RI Press Association announces 2021 award winners

The Rhode Island Press Association on Friday presented 131 awards to journalists throughout the state for writing, design and photography in its editorial contest for 2021.


The association also inducted two new members into its Journalism Hall of Fame: Bill Reynolds, retired sports columnist for The Providence Journal; and Bruce Burdett, longtime managing editor of East Bay newspapers.


During the annual banquet, the press association elected officers for next year: Elyse Major of Providence Media and Ethan Shorey of The Valley Breeze will remain co-presidents; Michael McDermott of The Providence Journal will remain vice president; Sarah Francis of Rhode Island Monthly will remain treasurer; and Linda Lotridge Levin, University of Rhode Island, emeritus, will remain secretary.


The award winners are:

DESIGN Best Cover

1. Michael Prince, Rhode Island Monthly, Summer is Here!

2. Nick DelGiudice, Providence Monthly, Shop Small

3. Abigail Brown, Providence Monthly, 300 Things We Love About PVD

HM. Sandra Achille, The Smithfield Times Magazine, Alpacas Best Newspaper Front Page 1. Staff, The Providence Journal, Code Red

2. Staff, The Providence Journal, Heart-Wrenching

3. Anne Ewing, Providence Business News, Double Duty

HM. Anne Ewing, Providence Business News, Mission Focused Best Feature Front Page 1. Angel Tucker, Rhode Island Monthly, What’s Brewing

2. Anne Ewing, Providence Business News, PBN 2021 Stuff

3. Abigail Brown, SO Rhode Island, Food for Thought Best Sports Front Page 1. Staff, The Providence Journal, Worth the Wait

2. William Geoghegan, The Independent, Their ‘Ship Comes In

3. Brendan McGair, Woonsocket Call, The Next Big Thing

PHOTOGRAPHY Feature Photo 1. Kris Craig, The Providence Journal, Senior Night

2. Bob Breidenbach, The Providence Journal, A Run in the Park

3. Robert Emerson, The Valley Breeze, Hard Hands, Soft Package

Food Photo 1. Glenn Osmundson, Jewish Rhode Island, Apples and Honey

2. Angel Tucker, Rhode Island Monthly, It’s Takeout Time!

3. Nick DelGiudice, HeyRhody, Iconic Rhode Island

HM. Kris Craig, The Providence Journal, Lemon Cupcakes General News Photo 1. Tim Martin, The Westerly Sun, Angel of Hope

2. Bob Breidenbach, The Providence Journal, ‘They Treat Him Like a Human Being Here’

3. David DelPoio, The Providence Journal, Take it Outside

Personality Photo/Portrait 1. Dana Smith, Rhode Island Monthly, Maria Rivera

2. Alex Gagne, Rhode Island Monthly, Dale Venturini

3. Wolf Matthewson, Rhode Island Monthly, Geraldine Barclay-King

Photo Series/Picture Story

1. Kris Craig, The Providence Journal, Wine Time

2. Michael Prince and Alex Gagne, Rhode Island Monthly, On the Rocks at Aquapalooza

3. Ryan Conaty, Rhode Island Monthly, Stick Tight

HM. Bob Breidenbach, The Providence Journal, Catches of the Day Sports Photo

1. Michael Derr, The Independent, Magical Run

2. Louriann Mardo-Zayat, Woonsocket Call, Agholor Eludes

3. Bob Breidenbach, The Providence Journal, Gameday Souvenir

Spot News Photo 1. Bob Breidenbach, The Providence Journal, Water Search

2. Kris Craig, The Providence Journal, Taken by Storm

3. Michael Derr, The Independent, Calm After the Storm

HM. Robert Emerson, The Valley Breeze, Lincoln in Lincoln Weather Photo 1. Bob Breidenbach, The Providence Journal, Swirling Clouds at Gillette

2. David DelPoio, The Providence Journal, Bonjour Henri

3. Ernest A. Brown, Woonsocket Call, Henri Hitter

WRITING

Business Story

1. Patrick Anderson, The Providence Journal, Where Did All the Homes Go?

2. Alexa Gagosz, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, A Family’s Jewelry Factory Thrives

3. Amanda Milkovits, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Papitto Opportunity Connection

HM. Robert Isenberg, Jewish Rhode Island, Fearless Fish Arts/Entertainment Story

1. Alexa Gagosz, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Rose Weaver Reflects

2. Amy Russo, The Providence Journal, Grief Into Art

3. Mark Reynolds, The Providence Journal, Heading Home

HM. Lucas Fried, Rhode Island Monthly, Radio Head Arts/Niche Columnist 1. Elyse Major, Hey Rhody

2. Gail Ciampa, The Providence Journal

3. Peg Brown, The Smithfield Times Magazine

Arts Review/Criticism

1. Karen Greco, The Bay, ReVision(ing) History

2. Nancy Burns-Fusaro, The Westerly Sun, Gamm’s ‘A Lie Agreed Upon’

3. Susan McDonald, The Providence Journal, Hamilton: Worth Seeing Again?

Education Story

1. Dan McGowan, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, How Providence Schools Takeover Unraveled

2. Edward Fitzpatrick, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Test Scores for Indigenous Students

3. Jacquelyn Moorehead, The Valley Breeze, Local Couple Graduates Together

Feature Story/In-Depth 1. Paul Edward Parker, The Providence Journal, Miracle Girls

