Havre Daily News senior staff writer Tim Leeds has been recognized nationally for stories he wrote last year about Internet payday loans.
Leeds won first place in the category of investigative journalism for newspapers with a daily circulation of 10,000 or less. The contest is sponsored by the Chicago-based Inland Press Association, which represents newspapers from most Mid-America states.
The stories centered on efforts of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation Tribal council to begin an Internet payday loan operation as an economic development tool.
The story was sent by Twitter to all parts of the United States and Leeds received several calls from people asking for help in dealing with payday loan operators.
Leeds, a Havre High School graduate and Montana State University-Northern and University of Montana alumnus, started working as a reporter with the Havre Daily in 2000.
He covers politics, county government and agriculture.
Leeds resides in Havre with his wife, Jodene, and son Patrick, a seventh-grader. His older son, Richard, is a sophomore at the University of Montana in Missoula.
In the same contest, Managing Editor John Kelleher received a third-place award in the personality profile category for a story about a Fort Belknap man who claimed he was the victim of clergy abuse abuse when he was young on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.