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WINNERS 2013 EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM CONTEST

CONNECTICUT CHAPTER, SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS

Editorial > Editorial Cartoon
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Jobs related to the sale and manufacture of guns; Hartford Courant; Bob Englehart
Community Non-Daily
First Place: New zoning regulations; Fairfield Sun; Douglas C. Smith
Second Place: Weekly Shenanigans -- Trust me; New Britain City Journal; Ken Stump
Third Place: Weekly Shenanigans -- Oh no!; New Britain City Journal; Ken Stump

Editorial > General Column
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: The war against the giant space rocks; Hartford Courant; David Holahan
Second Place: Thrill of cheering on daughter turns to horror; Connecticut Post; Michael J. Daly
Third Place: Robin Roberts and cancer; New Haven Register; Ann DeMatteo
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Your tax dollars at rest; Record-Journal; Glenn Richter
Second Place: Walter Cronkite told us; Record-Journal; Glenn Richter
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: At 50, relearning the lingo of a 2-year-old; Stamford Advocate; John Breunig
Community Non-Daily
First Place: Chuck Norris would go in the water; Harbor News; Juliana Gribbins
Magazine
First Place: Say 'Ah'—The interview; Connecticut Magazine; Lary Bloom
Regional Non-Daily
First Place: Out on a limb: Two brilliant buzzards—and baby makes three; Litchfield County Times; Kathryn Boughton

Editorial > Op-Ed Column
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Why I don't keep a gun in my house; Hartford Courant; Tom Condon
Second Place: Sandy Hook wounds; Hartford Courant; Frank Harris
Third Place: If you please, I rise to defend black bears; Hartford Courant; David Holahan
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: So much more must be done to reduce homelessness; News-Times; Art Cummings
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Guns: Next step is legal challenge; Norwich Bulletin; Ray Hackett
Second Place: Being Catholic in the era of scandal; Stamford Advocate; John Breunig
Third Place: Love the bullies. Really.; Stamford Advocate; Deborah DiSesa Hirsch
Community Non-Daily
First Place: 50 years later, Kennedy legacy lives on; Greater New Milford Spectrum; Art Cummings
Second Place: Downtown New Milford is special; Greater New Milford Spectrum; Deborah Rose

Editorial > Opinion Column
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Gun lobby could use a different face; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
Second Place: Are we asking the right questions in Newtown?; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
Third Place: Victimhood, the last refuge; Waterbury Republican-American; Tracey O'Shaughnessy
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Amistad's star should burn brightly again, at home in Connecticut; The Day; David Collins
Second Place: Memories of Donna take flight with snowy owl; News-Times; Robert Miller


Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: What Stamford taxpayers got for $366,036; Stamford Advocate; Angela Carella
Second Place: A farmer and the storm: A Christmas story; Stamford Advocate; Angela Carella
Community Non-Daily
First Place: The fourth branch of government; New Britain City Journal; Robin Vinci
Second Place: Make a promise to reduce violence; Greater New Milford Spectrum; Art Cummings
Magazine
First Place: The great state of New England; Connecticut Magazine; Charles Monagan
Online
First Place: Questions for Gov. Malloy on the budget; Raising Hale; Suzanne Bates
Regional Non-Daily
First Place: Mercy for the merciless; Catholic Transcript; M. Regina Cram

Editorial > Single Editorial
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Stumbling in the dark; Hartford Courant; Tom Condon
Second Place: Guns Save Lives Day; New Haven Register; Ben Doody
Third Place: A double-standard for state employees who steal; New Haven Register; Matt DeRienzo
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Don't fall for the NRA propaganda; News-Times; Art Cummings
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Torrington, we need to talk about statutory rape; Register Citizen; Matt DeRienzo
Second Place: Legacy of Bart; Greenwich Time; John Breunig
Third Place: Look no further than legislature to find fat in state government; Norwich Bulletin; Ray Hackett
Community Non-Daily
First Place: Ongoing quest to reduce gun violence; Greater New Milford Spectrum; Art Cummings, Jacky Smith, Norm
Cummings
Second Place:Tragic attack in Boston; Greater New Milford Spectrum; Art Cummings, Jacky Smith, Norm Cummings
Regional Non-Daily
First Place: Conscience attacked; Catholic Transcript; Monsignor David Liptak

Graphics > Informational Graphic
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: How a bill becomes a law; Hartford Courant; Wes Rand
Second Place: Unraveling terror; Hartford Courant; Wes Rand
Third Place: Playing to win; Hartford Courant; Wes Rand
Magazine
First Place: A guide to skirting Connecticut's campaign laws; Connecticut Magazine; Stacey Slimak Shea

Layout > Headline
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First PlaceFrom jail to Yale; New Haven Register; Al Santangelo
Second Place: Suite-Boat-Slogan; Connecticut Post; Lynn Schnier
Third Place: Papi and circumstance; Connecticut Post; David Wells
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Ursa-Vote-Letter; News-Times; Lynn Schnier
Second Place: Twitter-Eyes-Vacation; News-Times; Lynn Schnier
Third Place: Come hither-Laundromat-Bumpy rides; News-Times; Ted Funsten
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Oh the places he'll go; Stamford Advocate; Linda Levinson



