- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors announced winners of the group’s annual writing and photo contests Wednesday.

Cash awards will be presented to the first-place winners at the Pennsylvania Press Conference in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on May 29.

Judges also selected “Best of Show” winners in news and photos across all circulation divisions and a photographer to receive the Paul Vathis Memorial Photography Portfolio Award, in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer from Pennsylvania. Winners of those three prizes will be revealed at the award ceremony.

The entries were judged by editors at AP newspapers in Mississippi and Louisiana.

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CIRCULATION OVER 75,000

WRITING

Blogging

First: Sara Bauknecht, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Stylebook”

Second: Will Bunch, Philadelphia Daily News, “Attytood”

Business Writing

First: David Conti, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “On the grid”

Second: Don Russell, Philadephia Daily News, “A nice Code One”

Column

First: John Baer, Philadephia Daily News, “Wolf’s math doesn’t add up”

Second: Reg Henry, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Tale of two loafers to keep you on your toes”

Editorial

First: Tom Ferrick, Philadephia Daily News, “Taney’s deep bench”

Second: Sandra Shea, Philadephia Daily News, “River of promises”

Enterprise Reporting

First: Michael Fuoco, Mackenzie Carpenter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “A look at gender ID issues”

Second: Jeff Hawkes, Gil Smart, Susan Baldrige, LNP, Lancaster, “Failing in slow motion”

Public Service by a Newspaper

First: Mike Wereschagin, Adam Smeltz, Carl Prine, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “VA Legionnaire’s Outbreak”

Second: Staff, Philadephia Daily News, “The problems & the promise”

Feature Writing

First: Dana DiFilippo, Philadephia Daily News, “The grin reaper”

Second: Mackenzie Carpenter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “A love that keeps growing”

General News Reporting

First: Staff, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Franklin Regional High School attacks”

Second: Renatta Signorini, Paul Peirce & Staff, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Franklin Regional High School stabbing coverage”

Investigative Reporting

First: Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker, Philadephia Daily News, “Perfect Prey”

Second: Luis Fabregas, Andrew Conte, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Discarded kidneys”

News Use of Video

First: Staff, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “The attack at Franklin Regional”

Second: Jon Snyder, Philadephia Daily News, “Wanamaker Organ”

Online Coverage of Breaking News

First: Staff, The Patriot-News, Mechanicsburg, “Judge strikes down Pennsylvania’s gay-marriage ban”

Second: Staff, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “The attack at Franklin Regional”

Sports Deadline Reporting

First: Staff, Philadephia Daily News, “The dean”

Second: David Murphy, Marcus Hayes, Philadephia Daily News, “Batted around”

Sports Feature Reporting

First: Brady McCollough, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “The evolution of Mario Lemieux”

Second: Audrey Snyder, The Patriot-News, “Former Penn State DT Devon Still finds inspiration, hope in daughter’s pediatric cancer battle”

Sports/Outdoors Column

First: Rob Rossi, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Are you ready for some … priorities”

Second: Sam Donnellon, Philadephia Daily News, “Two of the many lives he touched”

Spot News Reporting

First: Stephanie Farr, Morgan Zalot, David Gambacorta, Barbara Laker, Philadephia Daily News, “Manhunt in Wake of Montco executions”

Second: Vinny Vella, Philadephia Daily News, “Sleigh Bella!”

PHOTOS

Feature Photo

First: Bob Donaldson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Cat claws way to victory”

Second: Bob Donaldson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Harvest Moon”

Personality Portrait

First: Alejandro Alvarez, Philadephia Daily News, “Alt-taxidermy”

Second: Alejandro Alvarez, Philadephia Daily News, “The grin reaper”

Photo Story

First: Julia Rendleman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “In Nepal, a life in limbo”

Second: Barry Reeger, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Miracle Field”

Sports Photo

First: David Swanson, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Mone Davis pitches”

Second: Joe Hermitt, The Patriot-News, “Hackensack”

Spot News Photo

First: Steven M. Falk, Philadephia Daily News, “Exploding anger”

