Winners of PAPME writing, photo contests announced

Winners of PAPME writing, photo contests announced

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors announced winners of the group’s annual writing and photo contests on Friday.

Cash awards will be presented to the first-place winners at the PAPME’s annual convention in State College on May 30.

Judges also selected “Best of Show” winners in news and photos across all circulation divisions, and a photographer to receive the Paul Vathis Memorial Photography Portfolio Award, in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer from Pennsylvania. Winners for those three prizes will be revealed at the award ceremony.

The entries were judged by editors at AP member newspapers in New York.

CIRCULATION OVER 75,000

WRITING

Blogging

First: James O’Toole, Tim McNulty, Karen Langley, Andrew McGill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Early Returns”

Second: Bob Batz, Melissa McCart, Gretchen McKay, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “PG Plate”

Business Writing

First: Donald Gilliland, The Patriot-News, Mechanicsburg, “Fragile Future: Harrisburg University’s struggle to survive”

Second: Mark Belko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Why did it fail?”

Column

First: Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Someday, today’s gun laws will be absurd”

Second: Trudy Rubin, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Not winning the Nobel but inspiring the world”

Editorial

First: Cynthia Burton, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Caged birds aren’t singing to be targets”

Second: Sandra Shea, Philadelphia Daily News, “CY-Buried Education”

Enterprise Reporting

First: Staff, Philadelphia Daily News, “Forgotten”

Second: Michael Matza, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “A sad tale of illness and detention”

Public Service by a Newspaper

First: Adam Smeltz, Luis Fabregas, Mike Wereschagin, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Legionnaires’ disease at VA”

Second: Helen Ubinas, Philadelphia Daily News, “10 years and still no pay for blight-fighting ex-cons”

Feature Writing

First: Jason Nark, Philadelphia Daily News, “The Bullet Always Wins‘”

Second: Michael Fuoco, Laura Schneiderman, Andrew McGill,Rebecca Droke, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “After Suicide: When all that’s left is why?”

General News Reporting

First: Staff, The Philadelphia Inquirer,"6 Dead in Collapse”

Second: Robert Zullo, Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Housing Authority turns to consultant,” ‘‘Law firms among authority’s consultants,” ‘‘City Housing Authority struggles with scrutiny,” ‘‘Damage in kitchen from fire,” ‘‘Senator demands city Housing Authority data,” ‘‘Developer: City agency withholding funding”

Investigative Reporting

First: Joe Smydo, Andrew Rush, Julia Rendleman, James Hilston, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “A system under siege”

Second: Mike Newall, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Almost Justice: An Inquirer Special Series on the Beau Zabel Murder”

News Use of Video

First: Steve Mellon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Alzheimer’s tightens its grip on former pilot”

Second: Christine Baker, The Patriot-News, “The Program: Big Mike”

Online Coverage of Breaking News

First: Staff, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Shooting outside Brashear High School”

Second: Staff, The Patriot-News, “Tanker crash and fire”

Sports Deadline Reporting

First: Brady McCollough, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “That winning season,” ‘‘Eat it up, Pirate fans: Your team is officially a winner again”

Second: Staff, Philadelphia Daily News, “The Frost and the Furious”

Sports Feature Reporting

First: Sam Donnellon, Philadelphia Daily News, “Running With Chippah”

Second: Travis Sawchik, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Shifting gears”

Sports/Outdoors Column

First: Marcus Hayes, Philadelphia Daily News, “Borrowed Time”

Second: Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Hey, baseball, can you hear us yet?”

Spot News Reporting

First: Staff, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “6 Dead in Collapse”

Second: Jon Schmitz, Paula Ward, Kaitlyn Riely, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Flash flooding leaves widespread damage,” ‘‘Heavy rain inundates area roads, parking lots and basements,” ‘‘Rain came down”

PHOTOS

Feature Photo

First: Sean Simmers, The Patriot-News, “Stretch”

Second: Guy Wathen, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “She can still cut a rug”

Personality Portrait

First: Yong Kim, Philadelphia Daily News, “Gimme an S!”

