PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Morning Sun is proud to announce that our editorial staff have won several 2020 Awards of Excellence from the Kansas Press Association.

Staff Writer Stephanie Potter is winner of the first place feature story award in the KPA’s daily newspaper Division Two for her article “Local wife shares her story about being a caretaker for her ill husband.” Potter is also second place winner in the local business story category for her article “Palluccas carries on community tradition” and in the feature photo category for “Special Needs Prom.” She is third place winner in the Morning Sun’s division for her feature photo “Summer Fun!”

Sports Editor Dashuan Vereen is third place winner in the Morning Sun’s division for best sports feature story for his article “Oscar Birt punches ticket to KSHSAA Hall-Of-Fame.”

Staff writer Jonathan Riley is first place winner for best health story in the Morning Sun’s division for his article “The End of an Era for Southeast Kansas Healthcare.” Along with Michael Braga and Patrick Richardson, he is also winner of first place awards for best series and best investigative story for the series “Rural hospital closures and fraud.” Riley is also second place winner in the news story category and third place winner in the government/political story category for his article “Chaos in Frontenac” and third place winner in the best series category in the Morning Sun’s division for his “Pittsburg electric municipalization” series.

The 2020 Awards of Excellence will be presented March 20 at the annual Kansas Press Association Convention, which is taking place in Newton and which Morning Sun staff are planning to attend.

The Morning Sun is thankful to our readers for their continued support in making our community journalism possible.