- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Washington Times reporters, photographers and graphic-design artists took six “Mark Twain” editorial awards in the Chesapeake Associated Press annual awards competition this week.

Times business reporter Jeffrey Sparshott won for the best news series with a three-day report called “Retooling America.” The series, which ran in April 2004, offered an in-depth look at how three small U.S. cities are coping with the loss of their major manufacturing businesses.

Patrice Hill, also a business reporter, won the award for best business story for an article on how inflation woes don’t “add up,” according to economic-index data.

Times sports reporter Barker Davis won the award for best sports feature with “On the road again,” a lively profile of veteran college basketball referee Tim Higgins.

Graphic artists Alex Hunter and Scott Haring won in the new category for best sports-page design. Their 24-page “Evil Empire” special section on the start of baseball season depicted the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry as another “Star Wars.”

Times editorial writer Deborah Simmons won for best column with her poignant “In faith and deed.” Her column, which ran during the national mourning period for President Reagan, honored those who “soldier on” despite losing loved ones to Alzheimer’s disease.

Times photographer Liz O. Baylen won for best photo story with her “Separate Lives” photos, taken in Beslan, Russia, not long after that community’s tragic school massacre.

The Chesapeake AP awards were presented Monday in Baltimore.

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