Second: Guy Wathen, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Vatican astronomer”

Photo Story

First: Julia Rendleman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “A family gripped by grief”

Second: Julia Rendleman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “The worlds of autism”

Sports Photo

First: Matt Freed, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “New York’s Casey Cizikas just misses serious injury”

Second: Christopher Horner, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “No avoiding the tag”

Spot News Photo

First: Steven M. Falk, Philadelphia Daily News, “Sweating bullets”

Second: Andrew Russell, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Three Brashear students shot”

CIRCULATION 30,000 TO 75,000

WRITING

Blogging

First: Tom Reisenweber, Jeff Kirik, Mike Copper, Erie Times-News, “Varsity”

Second: John Cole, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, “Cartoons”

Business Writing

First: Terrie Morgan-Besecker, James Haggerty, The Times-Tribune, “A Minimum Existence”

Second: Crissa Shoemaker DeBree, Bucks County Courier Times, Levittown, “Made in the USA”

Column

First: Christopher J. Kelly, The Times-Tribune, “Ballad of a thin man”

Second: Amanda Cregan, Bucks County Courier Times, “A year of anguish”

Editorial

First: Guy Petroziello, Bucks County Courier Times, “Get our money back!”

Second: Shane Fitzgerald, Beaver County Times, “Friendship Ridge”

Enterprise Reporting

First: Staff, Erie Times-News, “Leaning Into Leadership”

Second: Staff, Observer-Reporter, Washington, “No Place To Call Home”

Feature Writing

First: Rebekah Brown, The Times-Tribune, “Journey of Hope”

Second: J.D. Prose, Beaver County Times, “When Kennedy came to the Avenue”

General News Reporting

First: Staff, York Daily Record/Sunday News, Gettysburg 150th anniversary package.

Second: Borys Krawczeniuk, Joe Kohut, Christopher J. Kelly, The Times-Tribune Staff; The Times-Tribune, Stories on Robert Gensiak’s neglect, death, uncovered flaws in system

Public Service by a Newspaper

First: Laura Legere, The Times-Tribune, “Testing the Waters”

Second: Staff, Bucks County Courier Times, “Buck Up Bucks County!”

Investigative Reporting

First: Staff, Bucks County Courier Times, “Heroin: It’s time for the talk”

Second: Terrie Morgan-Besecker, The Times-Tribune, “Pension Crisis”

Online Coverage of Breaking News

First: Staff, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “York County floods”

Second: Staff, The Intelligencer, Doylestown, “Warminster standoff”

Sports Deadline Reporting

First: Frank Bodani, Jim Seip, Brad Jennings, Chris Dunn, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Lions run out of magic”

Second: Rich Scarcella, Reading Eagle, “Penn State decides to go for it,” ‘‘PSU’s angry defense bounces back,” ‘‘Highlights and lowlights”

Sports/Outdoors Column

First: Frank Bodani, York Daily Record/Sunday News, York, “Advice for a high school graduate from York County’s Sports Greats”

Second: Tom Venesky, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, “Bill could be fatal blow to endangered species”

Sports Feature Reporting

First: Ford Turner, Reading Eagle, “Magic Matz,”

Second: Mike Drago, Reading Eagle, “Trying to triumph over tragedy”

Spot News Reporting

First: Borys Krawczeniuk and The Times-Tribune staff, The Times-Tribune, “POTUS (and VPOTUS) Visit”

Second: Staff, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Flood spreads”

News Use of Video

First: Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “The hands and heart of Paul Miller”

Second: Andy Colwell, Erie Times-News, “Smiling and Laughing Through Dementia’s Darkness”

PHOTO

Spot News Photo

First: Jason Farmer, The Times-Tribune, “Firefighter at gasoline fire”

Second: Chris Dunn, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Flood spreads”

Feature Photo

First: Sally Maxson, Beaver County Times, “Real home base”

Second: Stephanie Veto, Bucks County Courier Times, “Revolutionary day”

Sports Photo

First: Aimee Dilger, The Times Leader, “Play at the plate”

Second: Art Gentile, Bucks County Courier Times, “Heads of state”

Personality Portrait

First: Rick Kintzel, The Intelligencer, “The spark on defense”

Second: Kate Penn, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Diabetes portrait”

Photo Story

First: Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Touch of faith: The Paul Miller story”

Second:,Kate Penn, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Lineage of sickness: Jayquan’s story”