2. Amanda Milkovits, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, A Special Homecoming

3. Antonia Noori Farzan, The Providence Journal, The Future of the Ethnic Social Club

HM. Carlos Munoz, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Rhode Island: The Transylvania of America? Feature Story/Short 1. Paul Edward Parker, The Providence Journal, Airbnb in a Tree

2. Marc Larocque, Providence Business News, Heartbreak Hallway

3. Jack Perry, The Providence Journal, Santa Claus Shortage

HM. Alexa Gagosz, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Mural Celebrates Afrofuturism Food/Dining Story 1. Jamie Coelho, Rhode Island Monthly, (Not) At Your Service

2. Nancy Lavin, Providence Business News, Hospitality’s Headache

3. Edward Fitzpatrick, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, How Did Tiny Bar Survive?

Headline Writing 1. Kurt Mayer, The Providence Journal

2. Seth Bromley, Woonsocket Call

3. Lylah Alphonse, The Boston Globe Rhode Island

HM. Ethan Shorey and Jacquelyn Moorehead, The Valley Breeze Investigative/Analytical News Story 1. Alexa Gagosz, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Sexual Misconduct Claims at Artists’ Exchange

2. Amanda Milkovits, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Pawtucket Detective with PTSD

3. Brian Amaral, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, City Council Candidate Has Patterns of Discrepancies on Her Resume

HM. Laura Damon, The Newport Daily News, Zachary Medina Murder News/Features Columnist 1. Ellen Liberman, Rhode Island Monthly

2. Amy Russo, The Providence Journal

3. Dan McGowan, The Boston Globe Rhode Island

HM. Mark Patinkin, The Providence Journal News Story/In-Depth 1. Brian Amaral, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Marathon Work Shifts and Massive Overtime

2. Amy Russo, The Providence Journal, Out in the Cold

3. Amanda Milkovits, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Every Neighborhood Has an ATV Problem

HM. Tom Mooney, The Providence Journal, Father’s Day Tragedy News Story/Short 1. Ryan Blessing, The Independent, EMS Officers Honored

2. Alexa Gagosz, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, PVD Public School Principal Caught

3. Jacquelyn Moorehead, The Valley Breeze, Skate Park Demolished

HM. Hugh Minor, SO Rhode Island, From Farm to Tables Profile/Personality Story 1. Casey Nilsson, Rhode Island Monthly, Maria, Maria

2. Brian Amaral, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Rocco Marcaccio

3. Carlos Munoz and Alexa Gagosz, The Boston Globe, End of an Era in Coventry Reporting on the Environment 1. Alex Kuffner, The Providence Journal, Higher Ground

2. Nancy Lavin, Providence Business News, Surge Mentality

3. Casey Nilsson, Rhode Island Monthly, Talking Trash

HM. Tom Mooney, The Providence Journal, Tagging Great White Sharks Science/Health-Care Story 1. Brian Amaral, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Inside a Rhode Island Hospital in Crisis

2. Alexa Gagosz, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, At Risk and Overlooked

3. Edward Fitzpatrick, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Childhood Lead Poisoning Rates Rising

HM. Kaitlin Murray, Rhode Island Monthly, Excellence in Nursing Single-Topic Series 1. Amanda Milkovits, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Shy or Not Shy?

2. Antonia Noori Farzan, The Providence Journal, Beach Access

3. Katherine Gregg, The Providence Journal, Eleanor Slater Hospital

HM. Alexa Gagosz, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Housing and Homelessness Sports Columnist 1. Mark Daniels, The Providence Journal

2. Bill Koch, The Providence Journal

3. Eric Rueb, The Providence Journal Sports Feature Story 1. Mark Daniels, The Providence Journal, Stadium Bucket List

2. Bill Seymour, South County Life Magazine, The Tides that Bind

3. Eric Rueb, The Providence Journal, High School Football Player with Prosthetic Leg

Sports Story

1. Eric Rueb, The Providence Journal, From a Refugee Camp to the Colts

2. Mark Daniels, The Providence Journal, She’s an NFL Agent

3. Kayla Panu, The Valley Breeze, Double OT Dooms Northmen Spot News Story

1. Tom Mooney and Antonia Noori Farzan, The Providence Journal, Social Club Shooting

2. Alexa Gagosz, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Brown University Students Protest Sexual Violence

3. Edward Fitzpatrick, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Crook Point Bascule Bridge Catches Fire

HM. Bill Seymour, The Independent, A Call for Action Unique/Most Unexpected Story 1. Patrick Anderson and Paul Edward Parker, The Providence Journal, Car vs. Ferry

2. Brian Amaral, The Boston Globe Rhode Island, Toilet-Rating Instagram Account

3. Nicole Dotzenrod, The Valley Breeze, Bootlegging in the Basement?

HM. Ethan Shorey, The Valley Breeze, Pablo, The Horse that Got Away DISTINCTION Special Section

1. Rhode Island Monthly, Talking Trash

2. Rhode Island Monthly, Calamari Comeback State

3. Rhode Island Monthly, Beer: Our Essential Guide

Photographer of the Year 1. Paul Spetrini, The Independent

2. Ernest A. Brown, Woonsocket Call

3. Kris Craig, The Providence Journal

Distinguished Journalist 1. Tom Mooney, The Providence Journal

2. Katie Mulvaney, The Providence Journal

3. Jamie Coelho, Rhode Island Monthly

HM. Nancy Lavin, Providence Business News

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