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N&O journalists win 40 press awards

“It helps to have a good teacher,” says Paloma Zabala, 15. “He pushes me to do things I don't think I can do, but I can really do -- and it helps.”
“It helps to have a good teacher,” says Paloma Zabala, 15. “He pushes me to do things I don't think I can do, but I can really do -- and it helps.” mschultz@newsobserver.com

The News & Observer and its community newspapers won a combined 40 awards in the North Carolina Press Association’s annual statewide competition.

Awards were presented Thursday night at a ceremony in Chapel Hill.

The honors included special awards in several categories. The N&O staff won the Henry Lee Weathers Freedom of Information Award for the series “Checks Without Balances: Big Pay in Tough Times.”

Joseph Neff won a special Media and the Law Award for best series, presented by the North Carolina Bar Association, and Jane Stancill tied with the staff of The Daily Tar Heel for the Duke University/Green-Rossiter Award for Distinguished Newspaper Work in Higher Education.

Andrew Kenney won the Associated Press’ Walter Spearman Award for outstanding writing by a journalist with two years’ experience or less, and Aaron Moody of the Eastern Wake News won the Hugh Morton Photographer of the Year award for community newspapers.

First-place awards for The N&O and its community newspapers were:

▪ Staff for online breaking news coverage.

▪ Andrea Weigl for feature writing.

▪ Tim Stevens for sports feature writing.

▪ Corey Lowenstein for feature photography.

▪ Staff for features section design.

▪ Mark Schultz of the Chapel Hill News for feature photography.

▪ Jonathan M. Alexander of The Durham News for education reporting.

▪ Mark Schultz of The Durham News for arts and entertainment reporting.

▪ Jim Wise of The Durham News for news enterprise reporting.

▪ J. Mike Blake of the Southwest Wake News for sports coverage.

Second-place awards:

▪ Staff for general excellence.

▪ Mandy Locke, David Raynor and Steve Riley for public service.

▪ Staff for investigative reporting.

▪ Ethan Hyman for sports photography.

▪ Luke DeCock for sports columns.

▪ Staff for general excellence for newspaper websites.

▪ Staff for sports coverage.

▪ Staff for special section.

▪ David Menconi for arts and entertainment coverage.

▪ Christine Adamczyk of The Cary News for sports photography.

▪ Mark Schultz of the Chapel Hill News for feature photography.

▪ Elliott Warnock of the Chapel Hill News for sports columns.

▪ Mark Schultz of The Durham News for arts and entertainment reporting.

▪ Staff of the Clayton News-Star for sports coverage.

Third-place awards:

▪ Mandy Locke, David Raynor and Rick Rothacker for investigative reporting.

▪ Andrew Carter for sports news reporting.

▪ Andrew Carter for sports features writing.

▪ Travis Long for general news photography.

▪ Ethan Hyman for sports feature photo.

▪ Staff for appearance and design.

▪ Ned Barnett, Burgetta Eplin Wheeler and Jim Jenkins for editorial page.

▪ Paul A. Specht of The Cary News for profile feature.

▪ Paul A. Specht of The Cary News for education reporting.

▪ Staff of the Smithfield Herald for sports coverage.

Honorable mention:

▪ Martha Quillin for the Thomas Wolfe Award for Outstanding Writing.

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