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39th Annual Professional Recognition Awards and Scholarship Dinner

May 6, 2017, 6 PM cocktails, 7 PM dinner

at Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Road

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Written by Josh Cradduck   
Monday, 02 May 2016 10:54

 
 
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- WSTM-TV’s Matt Mulcahy was honored with the inaugural Bill Carey Journalist of the Year Award and more than 100 other awards were handed out to Central New York journalists at the Syracuse Press Club’s annual banquet Saturday night.

Bill’s widow, MaryEllen Snee, and two of their daughters, Jennifer and Joelle, were on hand to present the award to Mulcahy. Carey had been a reporter, anchor, executive producer and news director in local radio and television here for 44 years.  He passed away last August. The award is decided by an outside judge, based on samples of work submitted by the news organization and a written nomination. 

former Syracuse New Times publisher Art Zimmer was inducted onto the Syracuse Press Club’s Wall of Distinction. The Wall hangs in the theater lobby at the Onondaga County's John H. Mulroy Civic Center. Induction onto the wall is the highest honor bestowed by the club. About 70 journalists have been inducted. Zimmer purchased the Syracuse New Times in 1986.  During his 26 years as publisher, The New Times won more than 250 awards from local, state and national groups.
 
Nearly 180 people attended the annual event that honors winners in the club’s annual Professional Recognition Awards contest for print, radio, TV, online and college student journalists.
 
The Press Club also unveiled a new logo, it’s first new look in 30 years, in honor of the Club’s 65th anniversary.
 
Syracuse Media Group sports writers Donna Ditota and Mike Waters served as the night’s emcees.
 
At the awards banquet at Drumlin’s Country Club, special club awards were also given to several other journalists: 
 
Syracuse.com / The Post-Standard reporter Tim Knauss was awarded the Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award.
 
Hayleigh Gowans, a reporter for Eagles Newspapers, was named winner of the A. Brohmann Roth Newcomer Award, given to journalists with less than three years of professional experience.
 
Trooper Jack Keller of the New York State Police received the Philip A. Hofmann President’s Award for Best News Source.
 
Amari Pollard of LeMoyne College received the DeVesty-Williams Scholarship.  The $2,000 scholarship is selected by a committee of journalism educators and professionals.  They evaluate applicants on their academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, media samples, professional references and a personal philosophy statement.
 
A full list of the winners is below.
 
 
 

RADIO

 

SPOT NEWS

First place: WRVO-FM, Ellen Abbott, “State Fair visit gets personal for Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Second place: WAER-FM, John Smith, “Teachers send Governor Cuomo a message at the State Fair”

 

NEWS FEATURE

First place: WRVO-FM, Julia Botero, “Military and veteran suicide”

Second place: WAER-FM, Scott Willis, “Lake cleanup also means habitat restoration”

 

INVESTIGATIVE STORY

First place: WRVO-FM, Julia Botero, “To call or not to call: New Canadian border rules confuse boaters on the St. Lawrence”

Second place: WRVO-FM, Ryan Delaney, “Inaccessible housing”

 

"HUMAN INTEREST" FEATURE

First place: WRVO-FM, Mark Lavonier, “Michelle Dorrance: Tapping is music”

Second place: WAER-FM, Chris Bolt, “Tubman was here: New York school children creating art and learning history

 

SPORTS STORY

First place: WRVO-FM, Julia Botero, “It took almost 20 years, but pro baseball returns to Watertown”

Second place: WAER-FM, Andrew Scaglione, “End of Archbold Stadium”

 

SPORTS SHOW

First place: WAER-FM, Sam Hyman, Jonny Wincott, J.P. Chunga, “Countdown to Kickoff: Syracuse University v. LSU"

Second place: None selected.

 

SPECIAL PROGRAM

First place: WRVO-FM, Grant Reeher and Jason Smith, “Campbell Conversations: Joanne Shenandoah

Second place: WAER-FM, Chris Bolt, “Bringing the Paris Climate Talks home”

 

DAILY PRINT MEDIA

 

INVESTIGATIVE STORY / SERIES

First place: The Post-Standard, Douglass Dowty, “Criminals owe millions and roam free while victims go empty-handed

Second place: The Post-Standard, John O’Brien, “Why did district attorney's staff destroy video recordings?”

 

NEWS FEATURE / SERIES

First place: The Post-Standard, Marnie Eisenstadt, “From Holy Trinity Church to Mosque of Jesus Son of Mary”

Second place: The Citizen, Greg Mason and David Wilcox, “Fingerlakes Mall’s troubles”

 

HUMAN INTEREST FEATURE / SERIES

First place: The Post-Standard, James Mulder, “How do you keep your TV career when multiple sclerosis attacks your voice?”

