John Murphy Award for Excellence in Copy Editing

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The John Murphy Award for Excellence in Copy Editing is given annually by the Texas Daily Newspaper Association (TDNA). Consideration is given only to submissions by Texas daily newspapers that are members of TDNA.

The award alternates every year between papers with circulations of less than 100,000 and those with more than 100,000. The winner receives $1,000. Four people have earned the award twice: Carmelita Bevill in 1987 and 1992, Hank Glamann in 1990 and 1994, Dave Thomas in 1995 and 1997 and Vic Odegar in 2003 and 2005.

The award honors John Murphy, who served as executive vice president of TDNA from 1952 to 1985. Murphy died in 2007.


  1. 2008—Stephanie Milner, Houston Chronicle
  2. 2007—Matt Dulin, Beaumont Enterprise
  3. 2006—Daniel Purschwitz, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  4. 2005—Vic Odegar, Beaumont Enterprise
  5. 2004—Chris Borniger, The Dallas Morning News
  6. 2003—Vic Odegar, Beaumont Enterprise
  7. 2002 -- Scott Mitchell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  8. 2001—Summer Blackwell, San Angelo Standard-Times
  9. 2000—Tim Sager, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  10. 1999—Melani Angell, San Angelo Standard-Times
  11. 1998—Karen Patterson, The Dallas Morning News
  12. 1997—Dave Thomas, Beaumont Enterprise
  13. 1996—Paul A. McGrath, Houston Chronicle
  14. 1995—Dave Thomas, San Angelo Standard-Times
  15. 1994—Hank Glamann, Houston Chronicle
  16. 1993—Diane Bowen, Bryan-College Station Eagle
  17. 1992—Carmelita Bevill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  18. 1991—Scott Walker, Bryan-College Station Eagle
  19. 1990—Hank Glamann, Houston Chronicle
  20. 1989—Beth Copeland, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
  21. 1988—Anthony Shuga, Austin American-Statesman
  22. 1987—Carmelita Bevill, Bryan-College Station Eagle

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