Coastal Star wins 13 Florida Press Club awards

A comprehensive recap by Randy Schultz and Mary Kate Leming of the 1984 Karen Slattery murder and the status of her killer on Death Row won The Coastal Star journalists a top award from the Florida Press Club in its annual Excellence in Journalism Contest last month.
Schultz and Leming won the Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting for the story.
The Coastal Star won 12 additional awards for page design, photography, arts writing, environmental writing, general news writing, light feature writing, minority reporting and public safety reporting.
Winners included: Thom Smith, first place for Commentary Writing; Willie Howard, first place for Environmental Writing; Jerry Lower, second place for General News Photography; Lucy Lazarony, second place for Art News Reporting; Mary Thurwachter, second place for Light Features  Writing; Ron Hayes, second place for Minority Reporting; Dan Moffett, second place in Government News Writing, and Public Safety Reporting, and third place for General News Writing; Scott Simmons, third place for Feature Page Design Layout; Greg Stepanich, third place for Arts News Reporting and Rich Pollack, third place for Public Safety Reporting.
The 65-year-old Press Club presented awards during the annual convention Nov. 7 at the Seminole Hard Rock & Casino in Hollywood.
— Staff Report

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