Our Awards

New York Press Association (NYPA)

For work published in 2018

1st Place, News or Feature Series (4,000 to 7,000), for How Hot? How Soon? Climate Change in the Highlands
1st Place, Environmental Coverage (all papers) for How Hot? How Soon? Climate Change in the Highlands
2nd Place, In-Depth Reporting (4,000 to 7,000) for How Hot? How Soon? Climate Change in the Highlands
1st Place, Feature Story (4,000 to 6,000) to Michael Turton for Were You Just Thinking We Should Do a Story on Coincidences?
2nd Place, Feature Story (4,000 to 6,000) to Brian PJ Cronin for Nice Guys Finish Last
2nd Place, Photo Story (4,000 to 8,000) to Ross Corsair for Shanty on the River
2nd Place, Art Photo (6,000 or less) to Michael Turton for his shot of a tug on the foggy Hudson (below)

Photo by Michael Turton

1st Place, Sports Feature (4,000 to 6,000) to Brian PJ Cronin for The Endless List
3rd Place, Sports Feature (4,000 to 6,000) to Michael Turton for Pond Hockey: Skating on Thick Ice
Honorable Mention, Sports Feature (4,000 to 6,000) to Michael Turton for Racing Pigeon Rescue
2nd Place, Promotional Advertisement (6,000 or less) to Pierce Strudler for an ad that was part of the newspaper’s annual appeal
Honorable Mention, Best Front-Page Design (4,000 to 8,000) to Pierce Strudler

For work published in 2017

1st Place, Thomas G. Butson Award for In-Depth Reporting (5,000 or less) for Fighting Back – The Opioid Crisis
2nd Place, News or Features Series (5,000 or less) for Fighting Back – The Opioid Crisis
2nd Place, Coverage of the Arts (8,000 or less) for stories by Alison Rooney and Brian PJ Cronin
3rd Place, Coverage of Crime, Police and Courts (8,000 or less) for stories by Michael Turton, Jeff Simms, Brian PJ Cronin and Chip Rowe
Honorable Mention, Coverage of Local Government (8,000 or less) for stories by Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong
3rd Place, Coverage of Health and Healthcare Issues (All papers) for stories by Michael Turton, Brian PJ Cronin, Chip Rowe and Jeff Simms
2nd Place, Feature Writing (3,000 to 5,000) to Peter Stevenson for his profile of Brian McConnachie, Humor from Another Planet
Honorable Mention, Feature Writing (3,000 to 5,000) to Michael Turton for Cafe Confidential
Honorable Mention, Newswriting (4,000 or less) to Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong for Butterfield Developer Sues Village in Federal Court
3rd Place, Editorial Cartoon (8,000 or less) for his lighthearted vision of the end game of an initiative for local governments to share services (below).

2nd Place, Front-Page Design (6,000 or less) to Kate Vikstrom
2nd Place, Multi-Advertiser Pages (Weeklies) to Kate Vikstrom and Michele Gedney for their Summer Camp Guide
Honorable Mention, Small Advertisement (6,000 or less) to Dana Wigdor for an ad designed for the Beacon Institute

For work published in 2016

1st Place, Graphic Illustration (4,000 or less) to Deb Lucke for The Spirit of Beacon Parade
3rd Place, Coverage of Local Government (4,000 or less) to Michael Turton, Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong, Jeff Simms and Holly Crocco for stories on Cold Spring, Putnam County and Beacon issues
3rd Place, News Story (4,000 or less) to Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong for Putnam Visitors’ Bureau Lost Money in 2015
3rd Place, Spots News Photo (4,000 or less) to Anita Peltonen her shot of a firetruck racing through Fishkill Rural Cemetery (below)

Photo by Anita Peltonen

For work published in 2015

3rd Place, News Story (4,000 or less) to Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong for ‘Roger Ailes Senior Center’? County Said ‘No’ to Such Tributes in 2008
2nd Place, Art Photo (5,000 and less) to Ross Corsair for this shot of a kayaker on the Hudson River (below)

