The News & Observer and its community papers won 29 awards in this year’s North Carolina Press Association contest.
The N&O placed second in the General Excellence category, the highlight of the awards event held Thursday evening in Chapel Hill.
Other honors included the Green-Rossiter Award for outstanding reporting on higher education, shared by reporters Jane Stancill, Dan Kane and J. Andrew Curliss.
Curliss also won a first-place award for online breaking news.
Other first-place wins by The N&O are John Frank and Lynn Bonner for general news reporting, Chris Seward for sports feature photo, John Murawski for criticism and the staff for general excellence for websites.
In the community newspaper division, Mark Schultz won first place in general news photography for his Durham News entries, Gloria Lloyd of the Chapel Hill News won first place in feature writing and D. Clay Best and the staff of the Garner-Cleveland Record won first place for sports coverage.
Schultz, editor of the Chapel Hill News and the Durham News, also was named Hugh Morton Photographer of the year for community newspapers.
Awards span categories
Second-place wins by The N&O and its community papers are:
• Dan Kane, J. Andrew Curliss and John Frank for news enterprise.
• Josh Shaffer for serious columns.
• J. Andrew Curliss for investigative reporting.
• Corey Lowenstein for general news photography.
• Staff for appearance and design.
• Chuck Liddy for sports photography.
• Ned Barnett, Jim Jenkins and Burgetta Wheeler for editorial pages.
• John Frank, Annalise Frank, Craig Jarvis and Lynn Bonner for online breaking news.
• Andrew Carter, Chris Wright, Luke DeCock and Joe Giglio for sports coverage.
• David Menconi for criticism.
• Harry Lynch of The Durham News for feature photography.
• Aaron Moody of the Eastern Wake News for general news photography.
Third-place wins by The N&O and its community papers are:
• Staff for features section design.
• John Murawski for news enterprise reporting.
• Staff for news section design.
• Dan Kane, J. Andrew Curliss and John Drescher for investigative reporting.
• Mark Schultz and Jim Kenny of The Durham News for use of photographs.
• Staff of the North Raleigh News for best community coverage.