The News & Observer and its community publications took home 39 awards from the N.C. Press Association this year.
The honors were handed out Thursday night in Chapel Hill.
Reporter Joseph Neff received the Media and the Law Award for Best Series, and reporters Jane Stancill and Lynn Bonner won the Duke University/Green-Rossiter Award for Distinguished Newspaper Work in Higher Education.
The N&O and its community papers won 15 first-place awards:
▪ General excellence for newspaper websites.
▪ Features section design.
▪ Deadline news reporting for coverage of the fake-class scheme at UNC-Chapel Hill.
▪ Online breaking news coverage for reporting on the killings of three students in Chapel Hill.
▪ Barry Saunders for a selection of his lighter columns.
▪ Bruce Siceloff for serious columns for a selection of his Road Worrier columns.
▪ Neff for investigative reporting for his reporting on former State Employees Association of North Carolina director Dana Cope.
▪ Chip Alexander for sports news reporting for his obituary for former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith.
▪ Corey Lowenstein for photo page for photos of a family with six sons who just had a baby daughter.
▪ Ethan Hyman for sports feature photo for a picture of UNC basketball coach Roy Williams.
▪ Burgetta Eplin Wheeler, Ned Barnett and Jim Jenkins for editorial page.
▪ The Cary News’ Jessica Banov for a selection of her serious columns.
▪ Garner-Cleveland Record’s D. Clay Best for sports reporting for coverage of Garner High School’s state basketball championship.
▪ Garner-Cleveland Record’s Jonathan M. Alexander for best video, in which he competed against runner Johnny Dutch.
▪ Walter magazine for best niche publication.
Second-place awards went to:
▪ Neff for public service for the Dana Cope story.
▪ Dan Kane, Stancill and Andrew Carter for sports news reporting.
▪ Josh Shaffer for lighter columns.
▪ J. Mike Blake and Andrew Kenney of The Cary News for sports enterprise writing.
▪ Tammy Grubb of the Chapel Hill News for profile feature.
▪ Mark Schultz of the Chapel Hill News for photo feature.
▪ Johnny Whitfield of the Eastern Wake News for best video.
▪ Whitfield of the Eastern Wake News for editorials.
The N&O won third place in general excellence. Other third-place honors went to:
▪ Martha Quillin for general news reporting.
▪ David Ranii for business writing.
▪ Luke DeCock for sports columns.
▪ The staff for sports coverage.
▪ Colin Campbell for election/political reporting.
▪ Paul A. Specht of The Cary News for news feature writing.
▪ Blake of The Cary News for sports enterprise writing.
▪ Grubb of the Chapel Hill News for city/county government reporting.
▪ Sarah M. Albers of The Durham News for arts and entertainment reporting.
▪ Schultz of The Durham News for sports feature writing.
▪ Alexander of the Garner-Cleveland Record for election/political reporting.
▪ Mechelle Hankerson of the North Raleigh News for general news reporting.
▪ Will Doran of the Southwest Wake News for profile feature.