Public welcome to attend annual writing awards

January 04, 2002

Five Maryland journalists, including three Sun reporters, will be honored at a public ceremony Sunday for their writing in the arts and humanities.

The Emmart Memorial Award was established 27 years ago by friends and admirers of A.D. Emmart, an associate editor of the Sunpapers, after his death. Emmart a reporter, foreign correspondent, editorial writer and arts critic for The Sun. He was also editorial page editor of the Evening Sun. The award recognizes distinguished examples of journalism in the humanities from general-readership publications in Maryland.

A volunteer three-judge panel has chosen to give this year's Emmart Award to The Sun's Gary Dorsey for his story "The Last Battle," which detailed divisions in the way people memorialize and interpret the Civil War.

Honorable mentions will be awarded to The Sun's Larry Bingham for his story about the VFW troop members from Rising Sun who form the honor guard for military funerals, and to Arthur Hirsch for his story on the Center Stage production of The Investigation, an unusual and disturbing drama about the Holocaust. Honorable mentions will also go to Alan Feiler of the Baltimore Jewish Times and Geoffrey Himes of City Paper.

The event will feature an address by author and journalist Richard Ben Cramer, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Middle East while at the Philadelphia Inquirer. A former Sun reporter, Cramer has written several books, including his latest, Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life.

The free event will be held at 2:30 the Maryland Institute College of Art's main building at 1300 Mount Royal Ave. and Lanvale Street.

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