2012 NH Press Association Best Media Contest Winners

In awards given on Oct. 12, the following journalists and organizations were recognized for achievement in collegiate, non-daily and daily publications, as well as web sites, multi-media and social media.

Collegiate Media
Best opinion-commentary piece:
First: TNH Editorial Staff
Second: Justin Levesque, the Keene State Equinox
Third: TNH Editorial Staff

Best Sports Story:
First: Ryan Glavey, The Equinox
Second: Michelle Berthiaume
Third: Michelle Berthiaume

Best news story:
First: Thomas Gounley, The New Hampshire
Second: Cam King, Keene Equinox

Third: Cam King, Keene Equinox

Best News Photo:
First place: Nick Reid, UNH

Best web site:
First: The New Hampshire

Second: The Equinox

The Geers Award: The New Hampshire


Best freelance story of the year: Kathy Remillard

Freelancer of the year: Kathy Remillard

Business/economic writing:
First: Kathy Remillard, Goffstown News
Second: Julie Huss, Derry News, Old building, new life

Education story/series:
First: Dave Anderson & Alyssa Dandrea, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript,
School resource officers
Second: Angela Evancie, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, Technology in learning
Third: Conor Makem, Rochester Times, Home-schooling

Government reporting:
First: Priscilla Morrill, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, State cuts
Second: Ginger Kozlowski, Hooksett Banner

Investigative story/series:
Staff, Rochester Times, Over $33,000 spend on District 3 race-
Correlation between money spend and votes received

General news story:
First: Steve Leone, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, Details released in
Lane killing
Second: Kathy Cleveland, Milford Cabinet, Milford murder still a mystery
Third: Julie Huss, Derry News, Holiday parade may not be good for all

General news photo:
First: Dave Anderson, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, Standing for the 99 Percent
Second: Priscilla Morrill, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, Circus Tour Hits Home
Third: Carole Allen, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Spot news photo:
First: Tim Jean, Derry News, Fire photo
Second: Jonathan Benton, Coos County Democrat, Eve of destruction

Feature story
Tie for first place:
Dave Anderson, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, Days ahead
Aaron Sanborn, Exeter News-Letter, On borrowed time
Second: Sarah Lebrun, Goffstown News
Third: Keith Testa, The Concord Insider, For Saad Hindal, a brick wall
is a doorway to his homeland

Feature photo:
First: Tim Jean, Derry News, Catching butterflies
Second: Jan Seeger, Derry News, World view
Third: Tim Jean, Derry News, Dance into the light

Picture story:
First: Jan Seeger, Derry News, Drama queen
Second: Ginger Kozlowski, Hooksett Banner, Lights on the hill

Front page
First: Exeter News-Letter (Dec. 13, 2011.)
Second: Hampton Union (Jan. 17, 2012)

Third: Monadnock Ledger-Transcript (June 28, 2011)

Feature section/page:
First: Monadnock Ledger-Transcript (Health First)
Second: Monadnock Ledger-Transc ript (Wedding Guide)
Third: The Cabinet (Winter Tales)

Sports news:
First: Mike Whaley, Rochester Times, Red Raiders’ run is done
Second: Jonathon Benton, Coos County Democrat, Going the distance: MMA Josselyn

Sports photo:
First: Charlie Lentz, The Littleton Courier, Lin-Wood boys start run
for the title
Second: J an Seeger, Derry News, Team work
Third: Tim Goodwin, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, Orioles hit new heights

Sports feature:
First: Mike Whaley, Rochester Times, Nuns run with the Cause
Second: Julie Huss, Derry Huss, Give it a twirl
Third: Tim Goodwin, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, The puck stops here

Sports section/page:
First: Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Second: Littleton-Courrier

Sports columnist of the year:
Mike Whaley, Rochester Times

Rookie of the Year
Alyssa Dandrea

Photographer of the year:
Tim Jean, Derry News

Editorial writer of the year:
Jo-Anne Mackenzie, Derry News

Columnist of the year:
Jeff Woodburn, Berlin Reporter

Writer of the year:
Dave Anderson, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

General Excellence, nondaily:
First: Derry News
Second: Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Third: The Cabinet

Photographer of the year:
Ioanna “Jo” Raptis, The Portsmouth Herald

Feature section/page:

First: Business Matters, Concord Monitor
Second: LiveWell, Concord Monitor
Third: Spotlight Magazine, The Portsmouth Herald

Multimedia presentation
First : Carolyn Dube, Patch.com, Runners honor fallen soldiers
Second: Katie Barnes, Concord Monitor, Seeing Regina
Third: James M. Patterson, Valley News, River City Rebels

Best website
First: Concord Patch
Second: Nashua Telegraph
Third: Concord Monitor

