Claremore Daily Progress


April 1, 2014

Daily Progress, Wilken honored with Public Service award

Wilken named Reporter of the Year


The Claremore Daily Progress and reporter Salesha Wilken have been honored by CNHI with a Public Service award for their aggressive pursuit of questions surrounding the conduct of the district attorney and county commissioners. 
Wilken has also earned the Reporter of the Year award among journalists at the company’s smaller dailies for her “thorough, tenacious reporting.”
A judging panel of editors and journalists honored the Daily Progress and Wilken for its public service among the company’s small dailies in the annual Best of CNHI editorial competition.
Judges said, “ The Progress — and particularly reporter Salesha Wilken — deserve commendation for courageous, comprehensive reporting on the questionable conduct of the county’s top public officials. The Progress uses solid, records-based reporting to support its coverage of the county commission, district attorney and others. The newspaper and reporter Wilken merit high praise for their relentless pursuit of a complicated, controversial story.”
Judges also singled out Wilken’s work.
“Wilken’s work stands out for thorough, tenacious reporting of stories about the local district attorney and other county officials. Her stories should be a model of watchdog coverage for community newspapers everywhere,” the judges said. “Wilken’s work lays out the facts, without editorializing. She distills complicated material into clearly written, easily understood stories. Significantly, she has faced large obstacles to her reporting, including a lawsuit filed by the district attorney against the Claremore Progress and Wilken.”
The company also honored The Norman Transcript as one of the company’s best papers for its detailed coverage of a devastating tornado that struck Moore.
Judges commended the Norman Transcript’s compelling stories, evocative photos and layered print and digital coverage of the spring tornado and its aftermath. Two-dozen people died, and scores of homes and businesses were destroyed. The judges said: “The Transcript delivered right down to the smaller details, like tracking down an author who’d written about a massive tornado in the same community 10 years earlier. Even the garden columnist touched on the post-storm effects.”
The Transcript’s digital coverage of the storm – and rich online journalism year-round – earned it the honor of Website of the Year for smaller dailies.
Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. (CNHI) is an Alabama-based media company and parent company to publishers of local newspapers, websites and niche publications,  serving more than 130 communities in 23 states. The Best of CNHI contest recognizes individual and collective works of the company’s journalists.

Text Only
  • Perry: Texas plans to send 1,000 guardsmen to border

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to South Texas to bolster security along the Mexico border, a local lawmaker confirmed Monday.

    July 21, 2014

  • NASA renames building for Neil Armstrong

    NASA has honored one of its most famous astronauts by renaming a key building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

    July 21, 2014

  • New arrivals worry some in the Oklahoma panhandle

    A family who says they were excommunicated from Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect has moved to a small city located in the Oklahoma Panhandle, raising concerns among some residents.

    July 20, 2014

  • Celebrate 45 years since man's first steps on the moon

    Now's the time to get moonstruck.

    Forty-five years ago Sunday, Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on another world. Armstrong's "one small step ... one giant leap" on the dusty lunar surface July 20, 1969, still stirs hearts.

    July 20, 2014

  • US outlines case against Russia on downed plane

    Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.

    July 20, 2014

  • Oklahoma Capitol renovation project previewed

    State officials have previewed preliminary plans for renovating the century-old Oklahoma State Capitol amid a display of artifacts from groundbreaking ceremonies for the structure.

    July 17, 2014

  • House passes tax breaks to boost charitable giving

    The House passed a package of tax breaks Thursday designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators.

    One provision provides tax breaks to people over 70 who make donations from their individual retirement accounts. Another reduces excise taxes on private charitable foundations.

    July 17, 2014

  • Should online accounts die when you die?

    Should your emails, web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters?

    July 17, 2014

  • Obama, Putin discuss Malaysia Plane incident

    The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have discussed the Malaysia Airlines plane incident over eastern Ukraine.

    July 17, 2014

  • Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs

    Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs or 14 percent of its workforce as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.

    July 17, 2014