Winners of first-place awards for The Sun included Michael Olesker for best local column; Bill Glauber for best series, with articles on the old Negro baseball league; David Simon for feature story, with a Sun Magazine article on drugs and murder in a West Baltimore housing project; Kevin Kallaugher for editorial cartoon; and David Conn in business/economic reporting for a series of articles on Giant Food.
The other first-place winners were:
* For local government, a package of articles by James Bock and Deborah I. Greene examining the effects of tax reform proposed for Baltimore County.
* For state government, an article by Suzanne Wooton showing through the daily lives of families in Howard County and Baltimore the "regional disparity" underlying the Linowes Commission's proposed changes in the state tax structure.
* In education, Kathy Lally's examination of "tracking," the practice of grouping students by ability and tailoring a curriculum for them, which is coming under renewed scrutiny in Maryland.
* In religion, Diane Winston's five-part series, "Coming home: the new spirituality," looking at new spiritual stirrings in old-line churches and synagogues.
* For medical/science reporting, an examination of the miscalculations and mismanagement that doomed the Hubble Space Telescope, by Gelareh Asayesh, Michael Ollove, Richard H. P. Sia, Luther Young and William F. Zorzi Jr.
The first-place winner cited for headlines in the Evening Sun was Vida Roberts.
The Howard County Sun won top honors in the general news and editorial cartoon categories; the Carroll County Sun was cited for best series and education reporting; and the Harford County Sun won the top honor for public service.
Winners for the Howard County Sun were Deidre N. McCabe for general news and Rob Snyder for editorial cartoon.
Harford County Sun staff members cited in the public service category were Carol Bowers, Alan Craver, Karen Keeney, David Herzog, Mark Guidera and Daniel Clemens.
The series prize went to the Carroll County Sun, for JoAnna Daemmrich, John A. Morris, Adam Sachs, Edward H. Shur, Steve Groft, Susan White-Bowden and Jackie Powder; and for education, to Ms. Daemmrich, Maria Archangelo, Anne Haddad and Edward McDonough.
Best in Show
The Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia PresAssociation
announced the following winners of best-in-show awards:
Editorial: Elizabeth Chang, Annapolis Capital
Local Column: Michael Olesker, The Sun
Spot News: Jennifer L. Money, Guy Fletcher, Dennis McCafferty, Clyde Ford, Hagerstown Morning Herald and Daily Mail
General News: Elsa Walsh and Barton Gellman, Washington Post
Series: Nancy Luse, Frederick News-Post
Feature: David Simon, The Sun
Local Government: David Ropiski, Prince Frederick Recorder
State Government: Christopher J. Gearon, Baltimore Business Journal
Public Service: Lynda Richardson, Jill Nelson, Michele L. Norris, Athelia Knight, Rene Sanchez, Chris Spolar, Keith Harriston, Washington Post
Spot News Picture: Ronald McArthur, Chronicle (Montgomery County)
4 Feature Photo: Doug Kapustin, Owings Mills Times
Picture Series: Photo Staff, Towson Times
Sports Picture: George N. Lundskow, Annapolis Capital
Sports Story: Jeff Hardie, Washington Times
Sports Feature: Jeff Benjamin, Northeast Times Booster
Sports Column: Mike Burke, Cumberland Times-News
Editorial Cartoon: Kevin Kallaugher, The Sun
Business/Economic Story: Tom Barstow, Bernie Hayden, Cindy Parr, Dean Scott, Michelle Tracy, Dave Tillman, Ken Koons, Marta Mills, Carroll County Times
Medical/Science Story: Michael Ollove, William F. Zorzi Jr., Gelareh Asayesh, Luther Young, Richard H. P. Sia, The Sun
Religion Coverage: Christine DeVaney, Laurel Leader
Education: Kathy Lally, The Sun
Page One Design: Denise Murray, Scott Haring, M. Daniel
Suwyn, Annapolis Capital
Page Design: Denise Murray, Susan Love, David Trozzo, Annapolis Capital
Headlines: Vida Roberts, The Evening Sun
Informational Graphics: Paul Compton, Washington Times
Art or Illustration: Jennifer Wharton, Annapolis Capital
In addition, The Sun had more winners in the competition than any other newspaper in its division (dailies over 75,000 circulation), giving it the sweepstakes award in the contest.