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41st Annual Professional Recognition Awards and Scholarship Banquet

April 27, 2019, 6 PM cocktails, 7 PM dinner

at Genesee Grande, 1060 East Genesee St, Syracuse

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Press Club announces awards finalists
I want to thank you for entering the Syracuse Press Club’s Annual Professional Recognition Awards Contest. More than 260 entries were submitted this year – a great number considering the upheaval in the Central New York news industry. We thank all of you for participating in the contest.
Volunteers from eight press clubs across America judged the entries and selected first- and second-place winners in 51 competitions in TV, radio, print, online and college journalism categories.
Below are the names of this year’s award winners. The Press Club will not disclose until our May 4 awards dinner at Drumlins Country Club who won first place and who won second. The names of winners in the attached document are randomly scrambled. It would be a mistake to assume you won first place based upon the order of names. Decisions of the judges are final.
Please attend the awards banquet to collect your award or support your peers. In addition to the contest winners, we will honor at Drumlins seven people receiving special club awards for career achievement, professional standards, new journalist and best news sources. It is always a fun event. The dinner cost $40 per person. Beginning later today, you can make reservations on the Press Club’s website at www.syracusepressclub.org. Please make your reservations by May 1st. I hope to see you at the dinner.
I want to encourage all of you – those who won this year and those who didn’t – to work hard in 2013 and enter your best work in the Press Club’s next contest, in January 2014.
The Press Club’s contest is conducted completely digital on a website hosted at www.betternewspapercontest.com. Small Town Newspapers, the company that runs that website, has done a wonderful job for us for two consecutive years.
Finally, please consider becoming a member of the Press Club. We need your help to continue to provide career development programs and social activities for journalists in Central New York. You can become a member or renew your membership at www.syracusepressclub.org.
Thanks again,
Mike McAndrew
Press Club contest coordinator
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Please note the names of winners and media organizations are in random order.  We will announce at the May 4 awards dinner who won first and second place awards.

Online Journalism

News website: WKTV.com, staff; syracuse.com, The Post-Standard staff

Blog: Kenneth Jackson, urbancny.com; Amanda Seef, eaglenewsonline.com



Daily Newspaper Category

Sports Story: Donnie Webb, The Post-Standard; John O'Brien, Emily Kulkus, Jim O'Hara, Glenn Coin, The Post-Standard

Human Interest Feature: Valerie Zehl, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin; Marnie Eisenstadt, The Post-Standard

Spot News: John O'Brien, Marnie Eisenstadt, Jim O'Hara, The Post-Standard; Rick Moriarty, Tim Knauss, Paul Riede, The Post-Standard

News Feature: Marnie Eisenstadt, Dave Tobin, The Post-Standard; Janet Gramza, The Post-Standard

Investigative: Tim Knauss, The Post-Standard; Steve Reilly, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin


Non-Daily Newspapers

Best Column: Amanda Seef, The Eagle; Kenneth Jackson, Urban CNY Newspaper

Sports Story: Matt Michael, Syracuse New Times; Walt Shepperd, Urban CNY Newspaper

Human Interest Feature: Sarah Hall, Eagle Star-Review; James Mackillop, Syracuse New Times

Investigative: Amanda Seef, Sarah Hall, Eagle Star-Review; Carol Thompson, The Valley News

News Feature: Carol Thompson, The Valley News; Jason Emerson, Skaneateles Press


Special Interest Print

Human Interest Feature: Cammi Clark, Staff, Today's CNY Woman; Claudia Mathis, The Catholic Sun

Magazine:  Mark Libbon, Linda Bien, Peter Allen, CNY The Good Life; Cammi Clark, Staff, Today's CNY Woman

Best Column: Bud Poliquin, Central New York Sports Magazine; Jeff Kramer, Upstate Medical University

News Feature: Katherine Long, The Catholic Sun; Mark Libbon, CNY The Good Life

Sports Story: Jenna Schifferle, Syracuse Woman Magazine; Mark Libbon, Bud Poliquin, Karen Sherwood, Central New York Sports Magazine



Photo Essay:  Michael Davis, Syracuse New Times; Robert Mescavage, Susan Kahn, Upstate Medical University

