- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Patriot-News and the Erie Times-News won sweepstakes awards Friday at the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors’ annual banquet.

The Patriot-News was awarded the Best of Show-Newswriting prize for its coverage of the Harrisburg mayor’s legal problems.

Andy Colwell of the Erie Times-News won Best of Show-Photography for his image, “Shooting Aftermath.”

Best of show winners are chosen from among all circulation classes.

Butch Comegys of The Times-Tribune in Scranton won the Paul Vathis Memorial Photography Portfolio Award. The annual award recognizes one photographer across the state whose portfolio entry of spot news, feature and sports photography shows the strong journalistic instinct, skills and dedication that were the hallmarks of Paul Vathis’ 56-year-career as an AP photographer.

Vathis, who spent most of his career in Harrisburg, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1962 for his pensive picture of President John F. Kennedy and former President Dwight D. Eisenhower walking together at Camp David after the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Vathis died in December 2002 at age 77 as he was preparing to cover the inauguration of Ed Rendell as governor.

A new First Amendment Award, judged across all circulation divisions, was given to the staff of The Morning Call in Allentown for “Legislative Spending.” Second place went to Christine Haines and Susy Kelly of the Herald-Standard in Uniontown for “Fight for DOC records.”

Forty-seven newspapers submitted 1,497 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2015.

The PAPME is an organization of newspaper editors from across the state that promotes cooperation among AP members and helps champion and defend the First Amendment and access to government information.

The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

Other winners in the PAPME contest:


Full Page Design: 1, Ben Howard, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Surveillance Society”; 2, Derek Wachter and Stephanie Sadowski, The (Mechanicsburg) Patriot-News, “Pope Visit Preview Package”.

Spot News Coverage: 1, Staff, The Patriot-News, “Harrisburg’s Former Mayor Charged”; 2, Paul Nussbaum, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “5 Die as Train Derails”.

General News Reporting: 1, Staff, Philadelphia Daily News, “Train of Terror”; 2, Staff, The (Mechanicsburg) Patriot-News, “Former Harrisburg Mayor in the Crosshairs”.

Investigative Reporting: 1, Carl Prine and Justin Merriman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “American Coyotes”; 2, Daniel Simmons-Ritchie, The Patriot-News, “From Patients to Prisoners”.

Enterprise Reporting: 1, Jan Murphy and Julia Hatmaker, The Patriot-News, “Not Just Bread and Water: A Look at Pa.’s $61.8M Prison Food Program”; 2, Wendy Ruderman, Philadelphia Daily News, “Talkin’ Trash”.

Special Section: 1, Staff, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Pope Francis: The Visit to Philadelphia”; 2, Staff, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Vital Signs: The State of Health Care Today”.

Public Service: 1, Staff, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “The Philadelphia Papal Visit”; 2, Alfred Lubrano, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Philadelphia Demolition Practices”.

Column: 1, Mike Newall, The Philadelphia Inquirer; 2, Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Feature Writing: 1, John Luciew, The Patriot-News, “Central Pa.’s ‘Dirty Kids”’; 2, Stephanie Farr, Philadelphia Daily News, “Magic Dragon”.

Editorial Writing: 1, Tom Ferrick, Philadelphia Daily News; 2, Susan Mannella, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Business Writing: 1, John Luciew , The Patriot-News, “Rite Aid’s Troubled History of Family Drama, High Debt and Mismanagement”; 2, Jason Cato, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “‘Tomato King’ Picks Racino as Next Venture”.

Headline Writing: 1, Doug Darroch, Philadelphia Daily News”; 2, Abby Rhoad and Caitlin West, The) Patriot-News.

General Excellence-Digital Presentation: 1, Staff, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; 2, Staff, The Patriot-News.

Multimedia Storytelling: 1, John Luciew and Emily Kask, The Patriot-News, “Central Pa.’s Dirty Kids”; 2, Brady McCollough and Zack Tanner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Cuba: Behind the Facade”.

Sports Story: 1, Brady McCollough, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Baseball Republic: Inside the Dominican Machine”; 2, Sports Staff, Philadelphia Daily News, “Goodbye, Mr. Chip!”.

Sports Feature Story: 1, Brady McCollough, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “A Runaway Dream”; 2, Sam Werner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Son of a Coach”.

Sports/Outdoor Column: 1, David Murphy, Philadelphia Daily News; 2, Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Illustration or Graphic: 1, Nick Malawskey, The Patriot-News, “Understanding What Betty and Her Son Have Been Through”; 2, Amy Raudenbush, Philadelphia Daily News, “Art Thief”.

Spot News Photo: 1, James Robinson, The Patriot-News, “End of a Standoff”; 2, Steven Falk, Philadelphia Daily News, “Town Hall Melee”.

