Daily News cleans up in statewide newspaper awards

Posted: April 01, 2014

THE Daily News has won the top honor among the state's largest newspapers in the 2014 Keystone Press Awards.

The People Paper captured seven first-place awards, eight second-place prizes and four honorable mentions, giving the newspaper the top "sweepstakes" total for all Pennsylvania papers with a circulation of at least 75,000.

The Daily News staff won two first-place awards:

* Breaking news, for "Razing Hell," coverage of the building collapse in June at 22nd and Market streets that killed six people.

* Special project, for "Forgotten," about Philadelphia cases similar to the highly publicized Florida slaying of Trayvon Martin.

The paper's five other first-place awards:

* Series: Staff writers Barbara Laker and David Gambacorta, for "Under the Gun," articles about the impact of illegal firearms on the city.

* Headline writing: News editor Joe Berkery, for "Big Bong Theory," about Gov. Corbett's contention that jobless numbers were high because job seekers were, too; "Battling Heroine," about a female pastor fighting drug blight; and "Are You Sittin' Me?" about the Eagles' quarterback competition.

* Column writing: Helen Ubiñas, for three of her columns.

* Editorial writing: Tom Ferrick, for three of his editorials.

* News photo: Steven M. Falk, for "Sweating bullets," featuring a woman behind a bullet-shattered window.

The Daily News also garnered eight second-place citations:

* Distinguished writing: Jason Nark, for three of his articles.

* Feature story: Ronnie Polaneczky, for "Paper Trail," about a man who as an infant had been found wrapped in a Daily News.

* News beat reporting: Regina Medina, for her education coverage.

* Personality profile: Dana DiFilippo, for "Hooked on Science," about a teacher who invents gadgets for his students.

* Sports-event coverage: Sports staff, for "The Frost and the Furious," the Eagles-Lions "snow bowl" game.

* Sports beat reporting: Les Bowen, for his Eagles coverage.

* Sports/outdoor column: Sam Donnellon, for a selection of his work.

* Feature beat reporting: Beer columnist Don Russell, for his "Joe Sixpack" columns.

Honorable mention:

* Investigative reporting: William Bender, for "Mr. Hide," about Mayor Nutter's questionable transparency.

* Series: Staff artist Amy Raudenbush, for "Art Thief," lessons in how to draw.

* Headline writing: Assistant Sports Editor Drew McQuade, for a selection of his headlines.

* Feature photo: David Maialetti, for "Zen moment," runners passing the Chinatown gate.

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