PR Newswire, Oct 15, 1999

Nearly 400 Finalists Chosen Among 2,000 Entries

DALLAS, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 400 journalists, photographers, editors and public relations professionals were honored last night as The Press Club of Dallas formally announced the selected finalists of the 41st Annual Katie Awards, at a reception held at Southwest Airlines General Headquarters. 123 winners will receive their coveted Katie Award statuette at a formal banquet on November 6, hosted by ABCNews 20/20 correspondent, John Quinones.

This year's Katie Awards, sponsored by Sprint Business, was open to all working journalists and public relations professionals in the five-state area of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Judging was coordinated by Jim Stovall of the University of Alabama.

Listed below are the 126 categories and the finalists. This information may also be viewed on the Press Club of Dallas website at

1. Major Market Daily Newspapers - Spot News Story

-- Coverage Team, The Dallas Morning News, "Oklahoma Tornadoes"

-- The Newsroom Staff, The Daily Oklahoman, "Tornadoes Shred State"

-- Washington Bureau/National Desk, The Dallas Morning News,


2. Major Market Daily Newspapers - General News Story

-- Linda Stewart Ball, Gayle Reaves, The Dallas Morning News, "Any

Woman Can Be a Victim"

-- Diane Jennings, Bruce Tomaso, The Dallas Morning News, "Long Term


-- Greg Jones, The Dallas Morning News, "Cambodian Confronting Evil

of Past"

-- Ed Timms, The Dallas Morning News, "Wounded Still"

3. Major Market Daily Newspapers - Feature Story

-- Seth Blomeley, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, "Life After Death Row"

-- Howard and Kathy Swindle, The Dallas Morning New, "Falling Off A


-- David Uhler, San Antonio Express-News, "Seeds of Hope"

4. Major Market Daily Newspapers - Investigative Reporting

-- Christine Biederman, Dallas Observer, "Toxic Justice"

-- Ralph Haurwitz, Ralph Barrera, Austin American-Statesman,

"Colonias Series"

-- Jen Sansbury, Waco Tribune-Herald, "Charter Promises Broken"

5. Major Market Daily Newspapers - Government/Political Story

-- Jeanne Graham, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "The Senator: Chris


-- R.G. Ratcliffe, Houston Chronicle, "Business Associates Profit

During Bush's Term as Governor"

-- Mike Ward, Austin American-Statesman, "Parole Board"

6. Major Market Daily Newspapers - Business News Story

-- Don Chaney, Jeff Porter, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, "The Color of

Home Loans in Central Arkansas"

-- Theo Francis, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, "Lobbyist Turn on the


-- Shawn Schafer, Davis Fallis, Julie Bryant, Tulsa World, "The Rise

and Fall of CFS"

7. Major Market Daily Newspapers - Business Feature Story

-- Bob Burtman, Houston Press, "Disconnected"

-- Charles Ornstein, The Dallas Morning News, "HMOs Track Patient

Care with Databases"

-- Bryan Painter, The Daily Oklahoman, "On the Harvest Road"

8. Major Market Daily Newspapers - Arts Criticism

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