- - Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Washington Times received four first-place awards in the Virginia Press Association’s contest for work published during 2011. The Times was honored for reporting, column writing, headline writing and photography.

Competing in the highest circulation category (70,000 or more), The Times collected a total of 13 awards at the VPA’s annual awards banquet Saturday in Roanoke.

“We’re pleased to be recognized for our efforts last year, against keen competition,” editor Ed Kelley said. “Journalists at The Washington Times work hard every day to serve our audiences in Virginia, both digital and print.”

First-place winners for The Times were:

• Andrew Harnik in the personality or portrait photo category.

• Patrice Hill in business and financial writing.

• Jim McElhatton in government writing.

• Deron Snyder in sports column writing.

Winning second-place awards for The Times were Drew Angerer in pictorial photo, Charles Hurt in column writing, Patrick Hruby in feature story writing and Nathan Fenno in sports writing portfolio.

Third-place winners for The Times were Thomas Floyd in headline writing, Ben Wolfgang in education writing, Mr. Hruby in feature writing portfolio and Rich Campbell in sports writing portfolio.

A group entry from Stephen Dinan, Seth McLaughlin, Bill Gertz, Rowan Scarborough and Jennifer Harper also took a third-place award in breaking news writing for the paper’s coverage of the Osama bin Laden killing.

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