Thursday, June 26, 2008

Webb City native wins national award for newspaper column

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.


Anonymous said...

Want to hear something funny? Susan Campbell was nominated for the Webb City R-7 Hall of Fame in 2007, but was not selected. Can you believe that?

John Ford said...

I cannot. I've been reading Ms. Campbell's column off and on since college. I still remember one of the first ones I read by her on the 1948 circus fire in Hartford, an anniversary piece if I remember correctly. She has made a name for herself in journalism, and deserves to be in Webb City's hall of fame.