AWARD-WINNING STAFF: The Medical Leader staff is pictured with awards received during the Kentucky Press Association’s 2017 Winter Convention held in Louisville on Jan. 19-20. The staff brought home a record number of 53 awards, including first place General Excellence in advertising and third place General Excellence in editorial.
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GENERAL EXCELLENCE: Medical Leader wins record 53 KPA awards

Abigail Gibson

PIKEVILLE — The Medical Leader was honored with a record total of 53 advertising and editorial awards by the Kentucky Press Association (KPA) during KPA’s 2017 Winter Convention held in Louisville.


The Medical Leader won first place overall in Advertising Excellence and third-place in Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers, along with 14 first-place, 21 second-place and 16 third-place awards.


Digital entries, dated from Oct. 1 2015 through Sept. 30, 2016, were submitted by newspapers across the Commonwealth for judging. The General Excellence awards recognize exceptional achievement and professional excellence among local newspapers in the state.


First place Advertising Excellence awards include:


•Department/Discount/Jewelry – Ellen Blackburn and April Clevenger


•Food/Alcohol – Amy Hall Dean and Stacey Walters


•Furniture – Ellen Blackburn and Stacey Walters


•Real Estate


•Special Sections


•Group Promotion


•Political Advertising – Ellen Blackburn and Jordan Compton


•Agriculture – Amy Hall Dean and Jordan Compton


•Best Use of Color – Amy Hall Dean and Jordan Compton


•Holiday Greeting Ads/Misc. – Ellen Blackburn


•Special Events


•Best Online/Digital Ad – Amy Hall Dean


First place Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers awards include:


•Best Column – Teddy Paynter


•Best Sports Picture Essay – Teddy Paynter


Graphic Designer Katie Maynard was also awarded for her work.


“The Medical Leader has proven itself in a big way to be a leading newspaper statewide. I’m so proud of the entire team for this amazing showing at KPA, which goes to show that hard work truly does pay off,” said Laura Damron, Director of Public Relations and Medical Leader. “We have a very dedicated team of individuals who take tremendous pride in their work.”


KPA was founded in Jan. 13, 1869, in Frankfort. KPA is the nation’s 10th oldest state press association. Today, the KPA communicates information about the Kentucky newspaper industry to a worldwide audience.