The plaques, at least, are no joke: Jase Graves’ wit is steadily winning awards for columns published in the Kilgore News Herald.
In addition to Texas Press Association Column Writing first place last month for his “What’s Wrong With Daddy?” series, Graves brought a national award home June 9 from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists annual contest in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Graves’ submissions to the contest can be found in the KNH digital archives at KilgoreNewsHerald.com – “Victoria’s Worst-Kept Secret,” “The Pedicure is Worse than the Disease” and “Chuting the Breeze.”
Overall, the entry netted the winning spot in the Online Humor Column Category.
It was his second time to enter the contest and the second time to bring home an award after joining the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in 2017. Attending the group’s convention in Manchester, New Hampshire, last year, Graves received the humor writing award for blogging.
It’s an honor, he said simply, glad readers are enjoying his random witticisms, observations and satire.
“I take notes on my phone. When I’m going somewhere and doing something and I think of something,” Graves said. “Most of it’s just from everyday life with three daughters.”
Running bi-weekly, he’s usually able to hammer out a draft of the column in one or two sittings of a couple of hours each.
“’Til it’s completely polished and finished, it takes a week to do.”
It’s really no surprise to see Graves garnering recognition for his writing, according to Kilgore News Herald Co-Publisher Bill Woodall.
“When we first read his blog, he really fit what we had already been looking for,” Woodall said. “As time’s gone on, we’ve just found him to be more and more entertaining.
“We’re very happy and happy to have him here. Truthfully, we’re not surprised because we thought he deserved it.”