A dramatic murder case, squandered taxpayer dollars and a mustang rescue effort are among the stories and photos that won the Daily Herald nine awards from the national Inland Press Association Tuesday.
Securing first prize in the Personality/Individual Profile category was columnist Burt Constable's feature "Who Killed Tim McNamee?" about the mystery surrounding the larger-than-life attorney's shooting.
The newspaper also came third in the prestigious Community Leadership Award, which combines all circulation categories, for its "Last Kiss" series.
"'The Last Kiss' looks at the inevitable loss of a spouse through the eyes of those who've experienced this tragedy," the judges wrote. "The series demonstrated -- whatever our divisions -- that we are all human."
Veteran Daily Herald photojournalist John Starks received three awards.
Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen accepted the honors in the Inland News Association's Newsroom and News Photo contests at an awards breakfast in Chicago Tuesday.
"We're so proud of this national recognition from such a prestigious organization as Inland," Lampinen said. "The volume of awards is a reflection of our staff's relentless dedication to quality local journalism that serves our readers and the community."
The Daily Herald competed in the largest circulation category of 50,000 and above.
Other awards include:
Diane Dungey, third place
Jake Griffin, "On Your Dime," third place
John Lampinen, "Last Kiss: Patty and Corey," third place
John Starks, "Mustangs Rescuer," second place
John Starks, "Needle Exchange," third place
John Starks, "Not This Time," second place
Marni Pyke & Staff, "Perilous Paths," third place.