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The Great Plains Journalism Awards promote the highest standards of journalism. The annual awards are presented by the Tulsa Press Club and Benevolent Association. We invite journalists from newspapers and magazines across the region to enter their best work from the past calendar year. 

The eight-state competition includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.


2020 Great Plains Journalism Awards Winners

Multimedia & Web

  • Online Project Winner - Whitney Bryen, Oklahoma Watch

  • News Feature Video Winner - Sterling Zoe Rubottom, Cicely Rubottom, Gabriel Jaggernauth, The Oracle – Oral Roberts University

  • Multimedia Graphic, Project or Series - Yutao Chen, Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Best Website Design, Project – Staff, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


  • News Writing - Betty Casey, Tulsa Kids Magazine

  • Feature Writing - Doug Meigs, Omaha Magazine

  • Profile Writing – Doug Meigs, Omaha Magazine

  • Column Writing - Nathan Gunter, Oklahoma Today

  • Lifestyle Writing - Julius Frederick, Omaha Magazine

  • Food Feature Writing - Greg Elwell, Oklahoma Today

  • Reader Service - Nathan Poppe, The Curbside Chronicle

  • Arts & Culture Writing - Nathan Poppe, The Curbside Chronicle

  • Graphic/Illustration - Joshua Boydston, The Curbside Chronicle

  • Page Design, Profile - Matt Wieczorek, Omaha Magazine

  • Page Design, Lifestyle – Mady Besch, Omaha Magazine

  • Page Design, Reader Service - William Muschinske, The Curbside Chronicle

  • Page Design, General - Matt Wieczorek, Omaha Magazine

  • Page Design, Portfolio - Meera Nagarjan, Allyson Mace, Sauce Magazine

  • Magazine Cover - Nathan Gunter, Lori Duckworth, Steven Walker, Oklahoma Today


  • Specialty Photography, Newspaper - Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

  • Newspaper Portrait Photography – Mike Simons, Tulsa World

  • General News Photography - Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

  • Spot News Photography - Staton Breidenthal, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • News Photography, Multiple - Matt Gade, The Daily Republic

  • Feature Photography, Single - Mike Simons, Tulsa World

  • Sports Action Photography – Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

  • Sports Feature Photography – Ian Maule, Tulsa World

  • Magazine Portrait - Bill Sitzmann, Omaha Magazine

  • Magazine Specialty Photography – Ryan West, The Curbside Chronicle

  • Magazine Photography, Multiple – Nathan Poppe, The Curbside Chronicle

  • Magazine Lifestyle Photography - Bill Sitzmann, Omaha Magazine

  • Magazine Fashion Photography - Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

  • Magazine Photography, Feature - Eric Francis, Hail Varsity


  • News Package - Ashley Parrish, James Royal, Andrea Eger, Ian Maule, Tulsa World

  • Project/Investigative Reporting - Henry Cordes, Erin Duffy, Omaha World-Herald

  • General News Reporting - Emily Nitcher, Joe Dejka, Omaha World-Herald

  • General News Continuing Coverage - Lisa Hammersly, Ginny Monk, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Narrative Story/Series - Dirk Chatelain, Omaha World-Herald

  • Beat Reporting - Bart Pfankuch, South Dakota News Watch

  • Feature Writing - Erin Grace, Omaha World-Herald

  • Business Feature - Henry Cordes, Erin Duff, Omaha World-Herald

  • Business Reporting - Bart Pfankuch, South Dakota News Watch

  • Sports Reporting - Joe Mussatto, The Oklahoman

  • Sports Feature - Chris Heady, Omaha World-Herald

  • Sports Column - Dirk Chatelain, Omaha World-Herald

  • Review - Brandy McDonnell, The Oklahoman

  • Food - Denise Neil, Wichita Eagle

  • Entertainment Feature - Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Specialty Feature - Michael Smith, Tulsa World

  • Special Section – Staff, Omaha World-Herald

  • News Page Design - Tammy Yttri, Omaha World-Herald

  • Feature Page Design - Jessica Thompson, Omaha World-Herald

  • Sports Page Design - Jeff Patterson, The Oklahoman

  • Graphic/Illustration - Matt Haney, Omaha World-Herald

  • Editorial Cartoon - John Deering, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Editorial Portfolio – Wayne Greene, Tulsa World

  • News Column - John Brummett, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Headline - Cory Gilinsky, Omaha World-Herald

Best of Great Plains

  • Student Broadcast of the Year - DITV, The Daily Iowan

  • Student Website of the Year -, The Daily Iowan - The University of Iowa

  • Student Newspaper of the Year - The University Daily Kansan, The University of Kansas

  • Website of the Year - 40/29 News,

  • Magazine Photographer of the Year - John Snyder, 605 Magazine

  • Magazine Writer of the Year - Jordan Hickey, Arkansas Life Magazine

  • Magazine of the Year – Oklahoma Today

  • Designer of the Year - Tammy Yttri, Omaha World-Herald

  • Newspaper Photographer of the Year – Ian Maule, Tulsa World

  • Newspaper Writer of the Year - Peter Salter, Lincoln Journal Star

  • Newspaper of the Year – Omaha World- Herald


Dan Harrison Memorial Scholarships

  • Student Photographer or the Year - Katina Zentz, The Daily Iowan – The University of Iowa

  • Student Writer of the Year - Julia Shanahan, The Daily Iowan – The University of Iowa

  • Student Editor-in-Chief of the Year - Marissa Payne, The Daily Iowan – The University of Iowa

  • Student Designer of the Year - Jim Geerdes, The Daily Iowan – University of Iowa

  • Student Broadcaster of the Year - Keely Drew McCormick, KUJH – The University of Kansas

If you have any questions about the event, please email Becki Watson, Tulsa Press Club executive director at or call the Tulsa Press Club at  (918) 583-7737.

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!


Publisher Sponsors

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma

Cherokee Nation Businesses


Executive Editor Sponsors


Editor Sponsors

Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Langdon Publishing

Trust Company of Oklahoma

Tulsa Community College

Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, L.L.P.

Reporter Sponsors

Resolute PR

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