- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Press Association’s awards for the state’s outstanding journalist and outstanding young journalist of 2014 were presented Saturday night to writers who distinguished themselves in the newsrooms of The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk and The Daily Progress in Charlottesville.

The awards were made at the association’s annual meeting in Roanoke.

John Holland, of The Virginian-Pilot, was chosen as the Outstanding Journalist of the Year. Holland was nominated by Denis Finley, former editor of the Pilot, who wrote, “Holland, a staff writer and veteran international journalist, goes about his business of covering Virginia Beach’s city hall or helping report on the latest mayhem. Stories with impact.”

Katy Burnell Evans, of The Daily Progress, was selected as the Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year. The judges wrote, “There is nothing as gratifying as watching a local newspaper reporter serving her audience. In short, her stories not only inform, they cause change.” Evans recently joined the news staff of Richmond Times-Dispatch.

These awards allow VPA members to recognize and celebrate the qualities, traits, and skills of the best journalists on their staff. To qualify for the outstanding young journalist competition, the nominee must be younger than 30 years of age at the time of nomination.

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