Chesterton Tribune reporter Kevin Nevers has won another award for his
Nevers took first place in the Community Affairs/Public Interest category of
the 2003 Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors Newswriting Contest at an
awards luncheon Saturday in Muncie.
He won for his occasional series on the drug problem in Duneland, which
appeared in the Tribune between March and June 2002. In that series of 10
articles and five sidebars Nevers examined the issue of drug abuse from a
variety of perspectives: the biochemistry of addiction, sensation-seeking
and risk-taking behavior, the economic and emotional costs of drug abuse,
and the promise of counseling. He also interviewed a recovering addict and
his father and participated in a round-table discussion of high-school
students and graduates who have committed themselves to drug-free lives.
Of that series the judge wrote, “Great comprehensive reporting. It hit all
the stops. There was quality in the writing. It reminded me of Eric
Newhouse’s 2000 Pulitzer on alcoholism in Montana. Big town reporting at
The Tribune competes in Division IV: newspapers with circulation of 10,000
Nevers last won an award in December, when he took third place in the Best
General Columnist category of the 2002 Hoosier State Press Association
Better Newspaper Contest.