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Kansas Reflector opinion writer wins national award for online humor column

By: - June 15, 2021 4:53 pm

Max McCoy is an award-winning author and journalist. McCoy has also written more than twenty books, the most recent of which is “Elevations: A Personal Exploration of the Arkansas River,” named a Kansas Notable Book by the state library. He teaches journalism at Emporia State University. (Submitted)

TOPEKA — Kansas Reflector opinion contributor Max McCoy has won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for humor in an online publication.

The organization announced its annual award winners Tuesday for 10 print and online categories of commentary. McCoy also received an honorable mention for general column writing.

McCoy won the award for humor for his Nov. 29, 2020, column in which he imagines a present-day conversation about the COVID-19 pandemic with Samuel J. Crumbine, the Kansas health pioneer.

Calling Dr. Crumbine — Kansas is sick and needs a prescription

A native Kansan and veteran journalist, McCoy has written more than 20 books and teaches journalism at Emporia State University. In April, he won second place in column writing from the Kansas Press Association.

“I’m honored to be recognized for my work by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Thanks go out to C.J. Janovy, the best editor a columnist could have, and Sherman Smith, who manages a terrific team,” McCoy said. “I’m pleased to be a small part of the Reflector’s success.”

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Sherman Smith
Sherman Smith

Sherman Smith is the editor in chief of Kansas Reflector. He writes about things that powerful people don't want you to know. A two-time Kansas Press Association journalist of the year, his award-winning reporting includes stories about education, technology, foster care, voting, COVID-19, sex abuse, and access to reproductive health care. Before founding Kansas Reflector in 2020, he spent 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal. He graduated from Emporia State University in 2004, back when the school still valued English and journalism. He was raised in the country at the end of a dead end road in Lyon County.