The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism presented the annual Mike Berger Award, with a $1,000 prize, to Charles LeDuff, a reporter for The New York Times, for his writing style, and stories reflecting the lives of everyday New Yorkers.

By: Vernell Dorvil

The Southern Environmental Law Center announced Bill Finch and Sam Hodges, staff reporters for The Mobile (Ala.) Register, won the sixth annual Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment. They will share a $1,000 prize for their special section, “”A Wilderness Despite Us,”” which used rich and fluid language to describe the past, present, and potential future of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Their 36-page special section ran in the Register on Dec. 30, 1998.

The winners of the 1999 Excellence in News Reporting Awards for newspaper articles, awards sponsored by The Stuttering Foundation of America, are: Alan Wechsler, Times Union, Albany, N.Y; Chris Burritt, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and Jimmy Tomlin, High Point (N.C.) Enterprise.
According to the foundation, the winning writers reflected sensitivity and understanding in their articles, and also worked towards enhancing the public’s understanding of speech disorders.
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