Sunset at Cold Spring, by Ross Corsair

Sunset at Cold Spring, by Ross Corsair

Honorable Mention, Multi-Advertiser Pages (8,000 and less), to Michele Gedney and Kate Vikstrom for holiday shopping guide

For work published in 2014

1st Place, Use of Social Media (All papers) to Mary Anne Myers for One Poem a Day Won’t Kill You
3rd Place, Coverage of the Arts (5,000 or less) to Alison Rooney
Honorable Mention, Graphic Illustration (5,000 or less) to Kate Vikstrom

For work published in 2013

1st Place, Spot News Coverage, to Kevin E. Foley, Alison Rooney and Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong for coverage of MTA derailment and death of Jim Lovell
2nd Place, Spot News Coverage, to Kevin E. Foley, Michael Turton and Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong, for coverage of a local manhunt
2nd Place, Coverage of Local Government, to Kevin E. Foley and Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong for stories on town, village and county issues
3rd Place, News Story, to Kevin E. Foley, for Family Celebrates Husband and Father’s Life
3rd Place, Best News or Feature Series, to Jeanne Tao for local religious institutions
3rd Place, Feature Story, to Kevin E. Foley for Sing, Fly, Mate, Die
Honorable Mention, Sports Feature, to Alison Rooney, for Zane Del Pozo is a Triathlon Champion, and He’s Not Yet Six Years Old
1st Place, Use of Video (All papers) to Gregory Gunder, for Sing, Fly, Mate, Die
Honorable Mention, Multi-Advertiser Page, to Kate Vikstrom, for Shop Local, Local Beacon
3rd Place, for House Ad/Campaign, to Kate Vikstrom

Local Independent Online News (LION)

For work published in 2019

1st Place, Investigative Report (Smaller Publications), to Chip Rowe for The Extremist Next Door

National Newspaper Association (NNA)

For work published in 2018

■ 2nd Place, General Excellence (Weeklies, 3,000 to 6,000)
■ 1st Place, Sports Column (3,000 to 10,000) to Brian PJ Cronin for his Out There column, Nice Guys Finish Last
■ 3rd Place, Sports Column (3,000 to 10,000) to Brian PJ Cronin for his Out There column, The Endless List
■ 2nd Place, Editorial Writing (3,000 to 6,000) to Chip Rowe for Why Newspapers Make You Mad
■ 1st Place, Agricultural Reporting (6,000 or less) to Cheetah Haysom for Who Will Pick the Crops?
■ 2nd Place, In-Depth Series (Weeklies, 3,000 to 10,000) for A Growing Challenge: Farms and Food in the Hudson Valley
■ 3rd Place, Feature Photo (Weeklies, 3,000 to 6,000), to Ross Corsair for his shot of a sledder on Winter Hill we called, “How Do You Steer This Thing?” (below)

Ross Corsair’s winning shot of a sledder on Winter Hill looking for the brakes.

■ 1st Place, Video Journalism (3,000 to 6,000) to Mark Westin for The Green Man, a look behind the scenes of a Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival production of Robin Hood
■ 1st place, Feature Photo (Weeklies, 3,000 to 6,000) to Michael Turton for his photo, “Hudson Haze” (below)

Photo by Michael Turton

Michael Turton’s shot of a foggy Hudson

■ 1st Place, Photo Essay (3,000 to 6,000) to Ross Corsair for The Fight Scene
■ 3rd Place, Photo Essay (3,000 to 6,000) to Ross Corsair for Play Prep
■ Honorable Mention, Photo Essay (3,000 to 6,000) to Ross Corsair for Shanty on the River
■ Honorable Mention, Sports Photo (3,000 to 5,000) to Ross Corsair for his shot of a coach comforting a Little League player (below).

Ross Corsair was honored for this photo of a coach offering encouragement.

