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Winners of the Editorial Contest announced

Congratulations to the winners of the annual MDDC Editorial Contest!  Find these award-winning journalists in the list below* and celebrate their accomplishments May 12 at the lunchtime awards party!  These winners represent the best work of member publications in Maryland, Delaware and DC – and competition was stiff, with over 2000 entries this year.  Publications are divided into seven categories, based on circulation, and entries are judged, in most cases, by a sister press association.  This year, judges from the West Virginia Press Association evaluated our entries.  For some specific awards, such as Website of General Excellence, Rookie of the Year, and our James S. Keat FOI Award, we convened a distinguished panel of local judges to review the work. All of the winners will be included in our special awards publication, which will be given to each attendee and distributed to legislators, chamber of commerce executives and advertisers.

The judges were very impressed with the caliber of writing in the contest. One judge commented “All the entries renew our faith in the transformative power of journalism. They were all well-written and well-researched. Picking winners was a challenge.” We will post all of the winning entries on our website immediately after the event.   

The Press Association will celebrate all of the winners at the Editorial Awards Luncheon, May 12, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Annapolis, MD.  During that program, we will reveal the individual winners and their placements, the Best in Show category winners and News Organization of the Year.  We will also recognize the James S. Keat FOI Award, the Michael S. Powell High School Journalist of the Year, and the Rookie of the Year.

Don’t miss this event, which showcases the best of our industry!  Tickets and sponsorships are available now.

*Bolded names indicate multiple wins.

What the judges said: “This was an incredibly tough category to judge. All the entries showed reporters' enterprising skills and were easy to read, thanks to a wealth of personal interviews and thorough background information.”

Division A – Daily print over 75,000

The Baltimore Sun

  • Adam Marton
  • Alexander Pyles
  • Algerina Perna
  • Alison Knezevich
  • Bill Wachsberger
  • Carrie Wells
  • Catherine Rentz
  • Childs Walker
  • Christopher Assaf
  • Dan Rodricks
  • David Zurawik
  • Don Markus
  • Doug Donovan
  • Emma Patti Harris
  • Erica L. Green
  • Glenn McNatt
  • Jay Judge
  • Jeff Barker
  • Jeffrey F. Bill
  • Jerry Jackson
  • Jin Bae Kim
  • Jonas Shaffer
  • Justin George
  • Kalani Gordon
  • Karl Merton Ferron
  • Kenneth K. Lam
  • Kevin Kallaugher
  • Kevin Rector
  • Kim Hairston
  • Leeann Adams
  • Lloyd Fox
  • Luke Broadwater
  • Mark Puente
  • Mary Carole McCauley
  • Mike Klingaman
  • Pamela Wood
  • Scott Dance
  • Tim Prudente
  • Tracie Rawson
  • Tricia Bishop

What the judges said:  "Wide-reaching, but at the same time deeply personal. You segmented the package beautifully and I have no doubt your coverage will have an impact on the system."

The News Journal

  • Karl Baker
  • Brittany Horn
  • Christina Jedra
  • Daniel Sato
  • Esteban Parra
  • Jeff Mordock
  • Molly Murray
  • Jennifer Corbett
  • Jen Rini
  • Kyle Grantham
  • Robert Cohn

The Washington Post

  • Aaron C. Davis
  • Aaron Steckelberg
  • Adam Kilgore
  • Amy Brittain
  • Ann E. Marimow
  • Arron  Gregg
  • Bonnie Berkowitz
  • Chiqui  Esteban
  • Chuck  Culpepper
  • Dan Steinberg
  • Emily Morman
  • Fenit  Nirappil
  • Geoff  Edgers
  • John  Kelly
  • John Woodrow Cox
  • Jonathan O'Connell
  • Madia Brown
  • Michael Johnson
  • Michelle  Boorstein
  • Monica Hesse
  • Petula  Dvorak
  • Ponch Garcia
  • Sally Jenkins
  • Sally Jenkins
  • Will  Hobson

Division B – Daily print 20,000 - 75,000

The Cumberland Times-News

  • Greg Larry
  • Heather Wolford
  • Jeffrey Alderton
  • Ken Nolan
  • Michael A.  Sawyers
  • Mike Burke
  • Teresa McMinn

What the judges said: "Thorough and detailed without getting bogged down or boring. Nicely done."

