Delving into the big leagues
Several of my samples in this portfolio come from The Kansas City Star newspaper, where I worked as a copy editor and designer in the sports department.
The Star serves more than one million readers each week in Greater Kansas City and surrounding areas with print editions, KansasCity.com (its main website), specialty publications and suburban newspapers.
Owned by the McClatchy Co. — the third largest newspaper company in the U.S. — The Star has won myriad awards and honors, including eight Pulitzer Prizes. Founded in 1890 by William Rockhill Nelson and Samuel Morss, the newspaper claims Harry S. Truman, Ernest Hemingway and Theodore Roosevelt among its notable former employees.
The Star’s sports department possesses a distinguished reputation as well, winning some of sports journalism’s highest honors. The Sports Daily section was selected as one of the top over-175,000-circulation newspapers in the daily, Sunday, special-section and website categories in The Associated Press Sports Editors’ 2012 contest.
This honor, called the Grand Slam, was particularly exciting for our team because it was the department’s first. In the APSE’s 2011 and 2013 contests, Sports Daily was one of the top ten newspapers in its class in the daily, Sunday and special-section groups. The section had previously won this award, known as the Triple Crown, in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2009.