The Herald-Mail named the 2011 Newspaper of the Year at MDDC awards

April 20, 2012
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The Herald-Mail on Friday won 32 awards and was named the 2011 Newspaper of the Year for its division by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association.

The newspaper’s awards included 17 first-place and 15 second-place honors in its division. The Herald-Mail is in Division B, for newspapers with daily circulations of between 30,000 and 75,000.

Publisher Andy Bruns said he was “thrilled and proud to have inherited such a quality staff” and promised to make sure the paper keeps the quality up in the years to come.

“We would do it whether we got awards or not, but boy, it’s nice to be recognized,” he said.

This is the 10th time The Herald-Mail has been Newspaper of the Year since 1995. The last time was in 2007.

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

The Herald-Mail submitted news and feature stories, editorials, local columns, photographs, pages, graphics and videos that were published last year. The winners and their categories include:


  • 1st place, General News: Jennifer Fitch for “Linked by Tragedy”
  • 1st place, Investigative Reporting: Arnold Platou for “Fire and Rescue Files”
  • 1st place, Spot News: Jennifer Fitch for “Airplane Crashes at Martinsburg Air Show”
  • 1st place, Continuing Coverage: Marie Gilbert for “Living With Adversity”
  • 1st place, Public Service: Dan Dearth for “County to Close Senior Nutrition Site”
  • 1st place, Business Reporting: Kate Alexander for “Signs of the Times”
  • 1st place, Education Reporting: Janet Heim for “Tech High: Preparing Students for the Future”
  • 1st place, Arts/Entertainment Reporting: Amy Dulebohn for “Grammy Winner Makes ‘Marx’ Across Genres”
  • 1st place, Special Section: Staff for “The Civil War”
  • 2nd place, Spot News: Dave McMillion for “Blaze Destroys Market”
  • 2nd place, Feature Story — Profile: Marie Gilbert for “Entering a New Frontier”
  • 2nd place, Continuing Coverage: Jennifer Fitch for “Water Activities Prohibited at Cowans Gap to Test Water forE. ColiBacteria”
  • 2nd place, Public Service: Julie Greene for “Boy’s Long Walk Home Changes School Policy”
  • 2nd place, Local Government: Heather Keels for “Backyard Chicken Raising Rising in Popularity”
  • 2nd place, Business Reporting: Heather Keels for “Closing the Doors on History”
  • 2nd place, Religion Reporting: Kate Alexander for “9/11Brought Islam Under Scrutiny”
  • 2nd place, Arts/Entertainment Reporting: Chris Copley for “Artist Returns to His Roots”

  • 1st Place, Local Column — Feature or Humor: Alicia Notarianni for “Caregiving Reaps Many Rewards”
  • 2nd place, Local Column — Critical Thinking: Bill Kohler for “The Sound of Silence and Rock ‘n’ Roll”


  • 1st place, General News Photo: Kevin G. Gilbert for “Marine Laid to Rest”
  • 1st place, Spot News Photo: Ric Dugan and Chris Tilley for “Woman Shot in Dual Highway Standoff”
  • 1st place, Feature Photo: Ric Dugan for “Sun Bakes Area”
  • 1st place, Sports Photo: Joe Crocetta for “Clear Spring’s Youth Serves Loss to Hancock”
  • 2nd place, Spot News Photo: Joe Crocetta for “Moller Organ Building Burns”


  • 1st place, Sports Story: Andrew Mason for “The Last Laugh: Riddle Isn’t Joking with Record-Setting Punchline at JFK 50 Mile”
  • 2nd Place: Daily Sports Column: Bob Parasiliti for “Life’s Score Isn’t Kept On the Field”
Design and Graphics
  • 1st place, Page 1 Design: Joel Huffer for “Moller Organ Building Burns”
  • 2nd place, Page 1 Design: Sherry Bourgeois for “Out of the Ashes”
  • 2nd place, Headline: Jake Womer for “A Unique Enterprise”


  • 1st place, Multimedia Storytelling — Feature: Heather Keels for “Forty West Landfill Tour”
  • 2nd place, General Website Excellence: Staff for
  • 2nd place, Best Use of Interactive Media: Staff for “ Little League Tournament”
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