- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Associated Press correspondent Michelle Smith has won a regional journalism award for distinctive coverage of Rhode Island politics.

The New England Society of News Editors announced Thursday it’s honoring Smith with the 2015 Sevellon Brown Associated Press Journalist of the Year award.

NESNE president Anne Brennan says Smith won for stories about former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci’s attempt at a political comeback and the downfall and arrest of former state House speaker Gordon Fox. Brennan says Smith “dug deep and led the way on stories nobody else pursued.”

Smith’s reporting revealed that no money from sales of Cianci’s pasta sauce was donated in recent years for scholarships, despite labels claiming the proceeds helped students attend college.

The award is named for Sevellon Brown, the late editor and publisher of The Providence Journal-Bulletin and founder of the American Press Institute.

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