For its investigative reporting on the Indian Hills Community College baseball team last fall, the Daily Iowegian staff received their parent company's public service award.

In awards announced Friday night, the Daily Iowegian team combined for two total awards. The contest pits similar papers out of more than 100 newspapers against each other. The awards are given by the Daily Iowegian's parent company, CNHI.

The public service award recognizes the work of editor Kyle Ocker and sports writer Colin Peters in the story published in October. Together they unearthed allegations of misconduct with foreign-born players and their off-campus work as well as allegations of abuse against players.

"Unrelenting pursuit and enterprise reporting highlighted the paper’s coverage of two community college baseball coaches who were quietly dismissed without explanation," judges said. "The paper sought out numerous sources from players to administrators to legal experts to finally track down the reasons: misconduct by the revered head coach and his assistant in the questionable way they oversaw foreign players and for a pattern of physical and mental abuse of players."

The Indian Hills story has previously resulted in investigative reporting awards by the Associated Press Media Editors group of Iowa in February.

Additionally, Ocker was named photographer of the year for the Daily Iowegian's division.

"Kyle demonstrates mastery of depth of field techniques, and shows variety with hard news and sports photos," judges said. "His photo of a girl being rescued by firefighters tells a complete story, and speaks to his ability to react to a quick-breaking news story."

Ocker was also a finalist for the reporter of the year award, as well.

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Editor

Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Daily Iowegian. Prior to becoming editor, Ocker was a correspondent, sports editor and associate editor at the Daily Iowegian, and was the managing editor of the Knoxville Journal-Express.

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