Second place: The Citizen, David Wilcox, “Barry Crimmins profile”

 

SPORTS STORY

First place: The Post-Standard, Donna Ditota, “See Lizzy run”

Second place: The Post-Standard, Donnie Webb, “’I thought I was going to die,’ said the high school QB”

 

NON-DAILY PRINT MEDIA

 

NEWS FEATURE / SERIES

First place: Syracuse New Times, Shelwyn Becker, “A closed book”

Second place: Syracuse New Times, Larry Dietrich, “Je Suis Charlie”

 

"HUMAN INTEREST" FEATURE

First place: Eagle Star-Review, Ashley Casey, “Joe B.’s last stop”

Second place: The Stand, Ashley Kang and Ben Cleeton, “Moving forward.”

 

SPORTS STORY

First place: Syracuse New Times, Matt Michael, “Coming distractions”

Second place: New York Horse Magazine, L.A. Pomeroy, “Time and again”

 

SPECIAL INTEREST PRINT MEDIA

 

MAGAZINE

First place: CNY The Good Life, Linda Bien and Sue Santola

Second place: New York Horse Magazine, Janis Barth and Darren Sanefski

 

ALL PRINT

 

SPOT NEWS

First place: The Post-Standard, Patrick Lohmann and Samantha House, “Exclusive coverage from inside church crime scene

Second place: The Eagle Bulletin, Hayleigh Gowans, “Jamesville dog rescued after falling into crevice

 

COLUMN

First place: The Cortland Standard, Todd R. McAdam, “Governors’ ban would aid ISIS”

Second place: The Citizen, Kristin Wolford, “No winners in Union Springs”

 

CRITIQUE

First place: The Reporter, Rabbi Rachel Esserman, “The difficult parts of life”

Second place: The Post-Standard, Chris Baker, “I wish I could dance like Rachael Price”

 

EDITORIAL

First place: Eagle Star-Review, Sarah Hall, “Opting out sends a strong message – but will Albany hear it?”

Second place: Baldwinsville Messenger, Sarah Hall, “Town had no business writing petition for residents”

 

HEADLINE WRITING

First place: The Post-Standard, Mark Libbon

Second place: The Post-Standard, Chris Wagner

 

CARL SINGLE AWARD FOR SPOT NEWS PHOTO

First place: The Post-Standard, Gary Walts, “Crashes on I-81”

Second place: The Citizen, Sarah Jean Condon, “Water rescue”

 

FEATURE PHOTO

First place: The Post-Standard, Kevin Rivoli, “Love in the digital age”

Second place: Syracuse New Times, Michael Davis, “Scholastic Chess Tournament”

 

PHOTO ESSAY

First place: The Post-Standard, Michael Greenlar, “A day at the House of Hair”

Second place: None selected.

 

SPORTS PHOTO

First place: The Post-Standard, Dennis Nett, “WWE Superstar Ryback”

Second place: Syracuse New Times, Michael Davis, “Tyler Roberson and Rakeem Christmas in the game against Duke”

 

SCENIC PHOTO

First place: Syracuse New Times, Michael Davis, “A foggy road in Madison County”

Second place: The Post-Standard, Michael Greenlar, “Beautiful sunset”

 

PORTRAIT

First place: New York Horse Magazine, Jessica Berman, “Domino – lightly frosted”

Second place: None selected.

 

FRONT PAGE DESIGN:

First place: The Post-Standard, Susan Santola and Tom Schmitt

Second place: The Syracuse New Times, Meaghan Arbital and Michael Davis

 

GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION

First place: The Post-Standard, Tom Schmitt, “Winter outlook – it’s all over the page”

Second place: Syracuse New Times, Meaghan Arbital, “Je Suis Charlie.”

 

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

 

SPOT NEWS

First place: TWC News, Brian Dwyer and staff, “Massive pileup on I-81”

Second place: WSYR-TV, Staff, “Richard Matt shot”

 

INVESTIGATIVE STORY

First place: WSTM NBC 3, Matt Mulcahy, “911 dispatch delay”

Second place: WWNY-TV, Brian Ashley, “Melisa Schonfield interview”

 

NEWS FEATURE

First place: WSYR-TV, Christie Casciano, Tammy Palmer, Jack Estabrook and Bill Goldschmidt, “Heroin: Too close to home”

Second place: WSTM NBC 3, Matt Mulcahy and Andy Wolf, “TAVR innovative heart surgery”

 

"HUMAN INTEREST" FEATURE

First place: WSTM NBC 3, Matt Mulcahy and Lewis Karpel, “Up close with supermodel Emme”

Second place: WSYR-TV, Grant deBruin, “The Spirit of St. Louis”

 

SPORTS STORY

First place: Time Warner Cable Sports, Tadeusz Fundalinski, Michael Cleland, Patrick Sloan, Benjamin Smith, “Game Changers: Bill Aris, Fayetteville Manlius Cross Country”

