The Star's Our Big Problem on obesity in Alabama won top honors in the public service category. A link to all the of the articles in the series is here. Anniston's Darin Sims smartly summed up the stakes of the issue during one of the Star's community conversations: "We spend way too many dollars on health care. It’s a threat to our national well-being, our national security. The wealth of our nation is being spent in the wrong places. There should be more of a national focus on it."
The Star picked up a third-place honor in the freedom of information category for its Air War series - Star project examines how political campaign money is spent for TV time.
Eddie Burkhalter was second in best feature for Southern Flight 242: In 1977, in the tiny town of New Hope, a plane crashed in my yard.
In the Best In-depth News Coverage category Cameron Steele was third for Courts & Rehab: Some local, state officials at odds over how to treat drug offenders .
Second place in Best Spot News Story was for Depot to lay of 500 by Laura Camper, Tim Lockette and Patrick McCreless.
Links to other first-place winners in the writing categories:
1st place in the Best Editorial category for Bob Davis’ “Montgomery Meltdown”
1st place in Best Humorous Column for Lisa Davis’ “Where there’s a smoke alarm”