Feature Photo: 1, Michael Henninger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Taking the Plunge”; 2, Steph Chambers, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Veteran Smooch”.

Sports Photo: 1, Sean Simmers, The Patriot-News, “Game-winner”; 2, Peter Diana, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Face Mask “.

Photo Story: 1, Michael Henninger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Baseball Republic “; 2, Michael Henninger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Cuba, Behind the Facade”.

Short Video: 1, Guy Wathen, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Flight 93 National Memorial”; 2, Amanda Berg, The Patriot-News, “Penn State vs. Michigan: The Football Game as Told by Fans”.

Long Video: 1, Steve Mellon , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Heartbreaking, Heroic Stories Told at Flight 93 Memorial”; 2, Amanda Berg, The Patriot-News, “Red Land Little League: Moments of 2015”.


Full Page Design: 1, Patrick Kirchner, LNP, Lancaster, “Elvis at 80”; 2, Laura Boone, The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice, “Victory in Europe”.

Spot News Coverage: 1, Staff, Erie Times-News, “Huge Loss”; 2, Staff, Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, “Selenski Verdict”.

General News Reporting: 1, Don Spatz and Staff, Reading Eagle, “City Hall Investigation”; 2, Staff, LNP, “The U.S. Women’s Open in Lancaster, Pa.”.

Investigative Reporting: 1, Susan Baldrige and Gil Smart, LNP, “SILENT MENACE: Lead Poisoning in Lancaster County”; 2, Liam Migdail-Smith and Staff, Reading Eagle, “What Our Towns Pay”.

Enterprise Reporting: 1, Harry Deitz, Reading Eagle, “A Caregiver’s Story”; 2, Nicole C. Brambila and Susan Angstadt, Reading Eagle, “Executing Justice”.

Special Section: 1, Charles Schillinger and Staff, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune, “Outlook 2015: How to Dream Big”; 2, Patrick Kirchner and Chris Emlet, LNP, “Ag Week”.

Public Service: 1, Bob Kalinowski and Photo Staff, The Citizens’ Voice, “70-Year Salute”; 2, Liam Migdail-Smith and Staff, Reading Eagle, “What Our Towns Pay”.

Column: 1, Phil Heron, Delaware County Daily Times; 2, Pat Howard, Erie Times-News.

Feature Writing: 1, Joseph Kohut, The Times-Tribune, “An Angel in the Ashes”; 2, Karen Shuey, Reading Eagle, “The Pope’s Family”.

Editorial Writing: 1, Suzanne Cassidy, LNP; 2, Guy Petroziello, Bucks County Courier Times.

Business Writing: 1, Susan Baldrige, LNP, “FARMED OUT: Squeezed Off the Land, More Amish Aiming to Make a Living as Landlords”; 2, Garry Lenton and Jamie Klein, Reading Eagle, “Can Hemp Come Back?”.

Headline Writing: 1, Flint McColgan, York Daily Record/Sunday News; 2, Jerry Reimenschneider, Reading Eagle.

General Excellence-Digital Presentation: 1, Staff, The (Allentown) Morning Call; 2, Bucks County Courier Times.

Multimedia Storytelling: 1, Donna Fisher and Sam Kennedy, The Morning Call, “Being Teen and Transgender”; 2, Susan L. Angstadt and Nicole C. Brambila, Reading Eagle, “Executing Justice - Death Penalty Perspectives”.

Sports Story: 1, Ed Palattella and Victor Fernandes, Erie Times-News, “Coverage of Erie Otters Bankruptcy”; 2, Staff, Reading Eagle, “Reading 120 Classic of the Americas”.

Sports Feature Story: 1, Tom Reisenweber, Erie Times-News, “From Rivalry … to Revelry”; 2, Joby Fawcett and Jason Farmer, The Times-Tribune, “Born to be a Champion”.

Sports/Outdoor Column: 1, Donnie Collins, The Times-Tribune; 2, Tom Venesky, Times Leader.

Illustration or Graphic: 1, Chris Emlet and Todd Spidle, LNP, “Star Wars”; 2, Jason Plotkin and Samantha Dellinger, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Mended Love”.

Spot News Photo: 1, Andy Colwell, Erie Times-News, “Shooting Aftermath”; 2, Butch Comegys, The Times-Tribune, “Blaze in Downtown Scranton”.

Feature Photo: 1, Casey Kreider, LNP, “Great Horned Owlets”; 2, Butch Comegys, The Times-Tribune, “Taipei Folk Dancer”.

Sports Photo: 1, Kate Penn, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Wave of Tacklers”; 2, Jeremy Drey, Reading Eagle, “Fightin Phils Replay: Outfielder and Shadow “.