The Capital

  • Ben Weathers
  • Chase Cook
  • Christina Jedra
  • Paul Gillespie
  • Cindy Huang
  • Greg Nucifora
  • John McNamara
  • Joshua McKerrow
  • Matt Cole
  • Max Simpson
  • Mike Collins
  • Ulysses Muñoz
  • Wendi Winters

The Frederick News-Post

  • Andy Schotz
  • Bill Green
  • Brandi Bottalico
  • Colin McGuire
  • Danielle Gaines
  • Dan Gross
  • The Frederick News-Post Staff
  • Graham Cullen
  • Greg Swatek
  • Imade Bohra
  • Jeremy Arias
  • Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
  • Joseph Dever
  • Julianne Peeling
  • Karen Gardner
  • Katlynn Almansor
  • Kate Masters
  • Nancy Lavin
  • Paige Jones
  • Robert Snyder
  • Samantha Hogan
  • Susan Guynn
  • Sylvia Carignan

The Herald-Mail

  • Amy Dulebohn
  • Andrew Mason
  • Andy Bruns
  • Bob Parasiliti
  • C.J. Lovelace
  • Colleen McGrath
  • Dan Dearth
  • Dave Barnhart
  • Jennifer Fitch
  • Kevin Dunleavy
  • Kevin Gilbert
  • Meg Partington
  • Ric Dugan
  • Tamela Baker

Division C - Daily print under 20,000

Carroll County Times

  • Bob Blubaugh
  • Dylan Slagle
  • Emily Chappell
  • Heather Mongilio
  • Heather Norris
  • Jacob deNoble
  • Jake Rill
  • Jon Kelvey
  • Ken Koons
  • Kevin Dayhoff
  • Kim Butler
  • Max Simpson
  • Michel Elben
  • Pat Stoetzer
  • Ulysses Muñoz

Cecil Whig

  • Carl Hamilton
  • Jacob Owens
  • Jane Bellmyer
  • Jessica Iannetta
  • Joe Antoshak

Delaware State News

  • Chuck Snyder
  • Gary Emeigh
  • Ian Gronau
  • Marc Clery
  • Matt Bittle

What the judges said: "Very thorough! Variety of angles and perspectives was impressive. Bravo."

The Daily Record

  • Adam Bednar
  • Anamika Roy
  • Bryan P. Sears
  • C. Fraser Smith
  • Christie Sielfleisch
  • Jessica Gregg
  • Maximilian Franz
  • Ryan O'Shea
  • Steve Lash

The Daily Times

  • Donna Poulsen
  • Emily Chappell
  • Gray Hughes
  • Hannah Carroll
  • Henry Culvyhouse
  • Ian Young
  • Jeremy Cox
  • Liz Holland
  • Megan Raymond
  • Mitchell Northam
  • Ralph Musthaler
  • Susan Parker

The Star Democrat

  • Connie Connolly
  • David Everman
  • David Insley
  • Dustin Holt
  • John Griep
  • Katie Willis
  • Rick Kollinger
  • Sarah Drury
  • William Haufe

Division D - Non-daily print over 20,000

The City Paper

  • Athena Towery
  • Baynard Woods
  • Brandon Soderberg
  • Brandon Weigel
  • Charlie Herrick
  • Edward Ericson Jr.
  • Jennifer Walker
  • J.M.  Giordano
  • Lawrence Lanahan
  • Karen Houppert
  • Lisa Snowden-McCray
  • Maura Callahan
  • Rebekah Kirkman
  • Reginald Thomas II
  • The citizens of Baltimore

Laurel Leader

  • Janene Holzberg
  • Lisa Philip
  • Jen Rynda
  • Mike Giuliano
  • Patti Restivo
  • Tony Glaros

Maryland Independent

  • Andrew Richardson

The Aegis

  • Allan Vought
  • Bobby Parker
  • Brian Krista
  • Bryna Zumer
  • Chelsea Carr
  • David Anderson
  • Erika Butler
  • Jay Judge
  • Jerry Jackson
  • Mac Lloyd
  • Matt Button
  • Max Simpson
  • Nils Johnson
  • Ted Hendricks
  • Ulysses Muñoz

The Catholic Review

  • Archbishop William E. Lori
  • Christopher Gunty
  • Erik Zygmont
  • Kevin Parks
  • Paul McMullen
  • Rita Buettner
  • Sara Travlos

Towson Times

  • Barbara Pash
  • Brian Krista
  • Jen Rynda
  • Lloyd Batzler
  • Nelson Coffin
  • Rachael Pacella

What the judges said: "Excellent photo. Along with great headline, makes reader want to know more. Lovely page."

