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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 Kansas Press Association’s journalist of the year. He has written award-winning news stories about the instability of the Kansas foster care system, misconduct by government officials, sexual abuse, technology, education, and the Legislature. He previously spent 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal. A lifelong Kansan, he graduated from Emporia State University in 2004 as a Shepherd Scholar with a degree in English.

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