Webb City High School graduate Susan Campbell, a columnist for the Hartford Courant, took first place in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Writing Contest. The winners were announced Saturday in New Orleans. Ms. Campbell won for best column in newspapers with more than 100,000 in circulation:
"Susan Campbell stood out in a crowd of exceptional columnists both for her ideas and her delivery," the judges wrote. "She's refreshingly blunt and edgy without being preachy. The reader hears a raw, tell-it-like-it-is voice. Campbell takes tired, old topics and turns them on their heads, presenting a view that most of us probably never considered.