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Towson Times captures baker's dozen in press association contest

The Towson Times captured 13 awards in the annual editorial contest sponsored by the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, a regional association for print journalism. The awards were for writing and photography from the 2011 calendar year.

Reporter Jon Meoli and former Times reporter Loni Ingraham shared a first-place win for their coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, "To the Breaking Point," in a news category devoted to weather and natural disasters.

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Ingraham, who retired in December, won a total of four awards. In addition to the piece shared with Meoli, she won first place for medical/science reporting for the story, "Healing Arts," about a program using art therapy to help chemotherapy patients; a first place in the religion category for "Habits of the Heart," and a second place for her story about the Bykota performance troupe, "Age is a Musical Number."

Another former Times reporter, Jay Thompson, also won four prizes. He took first place in the feature category for his story about a Korean War veteran who searched the world for information about his brother, who was killed in action in the same conflict.

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Thompson and shared a second-place win with Catonsville Times reporter Lauren Fulbright for a state government story about a new law focusing on bus stop violators, and also took a second place award in education for his story about the steel drum band at Stoneleigh Elementary School. His final award, also a second-place, was for an arts feature on Magooby's Joke House in Timonium.

Steve Schuster, a former government and politics reporter for the Times, won first place in the local government category for his story about the first 100 days of the administration of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Sports editor Nelson Coffin won a first place in the sports feature category for "Inspired Play," his story about the family of the late Cameron O'Neill and their support of St. Paul's School for Girls' sports.

Karen Jackson won a first place in the feature photography category — and a Best of Show award — for her photo essay, "En Pointe for Ballet Lovers."

Photographer Jen Rynda captured a first place in the general news category for her photo covering the aftermath of last year's line-of-duty death of Lutherville firefighter Mark Falkenhan.

And photographer Brian Krista also captured a first place, in sports photography, for his swim club photography, "Meadowbrook Completes Perfect Season."

The Towson Times is part of the Baltimore Sun Media Group, whose community newspapers overall captured 91 awards in the contest.

In addition, former Towson Times political reporter and columnist Lou Panos was inducted by MDDC into its Hall of Fame, honoring Panos' 60-year career in politics and journalism.


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