The Washington Times won nine awards in the 2010 Maryland Delaware D.C. Press Association editorial contest for daily newspapers of more than 75,000 circulation, the Maryland-based professional and membership group announced Monday.
Investigative reporter Jeffrey Anderson won first place in the local government category for his story “D.C. school lunch firm challenged,” described by judges as “an unappetizing look at a company’s seeming inability to provide minimally healthy meals to schoolchildren around the nation.”
Editorial writer James Robbins also won first place for his commentary titled “Iran hangs a little fish,” which drew accolades from judges who praised the poignancy and storytelling of the writing.
In the business category, Chuck Neubauer, another member of the Times investigations team, won first place for his story, “Drug firms hired athletes, luring doctors to play ball,” cited for its clarity of explanation and insight into certain unsavory practices of pharmaceutical companies.
In addition, copy desk editor Patrick Tuohy won first place for his headline “Can a cartoon cowboy lasso Oscars top prize?”
Economics reporter Patrice Hill won second place in the general news category for her story “American reliance on government reaches all-time high after recession.” She also won second place in the environment reporting division for “Green jobs no longer golden in stimulus.”
Mr. Anderson and Metro editor Matthew Cella took second place in the public service category for their series called “A horrible answer: The Districts struggle with juvenile justice reform,” which drew accolades from the judging team. “Outstanding … The four-part series documented case after case of juvenile victims and perpetrators in an epidemic that is spreading from the streets of Washington into Maryland’s suburbs. It also revealed a broken system sagging under a heavy caseload, poor decisions and few options,” the judges noted.
The Washington Times political staff took second place for group election coverage of the 2010 mid-term elections, primarily with coverage of the emerging tea party. The team included Stephen Dinan, Sean Lengell, Joseph Weber and Valerie Richardson.
The Washington Times design staff garnered a second place award for Page 1 design, under the headline “Voters foreclose on Dem House.”
The annual awards are open to multiple newspapers in the regional area, including The Times, the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun.