Dena Sattler, Southwest Kansas Publisher for GateHouse Media, was among winners in the 2017 Best of GateHouse contest.

Sattler won the “Editorial Writer of the Year” competition among The Telegram’s peer newspapers nationwide. GateHouse Media owns more than 600 publications across the United States, and publishes the most daily newspapers in the nation.

Sattler was honored for a series of editorials written in 2017 that appeared in The Telegram. Judges said Sattler’s award-winning editorials "effectively deliver criticism without flinching or equivocating." Editorials submitted criticized then-Gov. Sam Brownback for his handling of problems involving the Kansas National Guard; called on Kansas State University President Richard Myers to step up his objection to campus carry; and called out federal lawmakers for attempting an end-around on health-care reform similar to a move in Kansas that resulted in devastating income-tax cuts.

The contest sought editorials that ask critical questions, advocate on behalf of community interests and promote transparency.

Also in the contest, The Telegram newsroom won third place for its annual magazine, “Discover Southwest Kansas” in the Special Sections and Niche Products category.

The Telegram competed against daily newspapers with newsrooms of up to eight staff members.

Judges for the annual Best of GateHouse competition were members of the Ball State University Department of Journalism and Local Media Association, a nonprofit industry trade organization representing 3,000 newspapers, television stations, radio stations and other media outlets.