Messenger lifestyle editor Sandy Mickelson received four National Federation of Press Women awards at the group's annual conference in Council Bluffs on Saturday night.
She earned first place for her feature on how John Hudgens saved Bob Schossow from a fire that destroyed Schossow's shop in Pomeroy in March 2010.
Judge of the Iowa Press Women contest wrote: "A gripping story. The writer gracefully steps out of the way and lets Hudgens and Schossow tell their story. Expert blending of quote and paraphrase as story moves with smooth flow."
Mickelson also won:
Second place as writer-photographer on the Dayton Labor Day parade and rodeo from 2010.
Third place for sports stories - covering RAGBRAI in Algona and a story on tiny tots riding miniature bulls in rodeo competition.
Honorable mention for editing the lifestyle pages.
Mickelson, a member of Iowa Press Women since 2001, has been a member of NFPW for more than 20 years, joining the group in Oshkosh, Wis., while working for The Northwestern.
The Iowa and Nebraska affiliates of NFPW were co-hosts for the annual conference.