AASFE Announces Winners of Its Annual Writing Awards

By: E&P Staff

Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. is among the many recipients of the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors’ 2006 writing awards.

Winners were named in four circulation categories. They included first-, second-, and third-place finishers, as well as honorable mentions.

In the over-300,000-circulation category, first-place winners were Robert Farley of the St. Petersburg Times (general feature), DeNeen L. Brown of The Washington Post (narrative feature), John Campanelli of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (short feature), Kim Crow of The Plain Dealer (general commentary), Dai Huynh of the Houston Chronicle (feature specialty reporting), Sean Daly of the St. Petersburg Times (arts and entertainment commentary), Daly again (arts and entertainment feature), and Steve Steinberg of The Dallas Morning News (headline writing).

For 175,001-300,000 circulation, first-place winners were Michael Winter of The Tampa Tribune (general feature), Jim Sheeler of the Denver Rocky Mountain News (narrative feature), Eric Adler of The Kansas City Star (short feature), Leonard Pitts of The Miami Herald and Tribune Media Services (general commentary), Florangela Davila of The Seattle Times (feature specialty reporting), Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin of the Austin American-Statesman (arts and entertainment commentary), Richard Seven of The Seattle Times (arts and entertainment feature), and Paul Sawyer of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock (headline writing).

For 75,001-175,000 circulation, first-place winners were Michael LaForgia of The State in Columbia, S.C. (general feature), Carol Smith of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (narrative feature), Rachel Sauer of The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Fla. (short feature), David Giffels of the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal (general commentary), Carol Smith of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (feature specialty reporting), Jeff Vrabel of The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville (arts and entertainment commentary), Rick McConnell, of the Edmonton Journal in Alberta, Canada (arts and entertainment feature), and Pamela B. Nelson of The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. (headline writing).

And for below 75,000 circulation, first-place winners were Melanie Peeples of the Naples (Fla.) Daily News (general feature), Colleen Kenney of the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star (narrative feature), Kenney again (short feature), Steve Damish of The Enterprise in Brockton, Mass. (general commentary), Carrie MacMillan of the Waterbury, Conn., Republican-American (feature specialty reporting), Wallace Baine of the Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sentinel (arts and entertainment commentary), Cindy Lange-Kubick of the Lincoln Journal Star (arts and entertainment feature), and Jodi Compton of The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, Calif. (headline writing).

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