Scenic Photo: Amanda Seef, Eagle Observer; Michael Davis, Meaghan Arbital, Syracuse New Times

Feature Photos: Chuck Wainwright, Catholic Sun; Michael Davis, Syracuse New Times


All Print

Critique: Rabbi Rachel Esserman, The Reporter; James Mackillop, Syracuse New Times

Editorial: Jason Emerson, Skaneateles Press; Sarah Hall, Eagle Star-Review

Front Page Design: Michael Davis, James Rutkey, Meaghan Arbital, Syracuse New Times; Willie Putman Jr., The Catholic Sun



Spot News: WKTV Staff, WKTV; WSYR-TV Staff, WSYR-TV

Video Journalism: Brian Dwyer, YNN; Tamara Lindstrom, YNN

Video Essay: Thomas Walters, YNN; Jason Hy, YNN

Public Affairs Program: Susan Arbetter, Amy Manley, WCNY-TV; Amy Manley, Jim Aroune, Susan Arbetter, WCNY-TV

Sports Story: Jim Kenyon, Andy Wolf, CNY Central; Brian Dwyer, YNN

Sports Show: CNY Central Staff, CNY Central; WSYR-TV Staff, WSYR-TV

Investigative: Tammy Palmer, Whitney Wagner, Jack Estabrook, WSYR-TV; Jim Kenyon, Brian Erb, CNY Central;

News Feature: Jim Kenyon, Lewis Karpel, CNY Central; Bill Carey, Jim Gibbons, YNN

Special Program: Staffs of CNY Central, YNN, WSYR-TV, WCNY-TV; WSYR-TV Staff, WSYR-TV;

Human Interest Feature: Bill Carey, YNN; Laura Hand, Lewis Karpel, CNY Central

Weather News: Matt Stevens, Lewis Karpel, CNY Central; Todd Kerkman, Michael Gouldrick, YNN

Regularly Scheduled Local Newscast:  CNY Central Staff, CNY Central; WSYR-TV Staff, WSYR TV

Documentary: John Moore, WWNY TV; Dan Cummings, Scott Irving, Jim Kearns, WSYR TV



Spot News: Ellen Abbott, WRVO-FM; Jim Levulis, WAER-FM

Investigative: Joanna Richards, WRVO-FM; Ryan Delaney, WRVO-FM;

News Feature: Mark Lavonier, WRVO-FM; Ellen Abbott, WRVO-FM;

Human Interest Feature: John Smith, WAER-FM; A. Randall Wenner, Wenner freelance

Sports Story: Chet Davis, WAER-FM; John Nolan, WAER-FM

Sports Show: Chris Lewis, Gabe Altieri, Bill Spaulding, Andrew Kanell, WAER-FM; Erik Duick, James Gloria, WAER-FM

Regularly Scheduled Local Newscast: John Smith, Scott Willis, WAER-FM


College Student Category

Best Print News Story: Michael Cohen, The Daily Orange; Ryan Franklin, The Overview

Best Print Feature Story: Gabriela Riccardi, The Daily Orange; Latrina Fennell, The Overview

Best Radio News Story: Jim Levulis, NCC News Radio; Durrie Lawrence, NCC News Radio

Best Radio Sports Story: Bill Spaulding, NCC News Radio; Chet Davis, NCC News Radio

Best Radio Feature Story: Marina Zarya, WAER-FM; Durrie Lawrence, NCC News Radio

Best TV News Story: Farron Salley, NCC News; Matt Porter, NCC News

Best TV Sports Story: Marisa DeCandido, NCC News; Mark Sell, NCC News

Best TV Feature Story: Samantha Okazaki, The Newshouse.com TV; Nick DeSantis, The Newshouse.com TV

"Journalism’s ultimate purpose [is] to inform the reader, to bring him each day a letter from home and never to permit the serving of special interests"
---Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Publisher, NY Times

Wall of Distinction

Arlene LaRue


Herald American

Rome Sentinel

Arlene LaRue spent most of her newspaper career with Syracuse newspapers, but one of her pioneering accomplishments came when she was named city editor of the Rome Sentinel.

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