Another Triple Crown for The Star

The Kansas City Star’s Sports Daily section has captured another Triple Crown — a top-10 ranking in daily section, Sunday section and special section. Judging by The Associated Press Sports Editors was done in Orlando.
It was The Star’s second straight Triple Crown and its third since 2003. No other paper with circulation over 250,000 won the Triple Crown this year.
The Star also won nine top-10 writing awards.
•Joe Posnanski and Jason Whitlock placed in the top 10 for column writing, the second time in the past three years they have done so.
•Bill Reiter and Blair Kerkhoff won in the explanatory stories category for pieces on the MU-KU rivalry.
•In feature writing, Sam Mellinger won for a story about figure skater Tonya Harding, Posnanski placed for a story from Japan about Royals manager Trey Hillman, and Reiter won for a profile of a Royals prospect.
•In the game-story category, Posnanski won for his story about Zach Johnson winning the Masters golf championship, and Reiter won for a story about a drag race.
•In project reporting, The Star won a top-10 ranking for a package that examined the influence of money in football. Contributing to that project were Candace Buckner, Randy Covitz, Kerkhoff, Jason King, J. Brady McCollough, Mellinger, Posnanski, Reiter, Howard Richman, Adam Teicher and Mechelle Voepel.
During the past five years, The Star has won more top-10 awards than any other paper in the 250,000 and over circulation division.
Its award in the special section category was for a preview devoted to pitching aces.
—from The Kansas City Star

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