Ulysses News Is 2024 KPA Award Winner


After a long hiatus, The Ulysses News stepped out and entered the Kansas Press Association's annual newspaper contest.

The hard work put in paid off as the newspaper raked in five first place awards, eight second place awards and one third.

"I'm very proud of the work put in here at The Ulysses News," said Managing Editor Nancy Wallace-Kletecka.

According to the KPA, the annual competition recognizes outstanding work by Kansas newspapers with contest categories focusing on writing, photography, design, special sections, advertising, newspaper web sites and more. 

Newspapers across the country prepare entries for their respective divisions in the states' contests. The Ulysses News has not entered the Kansas Press Association contest in several years.

Winners will be recognized at the KPA Convention and Awards Celebration June 6-7, at the Oread Hotel in Lawrence, Kans.  This year's theme is "Navigating A Changing Landscape."

Awards The Ulysses News received this year include first place awards to Nancy Wallace-Kletecka for  Feature Story, News Story, Local Business Story, and Best Front Page design. Wallace-Kletecka also received a first place along with former Ulysses News staffer Meaghan Noriega for a special section :Be My Valentine".

Noriega also won a first place award for a Local Business Story.

Wallace-Kletecka received second place awards for:  Feature Story, Local Business Story, Seniors Story, Column Writing, Sports Column Writing and Photo Package. She shares a second place award with Meaghan Noriega in the News Story category, and for a series with former Ulysses News staffer Sara Loewen.

Wallace-Kletecka received a third place award for a Local Business story.

Awards this year are just the beginning.

"We have some new people on staff here at The Ulysses News, and I expect great things and more honors for their work in the next round of contests," Wallace-Kletecka said. "We are dedicated to doing our best covering the news in Ulysses, Grant County and the immediate area."


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