Sun garners 8 first-place prizes in area contest for newspapers

May 19, 1991

The Sun has won first-place prizes in eight of the 14 categories in the Chesapeake Associated Press News Executives' Council 1990 Editorial Contest for major newspapers, including citations for best news series, feature series, public service and investigative reporting.

Three of the prizes were won by The Howard County Sun, a suburban edition of The Sun, which won first-place awards for public service reporting, spot news picture and sports picture.

The Sun's first-place winners included a tie in the news series category between Michael K. Burns, Jonathan Bor, Doug Struck, Ellen Uzelac, Liz Bowie and Gilbert Lewthwaite for "Earth Week Coverage," and Patricia Meisol for "Expelling Intolerance," a look at racial attitudes at the University of Maryland's College Park campus.

The other first-place winners were:

* For feature series, Diane Winston for "Coming Home -- The New Spirituality," a five-part series about new spiritual stirrings in old-line churches and synagogues.

* For investigative reporting, Michael Ollove, William F. Zorzi Jr., Gelareh Asayesh, Luther Young and Richard H. P. Sia for "Hubble: Loss in Space," an examination of the mistakes that crippled the Hubble Space Telescope.

* For sports story, a tie between The Sun's John Eisenberg for "World Cup Scene" and the Washington Post's Amy Goldstein and Mark Asher for "Maryland's Academic Reform."

* For sports feature, Bill Glauber for "Chuck Mullins: Rebel Heart and Southern Miracle," about the University of Mississippi defensive back's battle to regain a normal life after being paralyzed.

The Howard County Sun won the following honors:

* For public service, Deidre N. McCabe for her package of five stories that revealed how local judges had issued lenient sentences to drunken drivers. "Courting Disaster: Leniency for the Drunken Driver" has prompted a review of sentencing practices in drunken-driving cases by the Maryland attorney general's office.

* For spot news picture, Jed Kirschbaum for his photograph, "In Memory of Theodore Wolf," showing the white-gloved hands of a state lawman holding a trooper's hat at the funeral of Trooper Wolf, who was killed on duty in March 1990.

* For sports picture, Lloyd Fox for "Sibling Revelry," which showed two sisters hugging after crossing a finish line 25 seconds apart during a cross country championship meet.

The Chesapeake Associated Press News Executives' Council, an informal organization of publishers and editors of Associated Press member newspapers in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, presented the awards Friday during a ceremony at the Tremont Plaza in Baltimore.

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