Sun writer wins award for article on disabled

December 05, 1997

Diana K. Sugg, a reporter for The Sun, was named winner yesterday of the 1997 A. D. Emmart Memorial Prize for "The Forever Children," a March 23 article on an aging man's struggle to care for his 43-year-old disabled son.

Her article also won the 1997 Community Media Excellence Award, one of two awards given annually by The Arc of the United States, a national organization on mental retardation.

The Emmart prize of $1,000 honors writing in the humanities published in a Maryland general-readership newspaper or magazine. It is named for A. D. Emmart, who during a 47-year career at The Sun and The Evening Sun held positions including editorial page editor, book review editor and art critic.

Three writers garnered honorable mentions and $150 prizes: Helen Chappell of Easton for "The Marsh of Progress," published Feb. 16 in the Washington Post; and Wil Hylton and Max Weiss for an article, "Deadly Impulse," published in the January issue of Baltimore magazine.

"We're grateful that this year produced the largest number of entries yet -- almost 100," said contest committee chairwoman Esta C. Maril.

The winners will be honored in a ceremony at 2: 30 p.m. Sunday in the Poe Room of the Enoch Pratt Central Library.

Pub Date: 12/05/97

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