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Pittsburgh Trib takes two Golden Quills

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review won two Golden Quills Awards for journalistic excellence at the 41st annual Golden Quills Award banquet Monday night at the Pittsburgh Hilton and Towers, Downtown.

Staffers from the Trib’s sister publications — the Tribune-Review in Greensburg, the Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum and the Times Express Star in Monroeville — also won awards in the competition sponsored by The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review staff writer Luis Fábregas and former staffer Marisol Bello won in the enterprise/investigative reporting category for “Deadly Secrets,” which detailed the spread of infections in hospitals here and nationwide.

And staff writers Michael Yeomans and Carl Prine won in the sports category for “Teams Awaiting Financial Faceoffs,” an analysis of the economic plight of the Pittsburgh Penguins and other National Hockey League teams.

Staff writer Kevin Gorman was a finalist in the same category for “Spadafora,” a look at local boxer Paul Spadafora.

The Trib staff was a finalist in two categories: for its spot news coverage, titled “Mr. Rogers: 1928-2003,” on the death of children’s television pioneer Fred Rogers; and in the continuing coverage category for stories on “Iraq War.”

Other staff members who were finalists:

  • Andrew Conte in the business category for “Slovakia,” a series of articles on the economic progress of that Central European nation.

  • Mark Houser in the science, health and technology category for “DUI Sentences,” which focused on the judicial system’s leniency toward people with multiple convictions for drunken driving.

  • Colin McNickle for his editorial “1928-2003: Mister Rogers,” a eulogy for the educator and television host.

  • Graphic artist Bob Newell for news illustrations.

  • Joe Appel in two categories, feature photography and spot news photography.

    Two photographers for the Tribune-Review in Greensburg won awards.

    Barry Reeger won both the photo essay or story category and the Ed Romano Memorial Award for photography or videography, while Scott Spangler won the Harry Coughanour Award for feature photography.

    Staff writer Jennifer Gross Bails of the Valley News Dispatch won an award for newspapers and wire services with a circulation under 45,000 for her business story “Frazer Mall.”

    Zandy Dudiak of the Times Express Star won an award in the non-daily newspaper category for her feature story “Cold Case.”

    John and William Northrop, retired publishers of the Washington Observer-Reporter, won the President’s Award. They published the Washington County paper from 1966 to 2002.

    Dorie Bower, executive director and president of The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, received the Service to Journalism Award. A founding member of the 14-year-old club, she will retire in July.

    Jonathan Check, assistant news editor for The Pitt News, won the James J. Cuddy Golden Quill Memorial Award. The award, in its 21st year, is presented to an undergraduate student who demonstrates outstanding achievement in collegiate journalism.

    Check, 20, of Newton, Bucks County, will be a junior at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall. His winning articles — on Third World poverty, apartheid, tourism and the dangers of a moped bike ride in Vietnam — were written while studying abroad.


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