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The National Association of Black Journalists has given three awards to RFT for recent features.
Former staff writer Nicholas Phillips won in the best feature, single story category for "Daddy Do-Over," an in-depth look at St. Louis' Father Support Center and its inspirational founder, Halbert Sullivan.
RFT editor Tom Finkel and freelance contributor Tony D'Souza took first place in NABJ's investigative category for their story "Plenty of Guilt to Go Around," re-examining the curious justice surrounding a 1982 murder in St. Louis.
And RFT freelancer Suzy Rust won best business story for her profile of the late Warren "Red Bone" Lytle as he considered shutting down his popular watering hole last summer.
Shout-out to our other two finalists this year:
- "Code Dead," freelance writer Christopher Tritto's examination into the encrypted note left on a dead man's body in St. Louis that has stumped the FBI's foremost code-breakers.
- "He Ain't Heavy," former staff writer John H. Tucker's profile of competitive power lifter Derrick Johnson, a firebrand whose shadow in his sport far exceeds his diminutive stature.
Last year, RFT took top honors in NABJ's news feature category for our coverage of the St. Louis "knockout game."
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