The Sunday Dispatch has won three state journalism awards.
Pennsylvania News Media Association’s Keystone Press Awards were announced Thursday for work done in 2013.
• Reporter Joe Healey was a first-place winner in the “Investigative Reporting” category, for “Library’s future may be in jeopardy.”
• Editor Ed Ackerman was a second-place winner in the “Column” category, for his “Optimist” series.
• Sports reporter Nick Wagner received honorable mention in the “Headline Writing” category, for “That’s my girl,” “Field of dreamers” and “PREP-ared for the next level.
The Times Leader and its Community News Group received a total of 13 awards.
“I’m incredibly proud that so many of our efforts were recognized,” Executive Editor George Spohr said.
The Times Leader’s honorees:
• Mark Jones was a first-place winner in the “Editorial” category, for “Foster safe area for LGBT people,” “Violent crime calls for wide response” and “Election bureau errs with its ‘smart’ deal.”
• Mary Therese Biebel was a first-place winner in the “Feature Beat Reporting” category, for her theater beat coverage. She also got an honorable mention in that same category for her weddings coverage.
• Tom Venesky received honorable mention in the “Sports/Outdoor Column” category, for his column.
• The Abington Journal, second place in the “Niche Publication” category, for “My Edition.”
• Robert Tomkavage of the Abington Journal won second place in the “News Beat Reporting” category, for his coverage of the Abington Heights School Board. He also got second place in the “Sports Beat Reporting” category for his coverage of the Abington Heights High School football team.
• Liz Baumeister of the Abington Journal won second place in the “Feature Beat Reporting” category, for her arts and entertainment coverage.
• Correspondent Bill Tarutis received two first-place awards for his work with The Dallas Post: first place in the “News Photo” category for “Releasing Hope” and first place in the “Feature Photo” category for “Pinewood Derby is 60.” Tarutis also shoots for the Sunday Dispatch and the Times Leader.
According to the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, nearly 4,300 entries were received from 142 PNA newspapers, with the entries judged by journalists in New York.
Winners will be recognized May 31, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Press Conference in State College.