The Baltimore Sun was named newspaper of the year and first in website excellence in the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association annual awards contest.
The Sun won 30 awards in the editorial contest, including first-place prizes in public service, education, editorial and column writing, and photography, the association announced Friday. Competing in the division for dailies with 75,000 or more circulation, The Sun also placed first for coverage of state government, sports, and arts and entertainment. In addition, it won 11 awards in the association's online media contest.
Of The Sun's 14 first-place editorial awards, six were declared "Best of Show," meaning the judges considered them superior to the first-place winners in all categories.
James Drew's "Ready Money" story about a lack of oversight into spending at a city nonprofit placed first in the public service category. The sports staff won for coverage of the 134th Preakness.
The Washington Post won 11 editorial awards. The News Journal in Delaware won 11 editorial awards and six online awards.
The Sun's first-place winners were:
Editorial Writing: Andy Green, for "No Petty Corruption"
Local Column: Feature of Humor: Kevin Cowherd, for "On Thin Ice"
State Government: Michael Dresser, "Red Line Critics Gird for Battle on 2 Fronts"
Public Service: James Drew, "Ready Money"
Spot News Photo (and Best of Show): Karl Merton Ferron, "Water Main Break Floods Dundalk"
Feature Photo (and Best of Show): Lloyd Fox, "Open Wide"
Sports Photo: Lloyd Fox, "A Soaring Catch"
Sports Story (and Best of Show): Sports Staff, "134th Preakness"
Sports Column (and Best of Show): Kevin Cowherd, "Blessing for Both"
Education: Sara Neufeld, "Andres Alonso — He Comes As Is"
Arts/Entertainment (and Best of Show): Jonathan Pitts, "Guitar Man"
Headline (and Best of Show): Christopher Rickett, "Lady's First — Sparse Crowd Sees ‘Rachel' Become First Filly to Win in 85 Years"
Page 1 Design: Peter Dishal, Karl Merton Ferron, "Whiteout"
Daily Art or Illustration: David Cowles, "Bacon Nation"
General Web Site Excellence: Sun News Staff, Sun Interactive Staff, Sun Multimedia Team
Online Commentary or Blog: David Zurawik, "Z on TV"
Use of Interactive Media: Kevin Richardson, Leeann Adams, "Ravens Quizzes"