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KPA Awards Night

April 25th, 2009 at 9:40 pm


So, each Tuesday I write about 650 words for The Emporia Gazette.


Tonight I felt very honored to pick up this nice piece of wood and thin sheet of metal.

My three columns that were judged as a unit were:  “Per Aspera,”  “Storm Season,” and “Mellencamp’s ‘Small Town.'”

The Kansas Press Association Awards were held this evening at the Airport Hilton in Wichita. Eighty-nine Kansas newspapers submitted more than 2,800 entries. The contest was judged by Louisiana journalists.


Me and Gwen Larson, Managing Editor of The Emporia Gazette.

Also representing The Emporia Gazette: In the column-writing category, Ashley Knecht Walker received a second place award. In sports writing, Michael Ashford and Jesse Newell won first place awards. And Newell and C. J. Moore received third place awards, also for sports writing. Read more here.

Thanks to you all for reading my columns, for your comments and encouragement. Thanks to The Gazette for giving me space to spill my words. And thanks to my sweet Dave for, well, gosh, everything.

Oh, and he wasn’t there tonight, but my friend Tom Parker won all kinds of writing awards for the Washington County News.

(Photos by Dave Leiker.)

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  1. elebrown
    April 25th, 2009 at 22:27 | #1

    Wow!! Congratulations on this well-deserved honor! We all know that you are a terrific, wonderful, magical writer and now others have noticed that, too! YEA Cheryl!!

  2. heineken160
    April 25th, 2009 at 22:32 | #2

    Congratulations, Cheryl, and to the Gazette staff.

  3. April 26th, 2009 at 08:48 | #3

    Congratulations, Cheryl. You looked beautiful!
    I loved the sign – “First Place Emporia Gazette Cheryl Unruh”
    That even had beauty!
    Also, Congratulations to Tom. FOP is very honored to have such talented friends to be associated with.
    We are very proud!
    And . . Congratulations to the Gazette staff!

  4. heineken160
    April 26th, 2009 at 08:58 | #4

    Congratulations. Tom. I tried to find a press release yesterday with all the awards listed but didn’t.

  5. cheryl
    April 26th, 2009 at 09:02 | #5

    Thanks, Roger, Ele and Onnalee! 🙂

    Roger, here’s the PDF list of winners. They didn’t post it until after the awards ceremony. http://www.kspress.com/mms/import-export/20161646_2009aoewinners.pdf

    They read every one of these names last night.

  6. April 26th, 2009 at 10:05 | #6

    Absolutely well-deserved award! You are great, and I love following this blog. Glad to see that the Cajuns can appreciate it, too! Keep up the good work.


  7. Weeta
    April 26th, 2009 at 10:10 | #7

    Congratulations, Cheryl! You deserve it. I enjoy reading your writings and site. Because of it, I feel like I’ve “almost” been to Kansas. Hope to someday.

  8. Kris
    April 26th, 2009 at 13:00 | #8

    Thumbs up, and huzzah! (I wanted to say different words for “congratulations..”)

    I read your column here because I don’t ever see the Emporia paper, and I always enjoy it.

  9. Ray A. Randolph
    April 26th, 2009 at 18:46 | #9

    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

  10. cheryl
    April 26th, 2009 at 19:17 | #10

    Thanks, everyone! You’re the best!

  11. englishbloke
    April 27th, 2009 at 06:28 | #11

    Brilliant! I’m absolutely delighted for you.

  12. April 27th, 2009 at 07:21 | #12

    Congratulations, Cheryl! I always love reading your columns. I’m so glad you post them here, or I’d never have seen them.

    I love Tom’s writing, too. Something about it just speaks to my soul. I’m glad I followed the link to his blog from your page. I need to buy a copy of his book. (Maybe I should head to amazon.com now before I forget again!)

    Hey, you don’t have a book out there, do you? Does Dave have a nice big coffee table book of his photography? I’m so glad I found you wonderful, creative Kansas people:o)

  13. Marc
    April 27th, 2009 at 09:27 | #13

    Congratulations, Cheryl! You’re the best, and now you have the “nice piece of wood and thin sheet of metal” to prove it! We salute you!

  14. April 27th, 2009 at 10:44 | #14

    congratulations!!!!! keep up the good works. we will be watching.
    brigitte and max

  15. April 27th, 2009 at 13:14 | #15

    Congratulations Cheryl! You look so elegant for the evening. As I said before, you well deserve this award, my favorite writer you.


  16. April 27th, 2009 at 20:28 | #16

    Congratulations on the well-deserved award!

  17. Johanna
    April 30th, 2009 at 08:21 | #17

    What an honor! I’ve been meaning to stop by and congratulate you. 🙂 Now find a prominent place to hang that award! 🙂