.”

Business Photo: 1, Nicki Kohl, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Hog Farmer”; 2, Jessica Reilly, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Spot Welding”; 3, Dave Kettering, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Corn Chop.”

Feature Photo: 1, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, “Image From RAGBRAI 2018”; 2, Kelsey Kremer, The Des Moines Register, “How privatized Medicaid is systematically denying hundreds of disabled Iowans the medical equipment their doctors say they need”; 3, Dave Kettering, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Beauty From Above.”

General News Photo: 1, Jessica Reilly, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Emotional Verdict”; 2, Nicki Kohl, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Candidate Forum”; 3, Dave Kettering, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Daughter’s Ashes.”

Picture Story: 1, Brian Powers, The Des Moines Register, “The Hawkeye Wave”; 2, Andy Abeyta, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “Meth: On Patrol in Fulton, Illinois.”; 3, Eileen Meslar, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Guts to Get in the Ring.”

Sports Action Photo: 1, Andy Abeyta, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “Under Pressure”; 2, Brandon Pollock, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “Northern Iowa/Hampton Football”; 3, Dave Kettering, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Face Grab.”

Sports Feature Photo: 1, Bryon Houlgrave, The Des Moines Register, “USA Continues Dominance at World Cup Wrestling”; 2, Dave Kettering, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Softball Celebration”; 3, Eileen Meslar, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Walk-Off Win.”

Spot News Photo: 1, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, “1 Dead, Several Seriously Injured in 50-Car Pileup Near Ames on I-35”; 2, Andy Abeyta, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “Missing Son”; 3, Dave Kettering, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Crowd Control.”

DIVISION II:

Business: 1, Sara Jordan-Heintz, Marshalltown Times-Republican, “Cecil’s Cafe Closes”; 2, Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, “Blast Off.”

Business Feature: 1, Douglas Burns, Carroll Daily Times Herald, “The Big Cork Pop”; 2, Zach Berg, Iowa City Press-Citizen, “The 40-Year History of Prairie Lights Bookstore”; 3, Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, “Demolition to Give Way.”

Lifestyle Feature: 1, Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, “Moving Forward”; 2, Charlene Bielema, Clinton Herald, “A Place to Call Home”; 3, Jacqueline Covey, Clinton Herald, “Swing Your Partner.”

Continuing News Coverage: 1, Jared Strong, Carroll Daily Times Herald, “Problem Officer”; 2, Scott Levine and Charlene Bielema, Clinton Herald, “No Boundaries: Opioids on the Rise”; 3, Joe Sutter, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, “Tales of the Pipeline.”

Editorials: 1, Marshalltown Times-Republican, “We Will Recover If We Are Marshalltown Strong”; 2, Matt Milner, The Ottumwa Courier, “Time for Barr to Walk Away”; 3, Matt Milner, The Ottumwa Courier, “Where’s the Beef, Mayor?.”

General Feature: 1, Annie Mehl and Nik Heftman, Carroll Daily Times Herald, “Sudanese in Carroll”; 2, Blake Baxter, The (Council Bluffs) Daily Nonpareil, “Born a Fighter: Student in Iowa School for the Deaf”; 3, Zach Berg, Iowa City Press-Citizen, “Remembering ‘The Miracle Season’ .”

Interpretive Story or Series: 1, Elizabeth Meyer, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “Police Shooting Files Released”; 2, Michaele Niehaus-Steffensmeier, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “School Budget Realities”; 3, Michaele Niehaus-Steffensmeier, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “Guns and Schools.”

Investigative Reporting: 1, Kyle Ocker and Colin Peters, (Centerville) Ad Express & Daily Iowegian, “Indian Hills Community College”; 2, Jared Strong, Carroll Daily Times Herald, “Problem Officer”; 3, Mike Bell, The (Council Bluffs) Daily Nonpareil, “Children of Slain Pottawattamie County Deputy Never Received Donations.”

Spot News Reporting: 1, The Ottumwa Courier, “Bridal Cottage Fire”; 2, Michaele Niehaus-Steffensmeier and Elizabeth Meyer, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “Tama Complex Fire”; 3, Marshalltown Times-Republican, “Roofing Death.”

News Graphics: 1, Stephen Peters, Clinton Herald, “Salary Comparison”; 2, Stephen Peters, Clinton Herald, “No Boundaries: Opioids on the Rise.”

Sports Enterprise: 1, Chris Johnson, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, “Forever Young/Lasting Legacy.”

Sports Feature: 1, Larry Peterson, Creston News Advertiser, “Fit for the Pit”; 2, John Bohnenkamp, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “Cleaning Up the Past”; 3, Brandon Hurley, Carroll Daily Times Herald, “Success Through Experimentation.”

Sports Spot News: 1, John Bohnenkamp, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “A Miss That He Wanted”; 2, Ross Thede, Marshalltown Times-Republican, “Marshalltown’s Whirlwind Season Ends”; 3, Eric Pratt, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, “Dodger Denny’ Dies.”

Business Photo: 1, John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “Dance Class”; 2, John Gaines, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “TeriYaki Madness”; 3, John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “Hotel Open House Bed Check.”

Feature Photo: 1, John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “Last Day of School”; 2, John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “Dog Kiss”; 3, Emily Barske, Marshalltown Times-Republican, “Clock Work.”

General News Photo: 1, John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “Tama Building Fire”; 2, John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “Student Funeral”; 3, Chad Thompson, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, “Mission Accomplished.”

Picture Story: 1, Emily Barske, Marshalltown Times-Republican, “A Peek Inside the Marshall County Courthouse”; 2, John Gaines and John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “Tama Complex Fire”; 3, John Gaines, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “Colorful Snowfall.”

Sports Action Photo: 1, Britt Kudla, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, “Battling Back”; 2, Britt Kudla, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, “Dodgers Make a Statement”; 3, Chris Zoeller, (Mason City) Globe Gazette, “Play at the Plate.”

Sports Feature Photo: 1, Chris Zoeller, (Mason City) Globe Gazette, “State Track”; 2, Britt Kudla, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, “FD’s Fierke Puts On a Show”; 3, John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “Father Daughter Ride.”

Spot News Photo: 1, John Lovretta, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “Fire Rescue”; 2, Chris Zoeller, (Mason City) Globe Gazette, “Live Wire”; 3, Emily Barske, Marshalltown Times-Republican, “Devastated.”

DIVISION II, DIVISION III:

First Amendment: The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “Autumn Steele Records.”

Bill Wundram Column Writing: Rekha Basu, The Des Moines Register

Newswriting Sweepstakes: The Des Moines Register

Photo Sweepstakes: The (Burlington) Hawk Eye

Iowa Associated Press Member of the Year: Quad-City Times