Sun writers win awards

August 03, 2004

Reporters for The Sun have won four awards, including one first-place award, for excellence in features writing in the 16th annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors.

The Sun's winners, and their articles, are:

Jonathan Pitts, first place in arts and entertainment feature for a November 2003 profile of Korean-born opera soprano Hyunah Yu. Yu, who trained at Baltimore's Peabody Institute, has had to overcome the murder of her husband.

Mary Carole McCauley, second place in arts and entertainment feature for her November 2003 profile of Pikesville-born playwright Cherie Vogelstein as she prepared a new play for Broadway.

Ariel Sabar, third place in narrative feature for an in-depth story in July 2003 on Vicki (formerly Victor) Gray, a Naval Academy graduate who decided to undergo gender assignment surgery and become a woman.

Michael Ollove, third place in the general feature category for his March 2003 story on Janette Grant, a Harford County woman who took a homeless man, Tyrone Lewis, into her home and her life.

The awards were for articles published in 2003. The Sun competed among newspapers with daily circulations between 175,000 and 300,000. The association is an international organization dedicated to the quality of feature writing in newspapers.

You can find these award-winning stories online at A complete list of AASFE winners is posted at

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