The Tribune-Herald won a Katie Award Saturday night at a banquet at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas for its reporting about the Branch Davidians, a cult group that lived on almost 80 acres of land near Waco.
The Texas Katie Awards are sponsored by the Press Club of Dallas Foundation to honor “outstanding achievement in journalism and mass communications.” Winners receive a statuette.
The winning category for the Tribune-Herald was spot news story for “Black Monday,” which contained stories published April 20 after the residence of the Branch Davidians went up in flames. Members of the cult group holed up inside the fort-like residence for 51 days after Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to arrest their leader Feb. 28.
The winners are Tribune-Herald staff members Brian Blansett, Lynn Bulmahn, Douglas Doe, Mark England, Christopher Hall, Bechetta Jackson, Darlene McCormick, Mia Moody, Drew Parma, Lee Schexnaider, Teresa Talerico, Bret Tate and Tommy Witherspoon.
The Tribune-Herald’s coverage of the first days of the siege, “Tragedy at Mount Carmel” was also nominated for the spot news category.
The Tribune-Herald was also nominated for best daily newspaper for medium and small market newspapers — an award that went to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. John Young, editorial page editor, was nominated for best column writing. Laura Miller of the Dallas Observer won that award.
Television station KWTX Channel 10 in Waco won three Katie awards in the medium- and small-market television station category.
KWTX staff members Mike Kinney, John McLemore, Dan Mulloney, Jim Peeler and Rick Bradfield won the general news story category for “Assault on Mount Carmel,” the station’s coverage of the federal agents’ raid on Mount Carmel.
KWTX staff member Paul Otter won in the sports feature category for a piece called “Challengers’ Little League.”
And, in the scheduled sports programming category, KWTX staff members Graham Hagood and John Morris won for “Grant Teaff — 21 Years of Excellence.”