CIRCULATION 15,000 TO 30,000

WRITING

Business Writing

First: Candy Woodall, The York Dispatch, “County wages fall behind,” ‘‘Cost-cutting is main way many Yorkers stay afloat”

Second: Liz Hayes, Braden Ashe, Brian Rittmeyer, Valley News Dispatch, Tarentum, “Classes Dismissed”

Column

First: Marc Charisse, The Evening Sun, Hanover, “The Ajax, the Achilles and the Exeter”

Second: Howard Frank, Pocono Record, Stroudsburg, “So much for a melting pot, racism lives”

Editorial

First: Chris Rosenblum, Centre Daily Times, State College, “Thompson’s shot from the hip misses the mark”

Second: Dave Janoski, The Citizens’ Voice, Wilkes-Barre, “A supersized headache”

Enterprise Reporting

First: Chris Rosenblum, Centre Daily Times, “Fight of his life”

Second: Caroline Sweeney, Rosemarie Ross, Evan Brandt, The Mercury, Pottstown, “Concussions in Girls”

Public Service by a Newspaper

First: Peter Cameron, The Citizens’ Voice, “Sound the Alarm: Favoritism, egos, money putting residents at risk when it comes to getting emergency assistance”

Second: Staff, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, “R2K Right to Know Project: Power to the People; Policemen’s Legacy; Paid to Lead”

Feature Writing

First: Christina Kauffman, The York Dispatch, “Local runners get engaged, finish minutes before blasts”

Second: Mary Ann Thomas, Valley News Dispatch, “Built on Bricks”

General News Reporting

First: Michael Sisak, Bob Kalinowski, Dave Janoski, The Citizens’ Voice, “Crisis at Canaan”

Second: Staff, Pocono Record, Ross Township shootings

Investigative Reporting

First: Jenna Ebersole, Pocono Record, “Will we be ready?”

Second: Kristin Baver, Press Enterprise, Bloomsburg, “The scourge of methamphetamine: Meth Mania, From large lab to lone user/cook, I was a ghost, Instantly hooked, Drug labs leave homes tainted.”

News Use of Video

First: Bob Kalinowski, The Citizens’ Voice, “The Long Road Back”

Second: Elizabeth Skrapits, The Citizens’ Voice, “Hollywood on the Susquehanna”

Online Coverage of Breaking News

First: Staff, Pocono Record, “Ross Township shooting”

Second: Bob Kalinowski, Michael Sisak, The Citizens’ Voice, “Exclusive: U.S. Attorney General, citing safety, halts furlough of federal prison guards”

Sports Deadline Reporting

First: Austin Hertzog, Darryl Grumling, Don Seeley, The Mercury, “Golden Girls: Spring-Ford wins state title”

Second: Jimmy May, Tim Hare, Dan Reilly, Press Enterprise, “Worth the wait”

Sports Feature Reporting

First: Travis Johnson, Centre Daily Times, “A birds-eye view of the game”

Second: Rosemarie Ross, The Mercury, “Chasing waterfalls: The incredible fall and rise of Michelle Konkoly”

Sports/Outdoors Column

First: Mitch Rupert, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, “Eck fulfills promise to grandpa”

Second: Tom Tatum, Daily Local News, West Chester, “Justice prevails with a wag of the tail”

Spot News Reporting

First: Staff, Centre Daily Times, “Fundamentally flawed: Paterno family report challenges Freeh’s findings, methodology”

Second: Brian Rittmeyer, Liz Hayes, Valley News Dispatch, “Tarentum, Kiski Miners Hurt”

PHOTO

Feature Photo

First: Eric Felack, Valley News Dispatch, “School Days Begin”

Second: Mark Nance, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, “Temperatures soar”

Personality Portrait

First: Andrew Krech, The Citizens’ Voice, “Gameface Airplane”

Second: Amanda Steen, Herald-Standard, Uniontown, “Delta Dawn’s search for answers”

Photo Story

First: Christopher Weddle, Centre Daily Times, “Fight of his life”

Second: Roberto M. Esquivel, Herald-Standard, “Behind the wall: Prison overcrowding”

Sports Photo

First: Andrew Krech, The Citizens’ Voice, “Dust Bowl”

