- The Washington Times - Monday, March 14, 2005

The Washington Times has won 20 awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association for stories, photographs, designs and artwork that appeared in the paper during 2004.

Features writer Christian Toto received best-in-show in both the arts/entertainment and education categories for stories titled “Online Blogging” and “Lights, Camera … Action?” which judges praised for their originality.

Mr. Toto also was awarded first place in both categories for the stories.

Assistant Managing Editor Maria Stainer and designer Greg Groesch were awarded best-in-show for informational graphics featured in “World War II,” a section devoted to the conflict’s 60th anniversary.

The team also received first place in the category.

Assistant Special Sections Editor Scott Haring and artist Alexander Hunter received the Times’ fourth best-in-show award in the sports page design category for “Evil Empire,” a depiction of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner as outer-space bully Darth Vader. They, too, placed first in the category.

In addition, Mr. Hunter took second place in the art/illustration division with his illustration.

Assistant Managing Editor Ken McIntyre and Art Director Joe Scopin took first place in Page One design for “He lifted up the world,” the centerpiece of funeral coverage for former President Ronald Reagan.

National writer Julia Duin garnered first place in religious writing for “Silenced priest warns of gay crisis,” which judges praised as “bold and gutsy.”

Copy editor William O’Brien won first place for his headline “Pols want to bury Lenin, not praise him,” which judges said “grabs attention and appropriately reflects story — and with humor.”

Business writer Patrice Hill won second place in the general news story division for “Some with no jobs shun work for the dole,” while features writer Jen Waters won second place in the religion category for “Pop Psalmist.” Special section writer Karen Goldberg Goff took second place in the education category for “Grading public schools.”

Metro writer Matthew Cella won second place in the local government division for “Language law translates to $440,000 a year,” and sportswriter Mark Zuckerman placed second in the sports feature story category for “A road too traveled.”

Sports Editor Mark Hartsell, editors Mr. Haring and Mrs. Stainer, plus sportswriters Bob Cohn, Dan Daly, Dick Heller, Jody Foldesy, Mr. Zuckerman, David Elfin, Ken Wright, Thom Loverro and photographers Ross D. Franklin, Michael Connor and Joseph Silverman shared a second-place award in the special-section category for “Redskins ‘04/NFL.”

Photographer Daniel Rosenbaum received second place in the general news photo division for “Comforted,” while political cartoonist Bill Garner took second place in the editorial cartoon competition for “Not me — I wouldn’t touch that disgusting thing.”

The Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association was founded in 1908 and has 164 regional members.

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