KPC Media Group Inc. received a first-place explanatory reporting award for the series “Trustees pile up poor relief cash” at the recent Inland Press Association annual conference.
The KPC stories and editorials, researched over several months, appeared in The News Sun, The Star and The Herald Republican newspapers on June 5 and June 12.
The editorial team included Dave Kurtz, Matt Getts and Grace Housholder.
The articles focused on surpluses in poor-relief accounts held by township trustees in Noble, LaGrange, DeKalb and Steuben counties.
The stories revealed that there was a combined surplus of $1.56 million. Many townships had reserves that would last 10 years or more without collecting more taxes.