Division E - Non-daily print 10,000 to 20,000

Andrews Gazette

  • Bobby Jones
  • Hannah Troyer

Baltimore Jewish Times

  • Ebony Brown
  • Joshua Runyan
  • Justin Silberman
  • Marc Shapiro

Bayside Gazette

  • Josh Davis

Calvert Recorder

  • Meghan Cady

Cape Gazette

  • Chris Flood
  • Chris Rausch
  • Dan Cook
  • Deny Howeth
  • Ryan Mavity
  • Edwin Krumm
  • Jen Ellingsworth
  • Kenny Riedel
  • Kristin Sinnott
  • Maddy Lauria
  • Melissa Steele
  • Molly MacMillan
  • Nancy Katz
  • Nick Roth
  • Rob Waters
  • Ronald MacArthur

What the judges said: "The winner took a potentially mundane topic and gave it a very human perspective. The reality of conflict, and all its practicalities, good and bad, were conveyed effectively."

The Coastal Point

  • Darin McCann
  • Laura Walter
  • Shaun Lambert

Howard County Times

  • Andrew Michaels
  • Fatimah Waseem
  • Janene Holzberg
  • Jen Rynda
  • Lisa Philip
  • Max Simpson
  • Michael Ricigliano
  • Tim Schwartz
  • Ulysses Muñoz

Maryland Gazette

  • Staff

The Salisbury Independent

  • Greg Bassett
  • Tony Weeg

Dundalk Eagle

  • Bill Gates
  • Virginia Terhune

The Enterprise

  • Dandan Zou
  • Gretchen Phillips
  • Jason Babcock
  • Jesse Yeatman
  • John Wharton
  • Rick Boyd

Prince George’s Sentinel

  • Andrea Blackstone
  • Candace Rojo Keyes
  • Daniel Kucin Jr.
  • Emily Blackner
  • Michael Smith
  • Shawn McFarland

Washington Business Journal

  • Carolyn M. Proctor
  • Jamey Fry
  • Laurie Lawrence
  • Rebecca Cooper
  • Tina Reed
  • Tracie Ching
  • Vandana Sinha

Washington Jewish Week

  • David Holzel
  • Joshua Runyan

Division F - Non-daily print under 10,000

APG News

  • Rachel Ponder

Arbutus Times

  • Kimberly Butler
  • Rachael Pacella

Baltimore Business Journal

  • Carley Milligan
  • Joanna Sullivan
  • Jonathan Munshaw
  • Joshua Gordon
  • Melody Simmons
  • Morgan Eichensehr
  • Ryan Sharrow
  • Stephanie Redding
  • Wendy Goldfarb

Bay Times

  • Angela Price
  • Mike Davis

Catonsville Times

  • Jen Rynda
  • Rachael Pacella

Dorchester Banner

  • Paul Clipper

Kent County News

  • Daniel Divilio
  • Dorian Mitchell
  • Leann Schenke
  • Trish McGee

Montgomery County Sentinel

  • Brandy Simms
  • Brian Karem
  • Brennan Karem
  • Danica Roem
  • Eva Paspalis
  • Jacqui South
  • Jake Brodsky
  • Kyle Stackpoole
  • Mark Robinson
  • Mark Poetker
  • Neal Earley
  • Paul Schwartz
  • Suzanne Pollak
  • Wyatt Karem

What the judges said: "These kind of pieces are extraordinary because they empower readers to make decisions on their own ... great research, great initiative, important story"

Potomac Almanac

  • Aaron Hwang
  • Ashley Claire Simpson
  • Cissy Finley Grant
  • Deborah Stevens
  • Jon Roetman

Seaford Star

  • Lynn R. Parks
  • Mike McClure
  • Rachel Farris

The Afro-American

  • Akira Kyles
  • Kamau High
  • Shantella Sherman
  • Zenitha Prince

The Dorchester Star

  • Dustin Holt

The Journal (Harrington)

  • Jennifer Antonik

The Newark Post

  • Josh Shannon
  • Karie Simmons

The Record

  • Bryna Zumer
  • David Anderson
  • Matt Button
  • Sean Welsh

Online-only Division

The Baltimore Brew

  • Fern Shen
  • Mark Reutter

Capital News Service

  • Alana Pedalino
  • Alex Bayline
  • Ben Harris
  • Brittany Britto
  • Catherine Sheffo
  • Charlie Wright
  • Connor Glowacki
  • Connor Mount
  • Dan Russo
  • Eleanor Mueller
  • Eliana Block
  • Hannah Lang
  • J.F. Meils
  • Jake Eisenberg
  • Jordan Branch
  • Katishi Maake
  • Leo Traub
  • Marina di Marzo
  • Matt Ellentuck
  • Mina Haq
  • Robbie Greenspan
  • Ryan Connors
  • Troy Jefferson
  • Vickie Connor
  • Zachary Melvin

What the judges said: "Good reporting and investigation and empowering readers to become an active participant in their community. Well written."

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