Members of The Shawnee News-Star newsroom have received awards from the Associated Press/Oklahoma News Executives for work produced in 2017.

Designer Tina Bridenstine won first place in Personal Columns for “What Alzheimer's stole from me,” a heartfelt column about how her grandmother's illness impacted her life.

Publisher Kent Bush won third place in personal columns for a series of columns that appeared in the News-Star.

Managing Editor Kim Morava and Reporter Vicky O. Misa won first place in General News Reporting for a collection of 2017 stories about the fatal shooting of Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney. The collection included stories on the initial event, the outpouring of community support and coverage of the ongoing court cases for the defendants charged in the officer's murder.

Misa also took second place honors in Spot News Reporting for “St. Gregory's University announces shutdown.”

Reporter Adam Ewing won third place in Business Feature Writing for a series of feature stories that appeared over the summer on the buildings in historic downtown Shawnee.

The News-Star is judged in Division II. The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.