- The Washington Times - Friday, June 13, 2008

The Washington Times won seventeen awards in the 2008 Society of Professional Journalists Washington, D.C., Pro Chapter annual competition for writing, photography, artwork and news design.

The awards were presented Tuesday at the National Press Club. The Times led the newspaper category with five first-place winners.

Kelly Jane Torrance won first place for daily newspaper arts criticism for “Care bear.” Features editor Daniel Wattenberg came in second in the category for “Costello pulls out his B list,” while Jean Battey Lewis won third place for “Spectacular or spare, ballet wows.”

Times reporters took all three spots for daily newspaper sports. Jon Siegel took top honors for “Basic training.” Reporter Tim Lemke won second place for “Gil for hire,” andRyan O’Halloran brought home third place for “A salute to 21,” a tribute to Redskins’ safety Sean Taylor, who was fatally shot in a botched robbery attempt.

Two Times business reporters were also honored. Kara Rowland won first place in the daily newspaper business/financial reporting category for “Stringent visas hit seasonal businesses.” Retail reporter Jen Haberkorn garnered second place for “Unconventional trouble: Woes bedevil D.C. center’s retail spaces,” and Patrice Hill won third place for “Fairfax leads in good jobs.”

Metro reporter Gary Emerling won third place in daily newspaper general news for “D.C. schools nominee fails to validate success.”

Bert V. Goulait won first place in photojournalism for “An afternoon of reflection.” Astrid Riecken won second place for her series “Straight and narrow,” and Michael Connor took home third for “Patrick Ewing Jr.”

For daily newspaper spot news, metro reporter Arlo Wagner and national reporter Jim McElhatton won first prize for “20 hurt in Green Line derailment,” while David C. Lipscomb and Kristen Chick took second for “Fires damage D.C. treasures.”

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