Jan Larson McLaughlin is the most recent inductee into the Kappa Tau Alpha Hall of Fame.
McLaughlin is the award-winning editor of the Sentinel-Tribune newspaper in Bowling Green. She spent 23 years of her career as the county editor. She has also covered county government, issues affecting people living in Wood County, and personal stories about its citizens.
She has earned 20 Associated Press awards in annual, statewide competitions. She won AP awards for news writing, breaking news, feature writing, headline writing, page design and community service reporting.
McLaughlin has been honored four times as best news writer of the year.
She earned first place in Ohio for her stories about a local family’s foreclosure, a woman faking cancer, citizens tackling a purse thief and a series of stories on child abuse.
McLaughlin is participating in a three-year fellowship from the Inland Press Association. It is aimed at helping newspapers thrive economically, improve journalistically, and respond to changes in the media environment.
The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce named her BG Woman of the Year in 2002. A native of Pemberville, she graduated from Bowling Green in our photo-journalism sequence and began her career as a photojournalist and reporter.