News Release


September 28, 2009

Providence Journal News Staff Wins 14 Regional Awards

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence Journal writers, copy editors and photographers won 14 awards in this year's New England Associated Press News Executives Association (NEAPNEA) writing, photography and design contest. The awards were presented at the organization's fall conference in Warwick, R.I. on September 25th.

Five of The Providence Journal's winning entries were first-place winners, five placed second and four took third-place awards.

First-place winners from The ProJo were:

  • Medical writer Felice J. Freyer received two first-place awards including one in the Enterprise Reporting category for her ongoing series "The Price of Miracles," about the costs and consequences of premature births. Her second award, in the Overall Beat Reporting category, was for a sampling of her stories, including an examination of care for chronically ill patients, the issues surrounding wrong-site surgeries and psychiatric treatment for mentally ill children
  • The Journal's State House bureau of Katherine Gregg, Cynthia Needham and Steve Peoples in the Right to Know category for their pursuit of public records from various government offices resulting in their extensive coverage of the state's janitorial contracts; $16 million in payouts to state retirees; and health-care perks for the legislature
  • Sports writer Jim Donaldson for his Nov. 14, 2008, column on the Patriots three-point loss to the Jets because the Pats defense folded in the final minutes of the game
  • Staff writer Philip Marcelo in the Feature Writing category for his story about a family's grief over a murder suicide in Cumberland

Earning second-place for the Journal were:

  • Staff writer/columnist Neil Downing in the Business/consumer News category for his reporting on the president's economic stimulus
  • Edward Fitzpatrick, ProJo political columnist, in the Local Column category
  • Staff Writers Peter B. Lord, Amanda Milkovits and Brandie Jefferson in the Deadline News category for their coverage of a North Kingstown fisherman lost at sea
  • Staff Writers Tom Mooney, Amanda Milkovits, David Scharfenberg and Mark Arsenault in the continuing coverage category for their reporting on the fatal shooting of a Cranston firefighter
  • Copy Editor Peter Donahue in the Headline Writing category

Third-place Journal winners were:

  • Staff Writer Christine Dunn in the Business/consumer News category for her coverage of the local real estate market
  • Sports Columnist Bill Reynolds in the Sports Enterprise category for his column on University of Rhode Island basketball player Jimmy Baron, son of the coach
  • Staff Photographer John Freidah in the Photo Story category for his photography of Tent City
  • Staff writers Katherine Gregg, Jennifer Jordan, Tom Mooney and Karen Lee Ziner in the continuing coverage category for their report of the raid on illegal immigrants working at state courthouses.

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