Second place: WWNY-TV, Mel Busler, “"Sweet" memories at a boxing clubs new home

 

SPORTS SHOW

First place: TWC News, Staff, “First and Ten”

Second place: WSYR-TV, Steve Infanti, Sal Maneen and Shannon Shepherd, “Orange Nation, Feb. 5, 2015”

 

REGULARLY SCHEDULED SPORTSCAST

First place: WSTM NBC 3, Niko Tamurian and Lewis Karpel, “Life in perspective during March Madness”

Second place: WKTV, Spencer Davidson, “Sportscasts with Spencer Davidson”

 

REGULARLY SCHEDULED LOCAL NEWSCAST

First place: WSYR-TV, Staff, “Boeheim Plans to Retire, SU Appeal: NewsChannel 9 at 5:00, March 18, 2015”

Second place: WSYR-TV, Staff, “Sweat Captured: NewsChannel 9 Weekend at 11, June 28, 2015”

 

SPECIAL PROGRAM

First place: WSTM NBC 3, Matt Mulcahy, Rae Fulkerson, Andy Wolf and Staci-lyn Onofre, “Your voice, your future: The poverty problem in Syracuse”

Second place: WSTM NBC 3, Matt Mulcahy, Andy Wolf, Lewis Karpel and Quindell Williams, “Up close with Matt Mulcahy”

 

VIDEO JOURNALISM

First place: TWC News, Tom Walters

Second place: WSYR-TV, Scott Irving

 

PHOTO ESSAY

First place: TWC News, Cara Thomas, “Trooper Fredenburg funeral”

Second place: WSYR-TV, Tom Cunningham and Scott Irving, “Holiday mail carrier”

 

ONLINE JOURNALISM CATEGORY

 

MULTIMEDIA STORY

First place: cnycentral.com, Matt Mulcahy and Andy Wolf, “TAVR: New heart valve, no operation”

Second place: cnycentral.com, Matt Mulcahy, Nia Towne and Rae Fulkerson, “911 dispatch delay”

 

BREAKING NEWS

First place: wrvo.com, Jason Smith and Ryan Delaney, “NCAA penalties on SU basketball boach Jim Boeheim”

Second place: Syracuse.com, Staff, “NCAA coverage”

 

NEWS WEBSITE

First place: CNYCentral.com

Second place: UrbanCNY.com

 

BLOG

First place: auburnpub.com, Robert Harding, “Eye on NY”

Second place: urbancny.com, Ken Jackson, “The Hall Monitor”

 

PHOTOS AND GRAPHICS

First place: WRVO.org, Tom Magnarelli, “Officials swim in Onondaga Lake as protesters say it is still not clean.”

Second place: None selected.

 

Student Contest

 

BEST RADIO SPORTS STORY

First place: NCC News, Connor Morrissette, “Iroquois Nationals profile”

Second place: NCC News, Dan Silverman, “Game Day at NBT Stadium”

 

BEST RADIO NEWS STORY

First place: 92 WICB, Kelli Kyle, Elena Piech and Riley Ludwig, “’No Confidence’ votes and context”

Second place: NCC News, Colleen Callander, “One family’s Christmas will be joyous again after three years of hardship”

 

BEST RADIO FEATURE STORY

First place: NCC News, Connor Hakan, “Does a new 9/11 virtual reality game go too far?”

Second place: 92 WICB, Kelli Kyle, Elena Piech and Riley Ludwig, “Cayuga’s watchers”

 

BEST PRINT NEWS STORY

First place: The Overview, Haley Everts, “Learning center provides help to students seeking help academically”

Second place: None selected.

 

BEST PRINT FEATURE STORY

First place: The Overview, Rebecca Cosgrove,The Bistro: A hidden gem within the dining hall.

Second place: None selected.

 

BEST TELEVISION SPORTS STORY

First place: NCC News, Benjamin Stevens, “SU student and aspiring bodybuilder spreads a healthy message on Instagram”

Second place: ICTV, Michael Schwartz, “Cortaca Game Promo.”

 

BEST TELEVISION NEWS STORY

First place: ICTV, Jay O’Brien, “Word of Life Church coverage ”

Second place: NCC News, Dan Maddow, “Counterfeit money is an ‘epidemic’ in Central New York ”

 

BEST TELEVISION FEATURE STORY

First place: NCC News, Hunter Saenz,The flying busman: Offering more than a ride

Second place: `WTOP-TV, Robert Hackford, “Dave Longley: Overcoming the odds”

 

BEST MULTIMEDIA STORY

First place: The Newshouse, My Housing Matters staff, “My housing matters”

Second place: NCC News, Broadcast & Digital Journalism students in BDJ 364.2 Fall 2015 Newhouse School, “Adoption Day ceremony”

 

ALL MEDIA

BILL CAREY JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD

WSTM NBC 3, Matt Mulcahy 
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