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Herald-Mail wins 21 press association awards

March 04, 2002

The Herald-Mail won 21 awards and was named Newspaper of the Year for its division by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association on Friday.

The newspaper's awards included nine first-place honors and two Best in Shows. Best in Shows are given to the best entry in each category among six divisions based on newspaper circulation.

The Herald-Mail is included in Division B, for newspapers with a circulation of 30,000 to 75,000.

The awards were presented Friday during the annual MDDC banquet at the Capitol Hilton in Washington.

Best in Show was presented to graphic designer Ryan Harpster for his entry in the Informational Graphics/Sports category titled "All-Area Basketball."

Harpster and sports writer Dan Spears also shared a Best in Show award in the Sports Page Design category for their entry from the March 31, 2001, edition of the sports page.

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The Herald-Mail, which publishes The Morning Herald, The Daily Mail and The Herald-Mail, submitted news and feature stories, editorials and local columns written in 2001. Also submitted were photographs, pages and graphics that appeared in the newspapers last year.

"Our newsroom does a great job. I am glad to see our editors, reporters and photographers recognized for their excellence," John League, Herald-Mail publisher said.

"Publishing a newspaper is a group effort, though," League said. "Every employee here made a contribution to our success this year."

Winners were:

- News

First place, Local Government: Reporter Dan Kulin for "At Large Vote Gives North End an Edge."

First place, Medical/Science: Reporter Julie Greene for "Bioengineered Crops are Both Blessing and Curse."

First place, Religion: Reporter Andrea Brown-Hurley for "Woman's Book Recalls Faithful Journey."

Second place, General News: Greene for "Methadone Clinic Planned."

Second place, Series: Former Lifestyle Editor Lisa Tedrick Prejean, page designer Kim Bain, graphic artist Ryan Harpster, Lifestyle reporter Kevin Clapp, Lifestyle reporter Kate Coleman and former Assistant Lifestyle Editor Meg Partington for "Outdoors Week."

Second place, Medical/Science: Kulin for "Calves Carry on in Zita's Image."

Second place, Education: Greene for "Home Schooling on the Rise."

Second place, State Government: Reporter Tara Reilly for "Girls Faring Better than Boys on Tests."

- Editorial

First place, Local Column: Weekend Editor Dick Fleming for "911 Tragedy Provides New Appreciation."

Second place, Local Column: Coleman for "Covering Life, Death and the Courage to Carry On."

- Photography

First place, General News Photo: Photographer Ric Dugan for "Troops Deployed."

Second place, Spot News Photo: Dugan for "Firefighters Rescue Kittens."

Second place, Feature Photo: Dugan for "He Shoots, He Scores."

Second place, Sports Photo: Photographer Richard T. Meagher for "30 Yards and a Cloud of Dust."

- Sports

First place, Sports Story: Sports Reporter Dan Spears for "Still TJ's Time."

- Design and Graphics

First place, Feature/News Page Design: Bain, Coleman and Clapp for the Jan. 14, 2001, Lifestyle page

First place, Sports Page Design: Spears and Harpster for the March 31, 2001, sports page.

First place, Informational Graphic/Sports: Harpster for sports graphic "All-Area Basketball."

Second place, Headline: Copy editor Arnold Platou for "Chin up - Molly, the Dog, Goes to the Top: Roof! Roof! Roof!"

Second place, Feature/News Page Design: Bain and Dugan for a May 10, 2001, page.

Second place, Art or Illustration: Harpster for a graphic titled "Welcome Illustration."

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