‘Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’ Will Give Prize Money to Victims’ Families

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By: Joe Strupp

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which won an American Society of Newspaper Editors award for its coverage of a fatal propane explosion, plans to give the $10,000 prize money to relatives of three men who died in the blast.

The paper reported today that Editor Martin Kaiser had announced the prize money received for ASNE’s breaking news award would go to the families of Daniel Kuster, Curtis Lane and Thomas LeTendre. The men died when the propane explosion occurred at the Falk Corp., where they worked, in December.

Kaiser added in today’s paper that, “We were stunned by the level of destruction and the number of casualties, challenged by the complexity and uncertainty of the accident, and saddened when word came that one of the dead was the brother of a Journal Sentinel circulation employee who is married to a newsroom reporter.”

He wrote that “the outstanding team effort by our newsroom, from reporters to photographers to editors to graphic artists to online producers to everyone else involved.” But he explained that the honor “couldn’t be more bittersweet” because of the tragic circumstances.

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