Awards

National Association of County Information Officers
  • 2010 Best In Show Award
    For Historic Truman Courthouse Renovations Public Relations Campaign

Greater Kansas City Public Employees Recognition Awards
  • 2016 Distinguished Technical Service Award
     

  • 2009 Distinguished Technical Service Award

Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
  • July 2002 Employee of the Month

Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest
  • 2013 Best Sports Feature   |   Honorable Mention
    Platte County Citizen (Freelance)
     

  • 1998 Best Sports Coverage   |   2nd Place
    Cameron Citizen-Observer
     

  • 1998 Best Sports Article   |   Honorable Mention
    Cameron Citizen-Observer

     

  • 1997 Best Sports Coverage   |   1st Place
    Cameron Citizen-Observer

     

  • 1997 Best Feature Story   |   3rd Place
    Cameron Citizen-Observer
     

  • 1997 Best Feature Story   |   Honorable Mention
    Cameron Citizen-Observer

     

  • 1996 Best Sports Coverage   |   2nd Place
    Cameron Citizen-Observer

     

  • 1996 Best Sports Column   |   3rd Place
    Cameron Citizen-Observer

     

  • 1995 Best Sports Coverage   |   2nd Place
    Cameron Citizen-Observer

     

  • 1995 Best Sports Article   |   Honorable Mention
    Cameron Citizen-Observer

     

  • 1995 Best Sports Photo   |   Honorable Mention
    Cameron Citizen-Observer

National Press Association Better Newspaper Contest
  • 1995 Best Sports Column   |   Honorable Mention
    Cameron Citizen-Observer

An Award With Special Meaning

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Of all the awards I've won, this is the only one about which I am sentimental—the only one I still have hanging on my wall.

 

Winning the Missouri Press Association award for Best Sports Coverage became a bit of an obsession for The Cameron Citizen-Observer's publisher, Craig Watkins. Although I had offers from larger newspapers, he convinced me to give the

C-O a chance in 1994. He was one of the few small newspaper publishers willing to hire a reporter to cover sports exclusively. 

We came close to winning the big prize in 1995 and '96, finishing second. In March of 1997 we were a few weeks away from preparing our entries for that year's awards when Craig got the news: he had colon cancer. The doctors told him he probably wouldn't be alive in six months.

 

In September I received the call that we had won this award. Craig's smile was as big as ever when I told him. Lying in the hospital bed that had been moved inside his home office, he said, "We did it." He congratulated me and shook my hand.

Then he asked me how good I thought the Mizzou football team might be that fall, and he eventually said not good-bye but, instead, "I'll see you later." The last words I said to him—he passed away a few days later—were, "I'm counting on it."

- Joseph Loudon