The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won 15 Golden Quills, or first-place finishes, in the annual awards contest sponsored by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania.
In addition, it took the prestigious Ray Sprigle Memorial Award, named in honor of a legendary Pulitzer-Prize-winning Post-Gazette reporter, for its coverage of ex-Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper’s downfall; and two of its veteran writers — Gary Rotstein and Christopher Rawson — were honored with the Service to Journalism Award for co-founding the annual fundraising show “Off the Record.”
The awards were presented Thursday night at a banquet at the Sheraton Station Square. Golden Quill winners are announced the night of the banquet and are drawn from a list of finalists in wide-ranging categories of work entered by the region’s print, radio, television and magazine outlets. Besides its first-place finishes, the PG had 50 finalists. Its nearest large-circulation print competitor, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, had five first-place finishes and 13 finalists.
The Post-Gazette Golden Quill winners were:
Spot/Breaking News (for daily newspapers and wire services, circulation 45,000 and over): Staff award for print and online coverage of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s decision to withdraw from his race for re-election.
Editorial Cartoon: Rob Rogers, “Independence Day.”
Feature Article or Series: Tracie Mauriello, Rebecca Droke and Andrew McGill, “Newtown, Conn., One Year Later.”
Community Engagement News, Online: Staff, on Tumblr.
Education: Eleanor Chute and Mary Niederberger, “Missing Class” series on the problems of absenteeism in classrooms across the region.
Videography: Andrew Rush, “Bridges of the Allegheny.”
Health/Science/Environment — Online: Staff, “After Suicide,” stories, videos and an interactive on the incidences and impact of suicide.
Health/Science/Environment — Article or Series: Mark Roth, Julia Rendleman and Laura Schneiderman, “Mysteries of the Mind,” an occasional series on how patients and their doctors cope with and treat specific mental health issues.
Arts & Entertainment: Mackenzie Carpenter, “Does America’s First Book Rate a $30 Million Price Tag?”
Food Feature: Bob Batz Jr., “Trees to Table: Penn’s Woods Shares Some Sap.”
Sports Photography: Peter Diana, “Sidney Crosby Scores His First Goal of the Series.”
Sports Article or Series: Brady McCollough, “This Is No Game,” a series on the Pressley Ridge school and its basketball program.
Editorials: Reg Henry.
Enterprise/Investigative Story: Rich Lord, Jon Silver and Liz Navratil, “Police Chief’s Outside Businesses Questioned.”
Best-of-Show Ray Sprigle Memorial Award: Rich Lord, Jon Silver and Liz Navratil, “Police Chief’s Outside Businesses Questioned.”
Service to Journalism Award: Gary Rotstein and Chris Rawson founded “Off the Record” in 2001. The musical satire of Pittsburgh news and newsmakers, co-sponsored by the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh and SAG-AFTRA Pittsburgh, has raised $300,000 for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
The Post-Gazette finalists were:
Spot News Photography — Bob Donaldson (“Explosion Levels Moon Home”), Larry Roberts (“A Family Gripped By Grief”)
Spot/Breaking News Online — Nate Guidry (“Residents Recall Evacuation from Burning Building”)
Spot/Breaking News, Daily Newspapers — Kaitlyn Riely, Teresa Lindeman and Len Boselovic (“Heinz Sold”); and Staff (Pope Francis).
News Illustration — Daniel Marsula (“Green Energy Fantasies”)
Feature Illustration — Daniel Marsula (“Cheeeww on This”), Daniel Marsula (“Les Moz”)
Editorial Cartoon — Rob Rogers (“Medieval Care”)
Page Design — Holly Artz and Daniel Marsula (“Cheeeww on This”), Ben Howard (“Gettysburg: Hinge of History”); Steve Ziants and James Hilston (“The Talent Drain”).
Photo Essay — Michael Henninger (“Defense of Marriage Act”)
Feature Photography — Michael Henninger (“Extreme Pogo”)
Personality Portrait — Michael Henninger (“The Macks, United in Marriage”); Larry Roberts (“Vita Opulence with Full Plumage”).
Online Feature — Tracie Mauriello, Rebecca Droke and Andrew McGill (“Newtown: One Year Later”)
Feature Article or Series — Gary Rotstein and Steve Mellon (“A Life Hijacked: Alzheimer’s Insidious Slide”)
Community Engagement News, Online — Staff, on Storify.
Education — Mary Niederberger (“Corbett’s Pension Proposal Drawing Concerns”); Mary Niederberger (“Wilkinsburg Schools Spent $500,000 on Consultants Over Three Years”); Bill Schackner (“For Onliners, Graduation Is First Day on Campus”).
Business/Technology/Consumer — Deborah Todd (“Haiti’s Digital World”)
Videography — Steve Mellon (“Alzheimer’s Tightens Its Grip on Former Pilot”); Julia Rendleman (“Family Left to Cope With Loss of Three Boys to Gun Violence”); Andrew Rush (“Living Without Arms”).
Health/Science/Environment Online — Julia Rendleman (“Current of Autism Runs through Family”)
Health/Science/Environment Article or Series — Sean Hamill (“VA Lapses Cited in Fatal Outbreak”); Gary Rotstein and Steve Mellon (“A Life Hijacked: Alzheimer’s Insidious Slide”)
History/Culture — Marylynne Pitz, Kevin Kirkland and Laura Schneiderman (“Bridges of Pittsburgh”).
Arts & Entertainment Online — Doug Oster (“Artist Eunsuh Choi Works Magic with Glass”)
Arts & Entertainment Article or Series — Maria Sciullo and Adrian McCoy (“Radio Days”); Robert Zullo (“Frights Burgh”)
Food — Melissa McCart (“Greens & Beans”); Melissa McCart (“Servers for Life”); Hal B. Klein (“Meet the Pittsburgh Chefs Who Are Second in Command”).
Sports Photography — Peter Diana (“Champagne Toast for the Winning Pirates Coach”); Matt Freed (“New York’s Casey Cizikas Just Misses Serious Injury”); Michael Henninger (“Rally Cry”)
Sports Reporting Online — Michael Henninger (“Surf Pittsburgh Takes on the Three Rivers”); Andrew Rush and Gerry Dulac (“The Best Par 3 Golf Holes in W. Pa.”)
Sports Article or Series — Mark Dent (“The Well-Kept Secret That Is the Multiyear Scholarship in NCAA”).
Editorials — Susan Mannella; Tom Waseleski
Columns — Reg Henry; Tony Norman
Continuing Blog — Seth Rorabaugh (Empty Netters); Mila Sanina, Steve Mellon and Marylynne Pitz (The Digs).
Enterprise/Investigative Article or Series — Staff (“Ex-Bodyguard: Mayor Knew of Credit Union Debit Cards”).
First Published May 22, 2014 10:01 PM