Second: Ed Hille, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “In The Pursuit Of Happiness”

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CIRCULATION 30,000 TO 75,000

Blogging

First: Donnie Collins, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, “Penn State”

Second: Christopher J. Kelly, The Times-Tribune, “Christopher J. Kelly”

Business Writing

First: David Singleton,James Haggerty, The Times-Tribune, “Mall on brink of foreclosure”

Second: Staff ,Charles Schillinger, The Times-Tribune, “Outlook2014: NEPA 2.0”

Column

First: Christopher J. Kelly, The Times-Tribune, “Crime pays for two city felons”

Second: Phil Gianficaro, The Intelligencer, “At West, some are stuck in a haze”

Editorial

First: Alan Kerr, The Intelligencer, Doylestown, “Minimal sentence for 10th DUI”

Second: Scott Fisher, York Daily Record/York Sunday News, “Good neighbors get involved in community”

Enterprise Reporting

First: Jenny Wagner, Beaver County Times, “Aging in Beaver County”

Second: David Singleton, Terrie Morgan-Besecker, The Times-Tribune, “Who is Eric Matthew Frein?”

Public Service by a Newspaper

First: Ford Turner, Mike Urban, Nicole Brambila, Reading Eagle, “When death means life”

Second: Staff, Observer-Reporter, Washington, “Plugging the Leaks: Marcellus Shale Impoundments”

Feature Writing

First: Mike Argento, York Daily Record/York Sunday News, “Invisible among us”

Second: Frank Bodani, York Daily Record/York Sunday News, “A calling to help”

General News Reporting

First: Staff, Reading Eagle, “Hail impact”

Second: Vince Sullivan, Cindy Scharr, Rose Quinn, Julia Wilkinson, Delaware County Daily Times, Primos, “Tragedy at Fitz”

Investigative Reporting

First: Staff, Bucks County Courier Times, “Hidden World, Hidden Victims”

Second: Erica Erwin, Erie Times-News, “Schools’ tough math”

News Use of Video

First: Kate Penn, York Daily Record/York Sunday News, “Back to Boston”

Second: Natalie Kolb, Reading Eagle, “Friday Knights”

Online Coverage of Breaking News

First: Staff, The Times-Tribune, “Ambush at PSP-Blooming Grove”

Second: Staff, Bucks County Courier Times, “Turnpike-crash witnesses see flipping cars ‘like a movie scene’”

Sports Deadline Reporting

First: Rich Scarcella, Liam Migdail-Smith, Jeremy Drey, Reading Eagle, “Sea of PSU fans revels in return to postseason; Lions roar back to beat BC in OT; Highlights & Lowlights”

Second: Matt Goul, Steve Navaroli, Kate Penn, Jessica Sprenkle, York Daily Record/York Sunday News, “Panthers, Bobcats crowned state’s best; Cats crowned kings on court”

Sports Feature Reporting

First: David Mekeel, Reading Eagle, “Friday Knights”

Second: Frank Bodani, York Daily Record/York Sunday News, “Striving to be stellar”

Sports/Outdoors Column

First: Donnie Collins, The Times-Tribune, “Removal of sanctions shows fault of NCAA”

Second: Mike Bires, Beaver County Times, “Lopez didn’t play sports, but he left his mark at Hopewell”

Spot News Reporting

First: Joseph Kohut, David Singleton, Brendan Gibbons, Staff, The Times-Tribune, “Cuffed”

Second: Matt Coughlin, Hayden Mitman, Freda Savana, The Intelligencer, “Hazing “

PHOTOS

Feature Photo

First: Kevin Lorenzi, Beaver County Times, “Winners x2”

Second: Jack Hanrahan, Erie Times-News, “Sister Eases First Day Jitters”

Personality Portrait

First: Chris Dunn, York Daily Record/York Sunday News, “Volleyball all-stars”

Second: Kevin Lorenzi, Beaver County Times, “Start spreading the news”

Photo Story

First: Chris Dunn, York Daily Record/York Sunday News, “Forever her child”

