COLUMBUS The Norwalk Reflector staff took home two awards from the Associated Press at this year's annual award ceremony.
The Reflector earned third place in the best breaking news category for its team coverage of the June flood that ravaged the Firelands area. The Reflector's division includes Ohio newspapers with circulations between 8,000 and 12,900.
This is the second year in a row the Reflector has taken home third place in the best breaking news category. Last year reporters Cary Ashby and Matt Hutton won for their initial coverage of the Gravelle case.
Hutton also received a third place award this year in best enterprise reporting for his three-part series about immigration.
“I thought the writer showed a good presentation of the myriad facts of illegal immigration. Hard to do in a three-part series,” the judges wrote.
(That series is being republished on the newspaper’s Web site, www.norwalkreflector.com)
“This is a fine honor for Matt and everybody at the Reflector,” Managing Editor Joe Centers said. “This is a real team effort here, from publisher Andy Prutsok to the paper boys.
“With all of the improvements to our new Web site and the paper we put out each day, we do our best to give our readers the best product we can.”
The Sandusky Register took home its share of awards as well for newspapers between 13,000 and 24,900:
Don Lee, first place, best editorial cartoonist; Abigail Bobrow, first place, best photographer; Jason Werling, second place, best photographer; Art Price, first place, best full-page layout; Brandi Barhite, first place, best feature writer, second place, best columnist, honorable mention, best enterprise reporting; Evan Goodenow, second place, best feature writer; Molly Linn, second place, best business reporter.