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Hearst Connecticut journalists won 85 awards at the Connecticut SPJ Excellence in Journalism dinner held at The Hawthorne in Berlin Thursday night.
Longtime state Capitol reporter Ken Dixon was also inducted into the Connecticut Journalism Hall of Fame.
“This year’s SPJ awards were a wonderful tribute to the tireless and conscientious work that Connecticut journalists do to protect the public’s right to know and to hold powerful people and institutions accountable, not just last year, but over the course of decades of service by people such as Ken Dixon,” said Matt DeRienzo, Vice President of News and Digital Content.
“We’re extremely proud of the journalists at Hearst Connecticut for this well-deserved recognition, and the fact they’re too busy doing the kind of work that will be honored next year to fully appreciate it.”
SPJ also presented three special awards.
First Amendment Award:
D’Amelio attorney says arrest expunged; threatens lawsuit; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Chapman.
Stephen A. Collins Public Service Award:
The Hartford Courant’s five-year fight for Adam Lanza documents; Hartford Courant; Dave Altimari, Andrew Julien, Matthew Kauffman, Josh Kovner.
Theodore Driscoll Award for Investigative Reporting:
Denied: A look into inmate health care; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Clarice Silber.
The following are the awards won by Hearst Connecticut journalists.
Arts and Entertainment
First place: Stamford’s State Cinema to close, despite family’s efforts; Stamford Advocate; Barry Lytton.
Second place: Danbury composer channels ire over fallen innocents; News-Times; Christina Hennessy.
First place: Official: Woman lit dynamite, thought it was candle; blew off fingers; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill.
Second place: Milford man charged with assault after standoff; Connecticut Post; Amanda Cuda, Jim Shay.
Third place: Teen dead after police pursuit, crash; victim ID’d; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill, Jim Shay.
Business, Regional B
First place: Fans, friends mourn loss of late ‘Wild’ Bill Ziegler’s Nostalgia store; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day.
Second place: Torrington couple opens new cafe, taking another step in longtime history of family home; Register Citizen; Ben Lambert.
Third place: Shucking returns to Copps Island Oysters in Norwalk; The Hour; Kaitlyn Krasselt.
Business, Regional A
Third place: How business strategies put Obsitnik in the GOP primary; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar.
Continuing coverage, Regional B
Second place: Mold issues grow in Stamford schools; Stamford Advocate; Erin Kayata.
Third place: Purdue faces uphill battle to overcome opioid controversy; Stamford Advocate; Paul Schott.
Second place: Lunch ladies charged in half-million dollar scam; New Canaan News; Humberto Rocha.
Second place: Norwalk father watches son play in Babe Ruth World Series, an immigration checkpoint changes all; The Hour; Justin Papp.
Third place: Experts: Prevention of Claxton’s suicide not possible in Conn.; Stamford Advocate; Barry Lytton.
Diversity coverage, Regional B
First place: Latino students face unique hurdles; Greenwich Time; Jo Kroeker.
Second place: Black, Hispanic cops a minority on Danbury police force; News-Times; Zach Murdock.
Editorial, Regional A
Second place: Arming teachers makes schools more dangerous; Connecticut Post; Jacqueline Smith.
First place: Unthinkable is now devastatingly routine in schools; The Hour; Nancy Shulins.
First place: Staples students, victims of sexual assault, look to change school policy; Westport News; Justin Papp.
Second place: Parents banned from eating lunch with children at Darien schools; Darien News; Lynandro Simmons.
First place: Metropolitan Business Academy students show, not tell, on final exam; New Haven Register; Brian Zahn.
Third place: No pressure, but … another principal takes over at Bassick; Connecticut Post; Linda Lambeck.
First place: Sacred Heart Greenwich threatens to ban student over Planned Parenthood sticker; Greenwich Time; Emilie Munson.
Second place: Despite little progress, more efforts underway to recruit minority teachers; News-Times; Zach Murdock.
Third place: Greenwich schools consider menu overhaul after complaints; Greenwich Time; Jo Kroeker.
Feature story, Regional A
Second place: Training empowers everyday people to help save lives; New Haven Register; Peter Hvizdak.
First place: Coastal town offers a sheltering sky; News-Times; Rob Ryser.
Second place: Looking in Theatre offers students the chance to open the doors to dialogue; Connecticut Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger,
Regional C (Magazine)
First place: Wrongfully imprisoned for 27 Years, Mark Schand is finally living the life he always wanted; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang
Third place (feature story): The ancient tradition of seeking sanctuary in churches has been reborn in Connecticut; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang
General column, Regional A
Second place: The ballad of the Depression Kid; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon.
Third place: Side issues are the economy; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar.
Second place: Birth mother vs. bio mother; Stamford Advocate; Deborah DiSesa Hirsch.
Third place: Empty nest, packed emotions; Stamford Advocate; Deborah DiSesa Hirsch.
