Capital Gazette’s staff of journalists, editors and others won big at this year’s Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Press Association awards.
The award ceremony annually honors the work of journalists throughout the region. Newspapers compete against others of similar size. Capital Gazette is in Division B alongside The Frederick News-Post and others.
This year Capital Gazette was recognized for extensive coverage of gang violence, the removal of the Roger B. Taney statue, sports events, a profile on the new Annapolis mayor, education writing and more.
Anyone with multiple awards received those awards in different categories. Best in show awards are given to the best story of the first place finishers among all divisions.
Former page designer Tim Davis won second place in Page 1 design for work during the 2017 U.S. Naval Academy graduation.
Staff writer Chase Cook won first place for feature and profile writing on Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley. He also won second place for breaking news reporting on a baby abandoned at an Annapolis pastor’s doorstep.
Former staff writer Amanda Yeager won first place in general news for her story on the removal of the Roger B. Taney statue. She also won first place in state government reporting for a story on Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch’s recovery after an organ transplant.
Staff writers Phil Davis and Selene San Felice, along with multimedia journalist Thalia Juarez, won first place in investigative reporting for stories on the 13 gang-related deaths in Anne Arundel County.
Juarez also won first place for multimedia storytelling for her work on a story about parents and children reuniting during prison visits. She won another first place for continued coverage of MS-13 violence.
San Felice also won second place for her headline, “Whatever floats your goat.”
Former staff writer Binghui Huang won first place in education reporting for work on her series about underachieving Anne Arundel County schools.
Staff writer Rachael Pacella won Best in Show and first place for her general news photo depicting the Taney statue removal. She also won second place in arts and features for her story on famous sword swallower Johnny Fox.
Editorial page editor Gerald Fischman won first and second place for editorial writing on the Crofton Middle School noose case and County Councilman John Grasso’s censorship of public speakers.
Cartoonist Eric Smith won first place for a cartoon covering the Market House.
Community news editor Jimmy DeButts won first and second place for local columns on Market House and sponsoring midshipmen.
Assistant editor Rob Hiaasen won first place for a feature column about living near a segregated beach in Florida.
Editor Rick Hutzell won second place in the same category for a column about his mother.
Former staff writer Meredith Newman won first place for a feature story after she unplugged from social media.
Staff writer E.B. Furgurson III won second place in the same category for a story on Lewis Hine’s photos depicting child labor on county farms.
Photojournalist Joshua McKerrow won first place for his video on Muslims being welcomed to the U.S. alongside a protest against President Donald Trump and first place for his video on the Bay Bridge 10K. He also won second place for his sports photo of the sailboat 505 World Championship, his video of the Naval Academy’s efforts to conserve captured flags and for a video on St. Anne’s 325th anniversary.
Photojournalist Paul W. Gillespie won first place for his feature photo of the Nationals mascot with midshipmen. He also won second place for photos of the Nitro Circus event.