The Sun has received the grand prize in the 1990 Front Page Awards sponsored by the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild for a four-part series on race relations at the University of Maryland College Park campus.
The Bill Pryor Memorial grand prize went to Patricia Meisol, higher education reporter for The Sun, for her series, "Expelling Intolerance: College Park in the '90s," about challenges posed by racial diversity at the University of Maryland.
The series, which appeared in May 1990, looked at black students coming of age at a historically white campus, their struggle for equality, their adjustment to academic demands and their effort to crush old stereotypes. Ms. Meisol's series also won first place in the local news category.
The awards were presented at a ceremony in Washington last week by the guild, which represents about 3,000 employees at news media and labor organizations in the Washington-Baltimore area.
The Sun's other winners were:
* Gelareh Asayesh, Michael Ollove, Richard H. P. Sia, Luther Young and William F. Zorzi Jr., who won the Morton Mintz Award for Investigative Reporting for their two-part series, "A Vision Shattered: The Hubble Telescope," about the flawed space telescope.
* For public service, Dianne Williams Hayes of the The Anne Arundel County Sun, a suburban edition of The Sun, for her three-part series on local schools, "All Things Being Equal." Honorable Mention award went to Suzanne Wooton of The Sun for her three-part series, "Trapped in Line: Drug Treatment's Curse."
* For features, David Simon for "West Side Story," about drugs and murder in West Baltimore.
* For commentary/criticism, Alice Steinbach for her columns, "My Dinner with a Daydream," "Treasuring a Final Lesson from a Wise Fox" and "Gaining Insight from a Pain in the Back."
For news graphics, art director Melissa Brown and photographer Jed Kirschbaum for an entry headlined "Graffiti" in the Sun Magazine. Honorable mention went to Melissa Brown and illustrator Lane Smith for a Sun Magazine cover, "Bad Back Attack."
In the marketing/promotions category, creative director David Belz, copy writer Paul Bailey, artist John Klima and photographer Jim Burgess received honorable mention for the slogan, "Orioles Baseball: Catch It In The Sun."