Photo Story: 1, Andy Colwell, Erie Times-News, “Erie Community Reels after Two Teens are Fatally Shot”; 2, Natalie Kolb, Reading Eagle, “The K9 core - National Dog Show “.

Short Video: 1, Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Boy Leaves Coats for Those in Need”; 2, Chloe Elmer, Bucks County Courier Times, “Pope Francis in Philly: Scenes From the Parkway and Independence Hall”.

Long Video: 1, Bob Kalinowski and Photo Staff, The Citizens’ Voice, “70-year Salute”; 2, Jason Farmer, The Times-Tribune, “Born to be a Champion”.


Full Page Design: 1, Mary Beth Eastman, Beaver County Times, “Girl Scout Cookies go Digital”; 2, Tom Raski, The (Doylestown) Intelligencer.

Spot News Coverage: 1, Staff, Observer-Reporter, Washington, “Murder Suspect Ends Avella Standoff by Killing Himself”; 2, Jim Smith, Butler Eagle, “Fire Destroys Emlenton Mill”.

General News Reporting: 1, The Intelligencer, “Family Accused of $20M Insurance Fraud Scheme”; 2, Liz Evans Scolforo and Sean Cotter, The York Dispatch, “Domestic Abuse”.

Investigative Reporting: 1, Kristen Doerschner, Beaver County Times, “No Such Records Exist: What’s Going on at the Public Defender’s Office”; 2, Evan Brandt, The (Pottstown) Mercury, “Lower Pottsgrove: Official Owes Thousands”.

Enterprise Reporting: 1, Staff, Observer-Reporter, “Under the Label”; 2, Beaver County Times, “Resurrecting Aliquippa”.

Special Section: 1, Beaver County Times, “Day of Devastation: Tornado 1985”; 2, Staff, Herald-Standard, Uniontown, “Progress”.

Public Service: 1, Staff, The (Sunbury) Daily Item, “Breast Cancer Series”; 2, Mark Maroney, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, “Levee’s Future”.

Column: 1, Susan Schwartz, Press Enterprise; 2, Mark O’Keefe, Herald-Standard.

Feature Writing: 1, Marsha Keefer, Beaver County Times, “A Long-Lost Son, Returned”; 2, Patty Yauger, Herald-Standard, “A Matter of Justice”.

Editorial Writing: 1, Patrick DeLany, The York Dispatch; 2, Alan Kerr, The Intelligencer.

Business Writing: 1, Brandy Hadden, Beaver County Times, “Girl Scout Cookies go Digital”; 2, Kevin Lorenzi, Beaver County Times, “Two Ambridge Shops Bring More Than 100 Years of Pizza-Making Experience”.

Headline Writing: 1, Shannon Flynn, Press Enterprise, Bloomsburg; 2, Andrew Reiner, Beaver County Times.

General Excellence-Digital Presentation: 1, Beaver County Times; 2, The Intelligencer.

Multimedia Storytelling: 1, Diana Lasko and Roberto M. Esquivel, Herald-Standard, “Art in Balance”; 2, Diana Lasko, Herald-Standard, “Katelyn Rose Ritenour”.

Sports Story: 1, Candice Monhollan, Daily Local News, West Chester, “Miracle Men”; 2, Josh Rizzo, Butler Eagle, “Knights Bring Home 1st State Title with Wild Win”.

Sports Feature Story: 1, Lauren Kirschman, Beaver County Times, “Born Without Lower Legs, Congolese Soccer Player Finds a Home at Blackhawk”; 2, Patrick Strohecker, The York Dispatch, “Making a Splash”.

Sports/Outdoor Column: 1, John Zaktansky, The Daily Item; 2, Steve Heiser, The York Dispatch.

Illustration or Graphic: 1, Katie Roupe, Observer-Reporter, “All-District Basketball”; 2, Eric Hall, Beaver County Times, “Jerome Bettis by The Numbers”.

Spot News Photo: 1, Roberto M. Esquivel, Herald-Standard, “A Life Saved”; 2, William Hughes, Press Enterprise, “Spitting Suspect Goes to Jail”.

Feature Photo: 1, William Hughes, Press Enterprise, “Brothers in Arms”; 2, Justin Guido, Butler Eagle, “Celebrating Sacrifice”.

Sports Photo: 1, Dave Prelosky, Butler Eagle, “Turning up the Heat”; 2, Katie Roupe, Observer-Reporter, “Just like Old Times”.

Photo Story: 1, Kevin Lorenzi, Beaver County Times, “Papal Visit”; 2, Mark Nance, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, “T-ball Time”.

Short Video: 1, Robert Gillispie, Herald-Standard, “UMWA Calls for a New Prison”; 2, Robert Gillispie, Herald-Standard, “Sun Protection Alert”.

