The Times Leader and its sister weekly newspapers, the Dallas Post, the Abington Journal and the Sunday Dispatch received 13 awards in the 2016 Keystone Press Awards.
The award were announced Thursday by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association and the winners are being recognized for their work in 2015.
“I congratulate every member of the Times Leader Media Group who has been selected to win a Keystone Award,” said Dotty Martin, managing editor. “It is a great honor for them and for us.”
“We strive every day to do our best for our readers and it’s nice to know our work is recognized,” Martin continued. “However, I think of all members of our editorial staff as award-winning journalists who produce award-winning stories and photographs on a regular basis. I am honored to work with each and every one of them and am tremendously proud of what they do every day of the year.”
The Time Leader’s honorees are:
• Bill O’Boyle, first place winner in the “Column” category for “A story of missteps, support, faith,” “Holding the door of life open” and “As dreams go, a cup of Heaven came up empty.”
• Tom Venesky, honorable mention in the “Sports Beat Reporting” category for “A dedication that can’t be chilled,” “Stocking a sign of spring,” “Coyote pup’s second chance,” “Where the wild trout are,” “Outstanding success for osprey” and “Sampling for a deadly disease.”
• Aimee Dilger, first place in the “Photo Story/Essay” category for “A life rooted in service remembered.”
• Robert Tomkavage, first place in “Personality Profile” category for “Inspired to run.”
• Adriane Heine, second place in the “Column” category for “Aggressive sports parenting hurts everyone,” “Settle down-it’s not the prom” and “The ‘no-brag’ resolution”
• Gina Thackara, second place in the “Feature Story” category for “To help and be helped.”
• Elizabeth Baumeister received a first place award in “Feature Beat Reporting” category for her arts and entertainment coverage; a second place award in “Personality Profile” for “The woman behind the hats” and a honorable mention in the “Feature Story” category for “One HalloWEDDING night”
• Nick Wagner, second place in the “Sports Beat Reporting” for his column “The Next Level.”
• Bill Tarutis, two second place awards in the “Feature Photo” category for “Memorial Day” and in the “Photo Story/Essay” category for “Lighting the way for loved ones” and a honorable mention in the “Photo Story/Essay” category for “Founders Day goes on despite rain.”
According to the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, all winners will be honored at the Keystone Press Awards banquet, May 21, during the Pennsylvania Press Conference in Harrisburg.