Herald-Mail wins 23 press association awards

April 29, 2006


The Herald-Mail won 23 awards and was named the 2005 Newspaper of the Year for its division by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association on Friday.

The Herald-Mail has been recognized as Newspaper of the Year for five consecutive years and has received the honor 10 of the last 13 years.

The newspaper's awards included 11 first-place honors in its division. The divisions are based on newspaper circulation.

The Herald-Mail is in Division B, for newspapers with daily circulations between 30,000 and 75,000.

"I salute our newsroom and our entire newspaper. It is an honor to again be recognized by our peers for good work," John League, editor and publisher of The Herald-Mail, said of the newspaper's showing in the contest.


The awards were presented Friday during the annual MDDC luncheon in Annapolis.

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 2005.

Also submitted were photographs, pages and graphics that appeared in the newspapers last year.



First place, General News: Pepper Ballard for "Still feeling the impact"

First place, Investigative Reporting: Pepper Ballard for "Danger in our midst"

First place, Public Service: Staff for "Killer's Ashes," about a convicted murderer's ashes being placed at Arlington National Cemetery.

First place, Religion: Janet Heim and Arnold Platou for "'Miracle' kids"

Second place, General News: Andrew Schotz and Tamela Baker for "Memories of VE Day

Second place, Continuing Coverage: Staff for "Three killed in fire"

Second place, Series: Staff for "Holiday Heroes"

Second place, Growth and Development: Staff for "Growing pains"

Second place, Environment: Karen Hanna for "Geese leaving mess behind at former fort"


First Place, Local Column: Tim Rowland for "Critters, cowboys fare well in county emergency plan"

First Place Editorial Cartoon: Rob Rock for "Say hey babies"

Second place, Local Column: Liz Thompson for "Story's about use of taxpayer money"


First place, General News Photo: Ric Dugan for "Remembering three friends"

First place, Spot News Photo: Kevin G. Gilbert for "Manhunt"

First place, Feature Photo: Dugan for "Moon walk"

First place, Sports Photos: Dugan for "Catcher collision"

First place, Photo series: Yvette May for "Cold crisp beauty"

Second place, General News Photo: Richard T. Meagher for "Home, sweet home"

Second place, Feature Photo: Yvette May for "Back-to-school buss"

Second place, Sports Photo: Joe Crocetta for "Eye on the ball"


Second place, Sports Feature Story: Kate Coleman for "At 95, Hagerstown woman is right on par"

Design and Graphics

Second place, Headlines: Arnold Platou for "A fly-in the appointment"

Second place, Sports Page Design: Mark Keller for "How far is Seven?"

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