Second: Amanda Steen, Herald-Standard, “Boys and bulls”

Spot News Photo

First: Tom Kelly IV, Daily Local News, West Chester, “6 killed in Philadelphia building collapse”

Second: Andrew Krech, The Citizens’ Voice, “Wesley Street Shooting”

CIRCULATION 15,000 AND UNDER

WRITING

Blogging

First: Tammie Gitt, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Reluctant Foodie”

Second: Naomi Creason, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Now Showing”

Business Writing

First: Tammie Gitt, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Developing Downtowns”

Second: Chauncey Ross, The Indiana Gazette, “Marcellus shale holds promise as new markets for gas open”

Column

First: Jon Sitler, Times Observer, Warren, “SitComm: Hitting the pause button”

Second: Linda Koehler, Times News, Lehighton, “To colonoscopy or not to colonoscopy”

Editorial

First: Jeff Pratt, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Honor is alive and well”

Second: Eric Paddock, Times Observer, “Our opinion: A tide that never ebbs”

Enterprise Reporting

First: Donald Serfass, Kathy Kunkel, Times News, “Miracle kids”

Second: Travis Kellar, Naomi Creason, Christen Croley, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Decoding the ACA”

Public Service by a Newspaper

First: Julie Martin, The Indiana Gazette, “Gazette’s Treasures for Children program benefits needy families at Christmas”

Feature Writing

First: Colin Deppen, The Bradford Era, “Area firefighter home safe from California wildfire”

Second: Rick Bruni Jr., The Valley Independent, Monessen, “Valley soldier immortalized at Afghan base he never saw”

General News Reporting

First: Saranac Hale Spencer, The Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia, “Same-Sex Marriage in Pennsylvania”

Second: Ron Gower, Amy Miller, Chris Parker, Times News, “Lansford officer dead”

Investigative Reporting

First: Donald Serfass, Kathy Kunkel, Times News, “Miracle kids”

Second: Travis Kellar, Naomi Creason, Christen Croley, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Decoding the ACA”

News Use of Video

First: Bruce Siwy, Michelle Ganassi, Christina Dunmyer, Rick Kazmer, Daily American, Somerset, “American Friday Night Kickoff: Weekly high school football program”

Second: Michelle Ganassi and Staff, Daily American, “DA Live Monthly video series: Group fishing for support to fix Somerset Lake”

Online Coverage of Breaking News

First: Jason Malmont, Lara Malmont, Jeff Pratt, Joe Cress, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Turnpike bus crash, March 16”

Second: Staff, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Monroe Township train derailment”

Sports Deadline Reporting

First: Tony Coccagna, The Indiana Gazette, “Local runners safe after explosions”

Second: Dave Rung, Sam Butler, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “PIAA wrestling day 3”

Sports Feature Reporting

First: Nancy Sharer, The Daily/Sunday Review, Towanda, “Iron Couple: Camptown husband and wife compete in Ironman Triathlon”

Second: Matthew Burglund, The Indiana Gazette, “Safe at Home: Seventeen years after leaving Indiana, Michael Ryan’s baseball journey continues”

Sports/Outdoors Column

First: “Rick Kazmer, Bruce Siwy, Daily American, “Should there be antler limits for hunting deer?”

Second: B.J. Small, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Celebrating a grand slam”

Spot News Reporting

First: Travis Kellar, Jason Malmont, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Derailed”

Second: Rick Bruni Jr., The Valley Independent, “Fire, explosions hit junkyard”

PHOTO

Feature Photo

First: Jason Malmont, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Hard work pays off for Carlisle students”

Second: James Nestor, The Indiana Gazette, “Serene Scene”

Personality Portrait

First: Michael Bupp, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Fighting Mental Illness”

Second: Darryl Wheeler, Gettysburg Times, “Ride On”

Photo Story

First: Jason Malmont, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Raising The Roof”

Second: Evan Sanders, The Daily Courier, Connellsville, “Dead is Final”

Sports Photo

First, Bob Ford, Times News, “Flop”

Second: Teri M. Enciso, The Indiana Gazette, “In the Hunt”

Spot News Photo

First: Jason Malmont, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Turnpike Tragedy”

Second: Tom Peel, The Indiana Gazette, “Fire Levels Accent Fuels”

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