Second: Chloe Elmer, Bucks County Courier Times, “Having a Ball”

Sports Photo

First: Jeremy Drey, Reading Eagle, “Johnson, Kulp battle way to titles”

Second: Kate Penn, York Daily Record/York Sunday News, “Lights go down on Eagles’ season”

Spot News Photo

First: Jack Hanrahan, Erie Times-News, “Bullet Just Misses Boy”

Second: Butch Comegys, The Times-Tribune, “Burying Cpl. Dickson”

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CIRCULATION 15,000-30,000

WRITING

Blogging

First: Mark Franklin, The York Dispatch, “Idol Chatter”

Second: Staff, The Citizens’ Voice, “Varsity Voice”

Business Writing

First: David Pierce, Pocono Record, Stroudsburg, “The Pocono Fix-it List”

Second: Mary Grzebieniak, New Castle News, “Jefferson Poultry: Last man standing in a game of chicken”

Column

First: Chris Rosenblum, Centre Daily Times, State College, “Shore of Omaha Beach holds close the story of D-Day”

Second: Diana Lasko, Herald-Standard, Uniontown, “Chosen to be loved”

Editorial

First: Patrick DeLany, The York Dispatch, “No deal in child rape”

Second: Patrick DeLany, The York Dispatch, “How to lose a debate”

Enterprise Reporting

First: Mary Ann Thomas, Valley News Dispatch, Tarentum, “Parks Nuclear Dump”

Second: Elizabeth Regan, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, “Dope is a lie”

Public Service by a Newspaper

First: Kristina Scala, Daily Local News, West Chester, “Coatesville SD Solicitor Scandal”

Second: Evan Brandt, Nancy March, Michilea Patterson, The Mercury, Pottstown, “Fitness for life”

Feature Writing

First: Mollie Durkin, The York Dispatch, “Tattoo artist’s legacy”

Second: Eric Freehling, Butler Eagle, “Beatlemania, 1964 British Invasion had profound impact on many”

General News Reporting

First: Bob Kalinowski, The Citizens’ Voice, “Kevin’s Law”

Second: Miles Layton, Herald-Standard, “Somebody’s got it in for us; Local shelters not seeing impact; Life after the SPCA; Police now patrol; Freedom ride”

Investigative Reporting

First: David Pierce, Pocono Record, “Stopping the insanity”

Second: Jenna Ebersole, Pocono Record, “Unlocking government information”

News Use of Video

First: Amanda Steen, Herald-Standard, “Drawing strength”

Second: Sam Stewart, The Mercury, “Bekah Slattery-2014 Mercury All-Area Softball Player of the Year”

Online Coverage of Breaking News

First: Bob Kalinowski, James Halpin, The Citizens’ Voice, “Mericle sentencing”

Sports Deadline Reporting

First: Chris Masse, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, “Center of Attention”

Second: Josh Rizzo, Butler Eagle, “Flawless, Moniteau uses dirty uniforms to complete clean, unbeaten run to D-9 softball crown”

Sports Feature Reporting

First: David Burcham, New Castle News, “Comeback kid”

Second: John Walk, The York Dispatch, “A transformation”

Sports/Outdoors Column

First: Jonathan Bombulie, The Citizens’ Voice, “Best sports things of the year”

Second: Chris Masse, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, “Give the girl a break”

Spot News Reporting

First: Michael Lester, Press Enterprise, “Landmark lost”

Second: Jim Smith, Butler Eagle, “2 killed on Route 68”

PHOTOS

Feature Photo

First: Keith Haupt, Press Enterprise, “Heavenly Peace”

Second: Andrew Krech, The Citizens’ Voice, “Mush!”