Long Video: 1, Marina Weis, Beaver County Times, “Women in World War II: Mary Komar Demko”; 2, Roberto M. Esquivel, Herald-Standard, “Ready to Rumble”.


Full Page Design: 1, Bill Crowell, The (Lock Haven) Express, “Familiar Faces”; 2, Bill Crowell, The Express, “Year in Review”.

Spot News Coverage: 1, Lana Muthler and Jim Runkle , The Express, “Groves Arrested”; 2, Staff, Pocono Record, Stroudsburg, “Police Kill Armed Man at Wal-Mart”.

General News Reporting: 1, Lana Muthler and LaKeshia Knarr, The Express, “Kelley Jo Snyder Case”; 2, Kiley Fischer, Times Observer, Warren, “To Crown a Nerd”.

Investigative Reporting: 1, Donald Serfass, Times News, Lehighton, “Passion in the Pews”; 2, Linda Koehler and Jarrad Hedes, Times News, “Heading for Extinction?”.

Enterprise Reporting: 1, Joshua Vaughn, The (Carlisle) Sentinel, “Roadblocks to Recovery”; 2, Lana Muthler, The Express, “Familiar Faces”.

Special Section: 1, Staff, Pocono Record, “Stroudsburg at 200”; 2, Staff, The Indiana Gazette, “Underground Railroad of Indiana County: Road to Freedom”.

Public Service: 1, Joshua Vaughn, The (Carlisle) Sentinel, “Roadblocks to Recovery”; 2, Howard Frank, Pocono Record, “Short-term Rental Skirt Taxes”.

Column: 1, Jeff Schmucker, Public Opinion, Chambersburg; 2, Brian Whipkey, Daily American, Somerset.

Feature Writing: 1, Nancy Sharer, The (Towanda) Daily Review, “Iwo Jima Veteran Remembers Battle, Bloodshed … and a Flag”; 2, Alex Hayes, Gettysburg Times, “She Wasn’t Some Junkie”.

Editorial Writing: 1, Bennett Becky, Public Opinion, “End Shuster’s Entitlement”; 2, Jeffrey Savitskie, Leader Times, Kittanning.

Business Writing: 1, Donald Serfass, Times News, “Winter on the Farm”; 2, Howard Frank, Pocono Record, “Icy Workplace Freezing Workers”.

Headline Writing: 1, Tom DeSchriver and Tim Ostrosky, Pocono Record; 2, Staff, The (Lewistown) Sentinel.

General Excellence-Digital Presentation: 1, The (Carlisle) Sentinel; 2, Staff, The Indiana Gazette.

Multimedia Storytelling: 1, Joshua Vaughn, The (Carlisle) Sentinel, “Trouble on the Tracks”; 2, Eric Kieta, Daily American, “Nigerians Visit Maple Spring”.

Sports Story: 1, Pat Bywater, The Meadville Tribune, “Wrestling with Retirement”; 2, Tony Coccagna, The Indiana Gazette, “Kings of the Hill”.

Sports Feature Story: 1, Matthew Burglund, The Indiana Gazette, “Heart of the Matter”; 2, Matthew Burglund, The Indiana Gazette, “First Family of Basketball”.

Sports/Outdoor Column: 1, Ed Gotwals, Public Opinion; 2, Josh Martin, Gettysburg Times.

Illustration or Graphic: 1, Ashley Books, Public Opinion, “United Airlines Flight 93”; 2, Bill Crowell, The Express, “The Search is Over”.

Spot News Photo: 1, Bill Crowell, The Express, “High Speed Chase Ends in Lock Haven”; 2, Teri M. Enciso, The Indiana Gazette, “Man Drowns”.

Feature Photo: 1, Jamie Empfield, The Indiana Gazette, “Cowgirl Struggles”; 2, Buffie Boyer, The (Lewistown) Sentinel, “Having a Field Day”.

Sports Photo: 1, Michael Bupp, The (Carlisle) Sentinel, “Finals Collaspe”; 2, James Nestor, The Indiana Gazette, “Hawks String Together”.

Photo Story: 1, Michael Bupp, The (Carlisle) Sentinel, “Appalachian Trail Record Atempt”; 2, Bob Ford, Times News, “Paska - A Lansford Tradition”.

Short Video: 1, Eric Kieta, Daily American, “The Axe Women”; 2, Ashley Books, Public Opinion, “Heroes Fighting Cancer”.

Long Video: 1, James Nestor and Sean Yoder, The Indiana Gazette, “Lewis Fogle: A Life Regained, a Death Unsolved”; 2, James Nestor and Sean Yoder, The Indiana Gazette, John Burkhart “Surely Out of Necessity”.

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