Elizabethton Star wins 9 TPA Awards
Published 8:48 am Monday, July 20, 2015
KNOXVILLE — The Elizabethton Star garnered nine awards, including three first place honors, during the 75th annual Tennessee Press Association awards ceremony Thursday night.
Newspaper writers, editors, designers and publishers from across the state were honored during the TPA contest, which was co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee.
The Elizabethton Star won first place honors for Best Makeup and Appearance and also for Best Community Lifestyles. In the category of Best Special Section or Issue the Star brought home the second place award.
Star reporter and photographer Bryce Phillips won first place for Best Feature Photograph. The Star also brought home fourth place honors in that same category.
Jeanne Cope, who writes a weekly column titled The Joyful Gardener, won fourth place in the category for Best Personal Humor Column.
Star reporter and photographer Abby Morris-Frye won three awards at the annual event — fourth place for Best Single Feature Story, a third place UT Edward J. Meeman Foundation Award for Public Service Journalism, and a second place award in the category of Investigative Reporting.
Lynn Richardson, publisher of the Star, was also honored with a third place UT Edward J. Meeman Foundation Award for Public Service Journalism.
“We are very pleased with our awards. They are the result of a lot of hard work by a very talented staff,” Richardson said. “We will continue to provide our readers with excellent content that is both factual and relevant to our community.”
“None of our success would be possible without the support of our readers and we thank them,” she added.
The TPA and University of Tennessee partnership began holding the annual contest in 1940.
“Seventy-five years is an impressive milestone in UT’s partnership with the Tennessee Press Association,” UT System President Joe DiPietro said. “Our partnership is successful because of our mutual commitment to providing information that makes a difference in the lives of Tennesseans every day, and I look forward to growing that partnership in the future.”