Best blog:
First : David Brooks, The Telegraph of Nashua , Granite Geek

Best use of social media
First: Portsmouth Patch, Live blog: GOP presidential debate
Second: Annmarie Timmins, Concord Monitor

Front page:
First: Foster’s Sunday Citizen
Second: The Portsmouth Herald
Third: The Telegraph of Nashua

Sports section/page
First: Concord Monitor
Second: New Hampshire Sunday News
Third: Fosters Daily Democrat

Sports news:
First: Gavin Fareta, Concord Monitor, Yankees draft senior pitcher
Second: Al Pike, Foster’s Daily Democrat, A Fenway first for Fuld
Third: Kevin Gray, New Hampshire Union Leader, Islands apart

Sports feature:
First: Donald Mahler, The Valley News, A shot at redemption
Second: Shawn Cyr, The Keene Sentinel, Head games
Third : Jared Pendak, Valley News, For moms, climbing is no weekend trip

Sports photo
First: Geoff Hansen,The Valley News, Mud season
Second: John Tully,Concord Monitor, High flyin’
Third: Ioanna “Jo” Raptis, The Portsmouth Herald, Special Olympics swim

Sports columnist of the year:
Don Mahler, Valley News

Feature story
First: Kerry Trotter, The Valley News, Ivo’s cruel reality
Second: Sarah Trefethen, The Sunday Sentinel, Death in the family
Third: Danielle Curtis, Foster’s Sunday Citizen, Never stop looking

Feature photo
First: John Tully, Concord Monitor, Shooting practice
Second: Jan Seeger, Eagle-Tribune, Diaper derby
Third: Don Himsel, The Telegraph of Nashua, Backyard bears

Education story/series
First: Sarah Palermo, Concord Monitor, Seeing Regina
Second: Michael Brindley, The Telegraph of Nashua, Innovation and Reform
Third: Abby Spegman, The Keene Sentinel, Principal on the prowl

Business/economic writing
First: Chris Fleisher, The Valley News, Giving licene to profit
Second: Sarah Trefethen,The Keene Sentinel, Hoping to gain lost luster
Third: Staff, The Telegraph of Nashua, Series on ‘New Hampshire Advantage’

Government reporting
First: Staff, The Telegraph of Nashua, Cuts and consequences
Second: Elizabeth Dinan, Portsmouth Herald, LGC owes more than $100 million
Third: Matthew Spolar, Concord Monitor, Marriage repeal

Picture story:
First: Jason Johns, The Valley News, A child apart
Second: John Tully, Concord Monitor, Final bell at Eastman
Third: Andrea Morales, Concord Monitor, Their first election

General news story:
First : Maryalice Gill, The Telegraph of Nashua, Travel Deals business
forbidden in NH
Second: Casey Farrar and Sarah Trefethen, The Keene Sentinel , On the edge
Third: Elizabeth Dinan, Portsmouth Herald, Homeless camps dot deep
woods of Portsmouth

General news photo:
First : John Tully, Concord Monitor, Candidate dance
Second: Alexander Cohn, Concord Monitor, Snowy landing
Third: “Jo” Raptis, The Portsmouth Herald, Bernier funeral

Spot news story
First: Staff, The Valley News, Irene swamps Upper Valley
Second: Doug Ireland, The Eagle-Tribune, Fatal fire in Pelham
Third: Shawne Wickham & Michael Cousineau, New Hampshire Sunday News,
Burn victim ran to chief after attack

Spot news photo:
First: Deb Cram, The Portsmouth Herald, DC chase
Second: Ioanna “Jo” Raptis,The Portsmouth Herald, Train accident
Third: John Huff, Fosters Daily Democrat, Dover fire

Investigative story/series
First: Shawne Wickham, Nancy West, Paul Feely, Jason Schreiber, Kathy
Remillard & Kim Houghton, New Hampshire Sunday News, DWI
repeat-offenders list tops 14,000
Second: Kevin Landrigan, Sunday Telegraph, Two for the money – The
‘double dippers’
Third: Annmarie Timmins/Maddie Hanna, Sunday Monitor, Five police
shootings, four mentally ill victims

Rookie of the Year:
Tricia L. Nadolny, Concord Monitor

Editorial writer of the year:
Felice Belman, Concord Monitor

Columnist of the year:
Ray Duckler, Concord Monitor

Writer of the year:
Steve Gilbert, Keene Sentinel

General Excellence, daily:
First : Concord Monitor
Second: The Eagle Tribune
Third: Valley News

General Excellence, Sunday
First: The Sunday Telegraph
Second: Sunday Monitor
Third: Sunday Valley News

Champion of Right-to-Know :
First: The Telegraph of Nashua
Second: The Portsmouth Herald


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