Government, Regional A
Third place: Malloy myth is dead wrong; he slashed state spending; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar
Second place: Developer BLT seeks new tax district to expand footprint in Stamford neighborhood; Stamford Advocate; Barry Lytton.
Third place: Overtime pays for Danbury cop shortage; News-Times; Dirk Perrefort.
Headline, Regional A
First place: Grits, froyo, sweetings; New Haven Register; Lynn Schnier.
First place: Unorthodox sanctuaries/Spring in step/ Marilyn moon row; Stamford Advocate; Ashley Winchester.
Second place: At sixes and sevens/A springer in her step/Before you go, go; Greenwich Time; Sue Nusbaum.
Third place: Mettle, zen, taps; News-Times; Lynn Schnier.
Regional C (magazine)
First place: Super bowl/Savage garden/The Twain you shall meet; Connecticut Magazine; Albert Yuravich.
Third place: Psychedelic drugs show promise for treatment of PTSD; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang.
Humorous column, Regional B
First place: Isn’t It Romantic?; Stamford Advocate; Jerry Zezima.
Second place: News cycle sets Kid’s wheels turning; Stamford Advocate; John Breunig.
In-depth, Regional B
Second place: Opioid crisis fuels massive litigation against Purdue Pharma; Stamford Advocate; Paul Schott.
Third place: Maintenance deferred: Without funding, problems can grow like … mold; Stamford Advocate; Erin Kayata.
Regional C (magazine)
Second place: The battle to preserve Plum Island; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang.
Infographic Design (magazine)
First place: Apples to apples; Connecticut Magazine; Greg Moody.
Second place: Recycling: In or out?; Connecticut Magazine; Greg Moody.
Investigative, Regional A
Third place: Race for Gov; contrast of words, business; business record under scrutiny; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon.
First place: Perfectly imperfect heirloom apples are making a comeback; Erik Ofgang; Connecticut Magazine.
Local reporting, hyperlocal
Third place: 500 Main St.,: Why has “the most dangerous intersection in Westport” never been fixed?; Westport News; Sophie Vaughn.
First place: Remaining Washington Village residents struggle with deteriorating conditions; The Hour; Justin Papp.
Second place: Homeless: A life and death in Danbury; News-Times; Zach Murdock.
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Third place: Season’s sweetings; New Haven Register; Lynn Schnier.
Second place: Greenwich Town Party; Greenwich Time; Sue Nusbaum.
Third place: Crews to the rescue; News-Times; Sue Nusbaum.
Page 1 layout, Regional A
Third place: New Haven Top 50; New Haven Register; Alyson Bowman.
First place: The year that was; The Hour; Sue Nusbaum.
Third place: Ship wrecked; Greenwich Time; Sue Nusbaum.
Photo essay, Regional B
First place: Snowclone; Greenwich Time; Sue Nusbaum, Tyler Sizemore.
Second place: Lighting the sky; Greenwich Time; Tyler Sizemore.
Third place: Dance of the ages; News-Times; H. John Voorhees III.
First place: Bishop takes control of St. Paul’s Church in Darien; Darien News; Lynandro Simmons.
Third place: Rector to stay amid tensions; Darien News; Humberto Rocha.
First place: Joined in grief and faith; News-Times; Rob Ryser.
Third place: ‘A different style of church’ — Megachurch Hillsong makes home in Norwalk; The Hour; Justin Papp.
Sports column, Regional A
Second place: As records fall at girls State Open track, debate rages over transgender issue; GameTimeCT.com; Jeff Jacobs.
Sports feature, Regional A
First place: The growing pressure and demands of coaching each year lead to some asking: ‘Is it even worth it?’ ;GameTimeCT.com; Doug Bonjour.
Second place: Epic rock-paper-scissors battle settles SCC baseball quarterfinal matchup; GameTimeCT.com; Pete Paguaga.
Second place: Season-ending injury cannot keep Kellner out of gym; Stamford Advocate; Scott Ericson.
Third place: ‘I’ve never been a quitter,’ says ex-NFL player Amari Spievey; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day.
Regional C (magazine)
First place: At UConn, Dan Hurley is taking on “the ultimate challenge”; Connecticut Magazine; David Borges.
Second place: For Anne Worcester, this tennis tournament is a labor of love; Connecticut Magazine; Paul Doyle.
Sports news, Regional A
Third place: NCAA investigating UConn men; New Haven Register; Jeff Jacobs.
Second place: Barber, Muir unstoppable as Greenwich shuts out New Canaan for CIAC Class LL state title; Greenwich Time; David Fierro.
Third place: Brunswick’s Cornelius Johnson chooses Michigan; Greenwich Time; David Fierro.
Sports photo, Regional B
Second place: Not as close as once thought; Stamford Advocate; H. John Voorhees III.
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