Sun takes top honors among region's papers

April 28, 2007|By Nick Madigan | Nick Madigan,Sun Reporter

The Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association has named The Sun Newspaper of the Year for work published in 2006. The Sun received the same award a year ago.

The honor, announced yesterday at the conclusion of the association's two-day annual conference in Ellicott City, was in the category of largest daily papers, those with circulations of more than 75,000. In that group, The Sun came out ahead of The Washington Post, The Washington Times and The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.

The Sun won 32 awards, 18 of them first-place prizes, in the contest's 37 categories. Of those 18 first-place entries, eight were declared Best in Show, meaning the judges considered them superior to the first-place winners in all circulation groups. The Washington Post took away 14 awards, while The Washington Times and The News Journal had 13 each.

The organization, which has 164 newspaper members, was founded in 1908.

The Sun's first-place winners were:

Bill Thompson, in the editorial writing category, for "Bad day at Blackwater."

Jay Hancock, "critical thinking" local column, "Shield BGE from being drained by CEG deal."

Andrew Green, Kelly Brewington and John Fritze, continuing coverage of BGE electricity rates.

June Arney and Fred Schulte for the series "On Shaky Ground."

Doug Donovan, local government, "Dixon steered work to ex-aide."

Elizabeth Malby, feature photo, "Balancing Act."

Karl Merton Ferron (also Best in Show), photo series, "A Neighborhood Abandoned."

Doug Kapustin, sports photo, "Putting Plan in Motion."

Tom Dunkel (Best in Show), sports feature story, "End of the race for family farm."

Rick Maese (Best in Show), sports column, "Two young friends, forever dreaming."

Stephanie Desmon and Gady Epstein (Best in Show), business coverage, "Crab Factory."

Rob Hiaasen (Best in Show), arts and entertainment, "The Time of His Life."

Staff of The Sun (Best in Show), special section, "Heartache Stakes."

Carla Correa, headline, "Marriage ban began without a hitch."

Derrick Barker, page 1 design, Nov. 8, 2006.

Jay Judge and Charles Weiss, news page design, "Iraq's Toll on Maryland."

Rachel Perkins (Best in Show), sports page design, "Passing Evolution."

Staff of The Sun (Best in Show), Web site, www.baltimore sun.com.

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