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Herald-Leader's 2012 tornado coverage wins journalism award

This was the scene on Friday, March 2, 2012, when Dorcus Burton's van was pummeled by the tornado slicing through West Liberty, leaving her and her daughter trapped inside.
This was the scene on Friday, March 2, 2012, when Dorcus Burton's van was pummeled by the tornado slicing through West Liberty, leaving her and her daughter trapped inside. Herald-Leader

The Lexington Herald-Leader took first place in the deadline reporting category for large newspapers in the annual Green Eyeshade Awards, a contest through the Society of Professional Journalists that recognizes the best journalism in the southeastern United States.

The newspaper's staff was recognized for its coverage of a powerful weather front in March 2012 that unleashed the state's deadliest wave of tornadoes in 38 years, devastating areas of Eastern Kentucky, including the town of West Liberty.

Editorial writer Jaci Carfagno came in third for editorials about fighting drug abuse in Eastern Kentucky.

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