■ 1st Place, Color Advertisement (5,000 and less) to Kate Vikstrom for an ad she designed to promote the Hello Again, Dolly! Festival
■ 2nd Place, Multiple-Advertiser Section (5,000 or less) to Michele Gedney for her Summer Camp Guide

For work published in 2017

■ 1st Place, Business Story (Weeklies, 6,000 or less), to Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong for her article, Airbnb Bookings Jump 75 Percent in Philipstown
■ 1st Place, Original Editorial Cartoon (all papers), to Clay Jones for “Shared Services” (below)

Clay Jones’ winning editorial cartoon

■ 1st Place, Video Journalism (3,000-5,999), first place, to Michael Turton and Greg Gunder for The World’s Oldest Barber
■ 1st Place, Feature Stories (Non-Dailies, 2,000 to 3,999) to Michael Turton for A Day in Drug Court
■ 3rd Place, Feature Stories (Weeklies, 2,000 to 3,999), to Alison Rooney for Off the Wall at Grey Printing
■ Honorable Mention, Feature Photo (Weeklies, 3,000-5,999) for “Looking Back” (below)

Ross Corsair’s award-winning photo of a visitor to Magazzino Italian Art

■ 3rd Place, Small Advertisement (Weeklies, 5,000 or less) to Kate Vikstrom ad created for Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

For work published in 2016

■ 1st Place, Feature Story (Weekly, 2,000 to 3,999) to Brian PJ Cronin for Saving Ethel Rosenberg, which described the efforts by a Philipstown man to receive a pardon for his mother, who was executed in 1953 on charges of treason.
■ 2nd Place, Environmental Story (9,000 and less) to Jeff Simms for Pushing North for Survival, on the effect of climate change on migratory wildlife.
■ Honorable Mention, Business Story (6,000 and less) to Jeff Simms for At the Heart of Beacon, about the effect of the city’s growth on Main Street businesses.
■ 3rd Place, Best Newspaper Site (all papers)
■ 3rd Place, Video Journalism (3,000 to 5,999) to Gregory Gunder and Michael Turton for A Trip to Remember, about a visit by a group of veterans to Washington, D.C.
■ Honorable Mention, Education/Literary Story (Weeklies, 6,000 or less) to Kimberly Hiss for Is Cursive a Dying Art?
■ 1st Place, Color Ad (Weeklies, 5,000 or less) to Kate Vikstrom for an ad for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, “Our Town Thank You”
■ 2nd Place, Color Ad (Weeklies, 5,000 or less) to Kate Vikstrom for “Come to the Pink Elephant Tag Sale”
■ Honorable Mention, Small Ad (Weeklies, 5,000 or less) to Kate Vikstrom for “Fine Plus Rare Wine.”

New York News Publishers Association (NYNPA)

For work published in 2018 (papers less than 10,000 circulation)

Best Business Reporting for A Growing Challenge: Farms and Food in the Hudson Valley
Best Investigative Reporting for How Hot? How Soon? Climate Change in the Highlands
Best Headline, to Chip Rowe, for Were You Just Thinking We Should do a Story on Coincidences?
Best Design, for A Growing Challenge: Farms and Food in the Hudson Valley

For work published in 2017 (papers less than 10,000 circulation)

Community Service Award for Fighting Back: The Opioid Crisis
Best News Photo to Ross Corsair for a shot (below) of a woman braving a March snowstorm on Main Street in Cold Spring

Main Street, Cold Spring (photo by Ross Corsair)

Best Online Photo Gallery to Ross Corsair for Twin Forts Day
Best Headline to Chip Rowe for $4.2 Million? Dam!

James Beard Foundation Awards

■ Best Food-Related Column, 2013, Finalist, to Celia Barbour for Mouths to Feed

News Leaders Association

■ First Amendment Award, 2019, Finalist, to Liz Schvetchuk Armstrong and Chip Rowe for Secret Putnam coverage

International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors

■ Golden Quill editorial contest, 2019, Finalist, to Chip Rowe for Why I Flipped on Secrecy

Deadline Club (Society of Professional Journalists, New York City chapter)

■ Local News Reporting, 2020, Finalist, to Chip Rowe for The Extremist Next Door

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