The Killeen Daily Herald garnered 16 awards — including second place for Newspaper of the Year in Class AA — at the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors’ annual conference, which concluded Sunday in San Antonio.

In the last four years, the Herald has earned three second-place awards in the Newspaper of the Year category, as well as first-place honors in last year’s judging.

Class AA includes Texas daily newspapers with Sunday circulations between 10,000 and 29,999.

Judges from the Daytona Beach (Fla.) News Journal described the Herald as “a nice-sized paper with many sections, zoned editions, lots of local stories, community news and local editorials.”

One judge, News-Journal Managing Editor Cory Lancaster, singled out the Nov. 4, 2012, edition submitted by the Herald’s editors, praising the news feature package and editorial that focused on Fort Hood, three years after the Nov. 5, 2009, shootings on post.

The Herald also received six first-place awards during the weekend conference.

Herald reporter Phil Jankowski received first-place honors in the short features category for his article chronicling a graveside memorial for a slain Killeen teenager.

Sportswriter Kevin Posival won first place in the breaking sports news category for his coverage of the shocking slaying of former Killeen High School football standout Dino Cannon.

Sportswriter Alex Byington received first-place honors in the sports features category for his account of an Ellison girls basketball player’s struggle to move on after the loss of her mother.

Herald sports editors Nick Talbot and Mark Miller also won first-place honors — Talbot for sports column writing and Miller for headlines.

Former military editor Colleen Flaherty garnered a first-place award in the category of specialty reporting for a series of three articles on topics of military interest.

Other awards won by Herald staffers:

  • Rose L. Thayer, second place, features.
  • Byington, second place, breaking sports news.
  • Talbot, Posival, Byington, third place, team page design.
  • Jankowski, third place, speciality reporting.
  • Brandon Janes, honorable mention, business reporting.
  • T.J. Maxwell, honorable mention, star photojournalist.
  • Sarah Rafique, honorable mention, star reporter.
  • Rafique, honorable mention, specialty reporting.
  • Tim Orwig, honorable mention, features.

The complete list of the 2013 Texas APME award winners can be viewed online at

Contact Dave Miller at or (254) 501-7543

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Keeping locals informed of Killeen government's ongoing drama, unprofessionalism, childishness & waste (among other things) is award worthy in itself. City government's saga is enough material to base a novel on. Eliza's correct as many troops & contractors overseas follow the local beat via KDH. Kudos people & keep it going!


Congratulations to KDH and the individual reporter/writers whose names have been mentioned as writers of special note.

I always enjoy reading the whole newspaper and follow all, that is written by Brandon Janes,

also sports during 'sporting season' that's written concerning the local high school football teams .

The editorials written by Dave Miller, are chosen concerning what's of special interest of the people at the time they're written, there's been a variety of subjects.
All written in, in my mind, a fair and unbiased viewpoint.

Phil Jankowski always has an interesting report for the people. His articles on Maj. Hasan and his trials have been exceptionally well written.

Last week,I was told that there are many overseas, military or civilians, who make it a daily habit of reading the KDH on the web.It keeps them connected to home.

The news paper keeps so many up to date on what's happening locally, but, that news wouldn't be there without the reporters and writers themselves who write it .
We now know we are reading articles being written by award winning writers.

Congratulations again KDH

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