Chesterton Tribune

Kevin Nevers gains first place honor in HSPA contest

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 Chesterton Tribune reporter Kevin Nevers has brought back another award to the paper.

At the Better Newspaper Contest 2000, sponsored by the Hoosier State Press Association and held Saturday in Indianapolis, Nevers won first place in Best Ongoing News Coverage for a series of stories on Ind. 49 published in the summer and fall of 1999.

The Tribune competes in Division III: dailies with circulation under 8,000.

Wrote a judge of Nevers' coverage, "I was blown away and challenged by Kevin Nevers' reporting, research, analysis, and professional presentation in this series spanning two and one-half months. Nevers submitted two other series, one government related and one court related. Again . . . Outstanding. But I selected this one for first place because it encompasses all that reporting should be."

In 1999 Nevers won second place in Best Ongoing News Coverage for a series on Coffee Creek Center and second place in Best Business/Economic News Coverage for a series on tax increment financing.