Herald-Mail staff gains 18 awards

February 27, 1999

The Herald-Mail newspapers won 18 awards, including nine first place awards, in this year's Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association contest.

The awards were handed out Friday during the association's annual banquet in Colombia, Md.

Winners are:


First place, continuing coverage: Reporter Kerry Lynn Fraley for coverage of the Michael Newell murder trial in Berkeley County, W.Va.

First place, education: Reporter Guy Fletcher for a four-part series on the state of education in Washington County.

First place, special sections: The Herald-Mail staff for the annual Focus section that profiles Tri-State area businesses.

Second place, feature story: Lifestyle Reporter Teri Johnson for a story on five sisters who all wore the same wedding dress.


Second place, local government: Reporter Julie Greene for a story detailing a one-year backlog of unapproved minutes with the Hagerstown City Council.

Second place, state government: Reporter Marlo Barnhart for a story on the parole hearing for Jeffrey Todd Whittington, who was convicted of the 1993 murder of his bride of three weeks.


Second place, editorial: Editorial Page Editor Bob Maginnis for an editorial titled "Spare us, Mr. President.''


First place, spot news photo: Photographer Ric Dugan for a photo capturing a firefighter rescuing a dog from a fire.

First place, photo series: Photographer Joe Crocetta for a series titled "Fields of Dreams.''

Second place, general news photo: Photographer Joe Crocetta for a photo titled "Changing of the Guard.''

Second place, feature photo: Photographer Ric Dugan for a photo titled "Cap & Groan.''


First place, sports story: Sports Editor Ron Somers for a story on Kari McCarty, a North Hagerstown High School student, who won the Maryland high school cross-country championship.

First place, sports column: Sports Writer Mark Keller, for a column titled "Hey, National: Thanks for the Memories.''

Second place, sports feature: Reporter Guy Fletcher for a package of stories highlighting the 1968 Hagerstown Little League team that was profiled in an ABC television special.

Design and graphics

First place, sports page design: Joel Huffer for the Aug. 8 issue of Sports Saturday.

First place, information graphics: Kim Bain for a graphic titled "Planning a Great Yard Sale.''

Second place, page one design: Executive Editor Gloria George and Joel Huffer for a July 5 edition that featured the July 4th celebration/Maryland Symphony Orchestra at Antietam National Battlefield and the 135th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Second place, art or illustration: Kim Bain for "The Twelve Days of Christmas.''

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