Editorial writer at Wyoming paper wins Mencken prize

November 27, 1994|By James H. Bready

This year's H. L. Mencken Writing Award for opinion writing goes to Charles Levendosky of Casper, Wyo.

The judges were Fred Hobson of the University of North Carolina, Mencken's most recent biographer; Anne Hull of the St. Petersburg Times of Florida and a current Nieman Fellow at Harvard; and Barry Saunders, columnist and editorial writer at the News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

The winner, 58, has been editorial page editor of Wyoming's leading daily paper, the Casper Star-Tribune, since 1982. As an authority on constitutional law, he puts stones in the shoes of judges and legislators. He is also Wyoming's poet laureate.

In this month's voting, Mr. Levendosky said, the Star-Tribune endorsed Democrats for senator and governor and was rebuffed. The paper, put off by both sides' slime in the race for Wyoming's one House seat, did not make an endorsement; the Republican won.

After doughty battle, and stinging defeat, H. L. Mencken often took a trip. Mr. Levendosky now leaves the office for Baltimore to receive his $5,000 prize Wednesday from the contest's sponsor, The Baltimore Sun, in a ceremony at Enoch Pratt Central Library.

Mr. Bready's Books & Authors column will appear next week.

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