Personality Portrait

First: Melissa Evanko, Pocono Record, “Dwindling clowns leave big shoes to fill”

Second: Mark Nance, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, “Allie Pagana”

Photo Story

First: Amanda Steen, Herald-Standard, “Saving Sydney”

Second: Roberto M. Esquivel, Herald-Standard, “A sustainable life”

Sports Photo

First: Andrew Krech, The Citizens’ Voice, “Punch”

Second: Jason Bridge, Valley News Dispatch, “Tre-Magnifique”

Spot News Photo

First: Jimmy May, Press Enterprise, “I-80 accident traps pair, dogs”

Second: Jimmy May, Press Enterprise, “Freaky SUV crash”

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CIRCULATION 15,000 AND UNDER

WRITING

Blogging

First: Naomi Creason, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “3 entries”

Second: None selected

Business Writing

First: Joshua Vaughn, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Into the Breach: Hacking hits close to home in the Midstate”

Second: Sean Yoder, The Indiana Gazette, “Dairy farm looks to future”

Column

First: Nancy Sharer, The Daily/Sunday Review, “That was my mother”

Second: Gretchen Balshuweit, The Daily/Sunday Review, “Hunger knows no stereotypes”

Editorial

First: Eric Paddock, Times Observer, Warren, “Our opinion: Accountability. Really?”

Second: Donald R Serfass, Times News, Lehighton, “Funding education”

Enterprise Reporting

First: Staff, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Warehouse growth”

Second: Wendy Stiver, The Express, Lock Haven “SPCA to help cats”

Public Service by a Newspaper

First: Jim Runkle, Lana Muthler, Bill Crowell, The Express, “Heroin Hits Home”

Second: Sam Kusic, The Indiana Gazette, “A Sobering Story: The Disease of Addiction”

Feature Writing

First: Chris Buckley, The Valley Independent, Monessen, “Hewitt brothers look back on father who was Santa”

Second: Daniel Walmer, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “The Appalachian Trail”

General News Reporting

First: Staff, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Warehouse debate”

Second: Donald R. Serfass, Chris Parker, Times News, “Schuylkill soldier killed”

Investigative Reporting

First: Lana Muthler, Lakeshia (Bauman) Knarr, The Express, “Cutting Ties”

Second: Michelle Ganassi, Daily American, Somerset, “Tax would cut into gas royalties”

News Use of Video

First: James Nestor, Sean Yoder, The Indiana Gazette, “Haunts Of Indiana County”

Second: James Nestor, Carly Krouse, The Indiana Gazette, “End Zone Extra Thursday High School Preview Show with Carly Krouse”

Online Coverage of Breaking News

First: Staff, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “South Middleton plane crash”

Second: Staff, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Interstate 81 crash”

Sports Deadline Reporting

First: Matthew Burglund, The Indiana Gazette, “Out of this World”

Second: Josh Cotton, Times Observer, “Tragedy and Triumph”

Sports Feature Reporting

First: Brian Fees, The Daily/Sunday Review, “A redemption story”

Second: Adam Michael, Gettysburg Times, “Right at home”

Sports/Outdoors Column

First: Jeff Oliver, The Valley Independent, “Vasquez’s heart matches talent; Would Hulkster last at BV Area?; Ted Stawovy died doing what he loved”

Second: Jeff Fishbein, The Sentinel, Lewistown, “PIAA’s lack of leadership sullies postseason tournaments”

Spot News Reporting

First: Donald R. Serfass, Kathy Kunkel, Times News, “Hunter shoots two teens”

Second: Eric Kieta, Daily American, “Fire ravages home”

PHOTOS

Feature Photo

First: Michael Bupp, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Oktoberfest Opens”

Second: Jamie Empfield, The Indiana Gazette, “Bird’s Eye View”

Personality Portrait

First: James Nestor, The Indiana Gazette, “Smoking Empties”

Second: Tom Peel, The Indiana Gazette, “Dewey Davenport”

Photo Story

First: Bob Ford, Times News, “One ‘sweet’ hobby”

Second: Bob Ford, Times News, “The president’s tree”

Sports Photo

First: Teri M. Enciso, The Indiana Gazette, “Leaping into the Playoffs”

Second: Jason Malmont, The Sentinel, Carlisle, “Sweet Victory”

Spot News Photo

First: Bill Crowell, The Express, “Plane Down”

Second: Colin Deppen, The Bradford Era, “St. Marys house destroyed in fire”

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