"This is another great job," John League, editor and publisher of The Herald-Mail, said of the newspaper's awards. "Our newspaper does a great job every day and this award is shared by every department at The Herald-Mail."
The awards were presented Friday during the annual MDDC luncheon in Pikesville, Md.
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 2004.
Also submitted were photographs, pages and graphics that appeared in the newspapers last year.
First place, Spot News: Greg Simmons and Kevin Gilbert for "Pilot rescued."
First place, Investigative Reporting and Best in Show: Schotz, Shappell, Maginnis, Rowland, Reilly and Ballard for "Chief: They got what they deserved."
First place, Local Government: Schotz for "Taxes, fees climbing."
First place, Public Service: Simmons for "Snow removal coverage."
First place, Education: Schotz, Wanda Williams, Tamela Baker and Julie E. Greene for "Brown v. Board of Education."
First place, Election Coverage: Liz Thompson, Tim Shea and Scott Butki for Voter's Guide - Board of Education."
Second place, Continuing Coverage/Series: Shappell, Thompson, Schotz, Ballard, Williams and Rowland for "Home, home on the porch," the story of a deer found by a local couple.
Second place, Local Government: Simmons for "Watt's the story?"
Second place, State Government: Simmons for "Abuse, neglect were probed in 3-year-old's death."
First place, General News Photo: Ric Dugan for "Soldier laid to rest."
First place, Spot News Photo: Yvette May for "Fire destroys 1892 house."
Second place, General News Photo: Richard T. Meagher for "Bush greets supporters."
Second place, Sports Photo: Joe Crocetta for "Over the Fence."
First place, Sports Story: Bob Parasiliti for "Dream dealt a detour."
Second place, Sports Feature Story: Parasiliti for "Scallion's stallions."
Design and Graphics
First place, Headline: Parasiliti for "Fathers: A pop culture."
First place, Page 1 Design: Ryan Harpster for "Bush leading."
First place, Informational Graphics: Harpster for "Go fish."
First place, Art or Illustration: Dugan for "Firestorm of Flavor."
Second place, Special Sections: Staff for "Hometown Guide."
Second place, Headlines: Bob Fleenor for "Two for tuba."
Second place, Feature/ News Page Design: Amy Dulebohn-Carr for "Meet a stranger."
Second place, Sports Page Design: Mark Keller and Dugan for "Ground control."