Layout > Non-Page 1 Layout
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: At gun points; Hartford Courant; Chris Moore
Second Place: UConn water worries; Hartford Courant; Chris Moore
Third Place: Come out to the movies; Hartford Courant; Chris Moore
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: A world of flavor; The Day; Maria Reagan
Second Place: Fair goes upscale; News-Times; Daryn Rowley
Third Place: Business trip; Record-Journal; George Dalek
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Year of the quarterback; Greenwich Time; Chris McNamee
Second Place: Man in the middle; Greenwich Time; Chris McNamee
Community Non-Daily
First Place: International Festival of Arts & Ideas; Guilford Courier; Jennifer Corthell
Magazine
First Place: The tree ducks; Seasons Magazine; Lisa Remo
Second Place: Mob story; Connecticut Magazine; Stacey Slimak Shea
Third Place: Battle lines; AAA Journeys; Karen A. Avitabile

Layout > Page 1 Layout
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: East Haven plane crash; New Haven Register; Martin O'Sullivan, Ben Doody
Second Place: Captured; Hartford Courant; Greg Harmel
Third Place: Chasing the great white; Hartford Courant; Greg Harmel
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Sandy Hook report: A killer's psyche; News-Times; Daryn Rowley
Second Place: Buried; The Day; Jill Blanchette
Third Place: A shovel-ready project; The Day; John Ruddy
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: 50 years on: JFK assassination; Stamford Advocate; Tim Guzda
Second Place: Candy quotient: Where the best trick-or-treating is; Stamford Advocate; Tim Guzda
Third Place: Heroin front page; Register Citizen; Alyson Bowman
Community Non-Daily
First Place: Sunrise, Sunset; Greater New Milford Spectrum; Daryn Rowley
Second Place: Selling our biggest asset; New Britain City Journal; Rachel Anonuevo
Regional Non-Daily
First Place: Pope Francis; Catholic Transcript; Leslie DiVenere

Multimedia > Interactive Graphic -- Reporting
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: To honor their lives; Hartford Courant; Daniela Altimari, Suzanne Carlson, Steve Goode, Second Place:
Profiles of unified sports; Hartford Courant; Matthew Conyers, Nick Greene, Colin McDonough, Matt McDonough
Third Place: The AR-15 -- From radical experiment to controversial icon; Hartford Courant; Dan Haar
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Meriden police probe timeline; Record-Journal; Richie Rathsack
Magazine
First Place: Connecticut elections 2013 balance of power map: which party controls which cities and towns; Connecticut
Magazine; Jennifer Swift; Ben Doody
Second PlaceTimeline of Powder Ridge's history; Connecticut Magazine; Viktoria Sundqvist
Third Place: Motor vehicle tax by town; Connecticut Magazine; Jennifer Swift



Online
First Place: Achievement gaps and shootings in CT; The Connecticut Mirror; Alvin Chang

Multimedia > Interactive Graphic Design
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Sandy Hook anniversary; Hartford Courant; Tim Reck

Multimedia > Video Storytelling
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Roman Baca, dancing Marine; New Haven Register; Peter Hvizdak
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Cicadas emerge in Connecticut; The Day; Peter Huoppi
Second Place: Alice Acres; The Day; Carlos Diaz
Third Place: Emily's shady spot playground; The Day; Carlos Diaz
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Nutmeg Ballet brings The Nutcracker to Torrington this Christmas; Register Citizen; Shako Liu
Online
First Place: Pure Stamford-made maple syrup; It'sRelevant.com; Christina Chiarelli
Regional Non-Daily
First Place: A mother and daughter's journey into Alzheimer's; Litchfield County Times; Shako Liu

Photography > Feature Photo
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Horse crossing on a wintry day; Waterbury Republican-American; Christopher Massa
Second Place: Flu shot for a superhero; Connecticut Post; Christian Abraham
Third Place: Wheelchair pusher; New Haven Register; Peter Casolino
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Fashion show; The Day; Tim Martin
Second Place: Flu shot; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Third Place: Happy campers; The Day; Tim Martin
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Lebanon Fair bucking sheep; The Chronicle; Marie Brennan
Second Place: Veterans Day in Middletown; Middletown Press; Catherine Avalone
Third Place: Not a day for swimming; The Hour; Alex von Kleydorff
Community Non-Daily
First Place: Capturing the Harvest Festival; The Source; Gary Komoroski
Second Place: ’Tis the season; Harbor News; Kelley Fryer
Third Place: Honoring our veterans; New Britain City Journal; Eva Gryk
Magazine
First Place: Aloha to Aulani; AAA Journeys; Karen A. Avitabile
Second Place: Towne barber; Seasons Magazine; Todd Fairchild
Online
First Place: Egret in flight; WestportNow.com; Mark Molesworth
Second Place: Witchy boat; WestportNow.com; Elena Radu
Third Place: Here's Branford's Fourth-just a little early; Branford Eagle; Mary Johnson
Regional Non-Daily
First Place: Christmas caroling; Litchfield County Times; Laurie Gaboardi
Second Place: Telling Santa; Litchfield County Times; Laurie Gaboardi
Third Place: Dancers wait to take center stage; Catholic Transcript; Karen O. Bray




Photography > News Photo
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Anguished sentencing; Connecticut Post; Brian A. Pounds
Second Place: Residents dig themselves out; Connecticut Post; Ned Gerard
Third Place: Boston Marathon manhunt; New Haven Register; Mara Lavitt
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Bridge jumper; The Day; Tim Cook
Second Place: Buried by a blizzard; The Day; Tim Cook
Third Place: Ticket to ride; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Tornado touches down; The Chronicle; Al Malpa
Second Place: Beating the heat; The Hour; Alex von Kleydorff
Third Place: Willimantic St. Mary's fire; The Chronicle; Jonathan Alumbaugh
Regional Non-Daily
First Place: Priests, deacons ordained in dual ceremony; Catholic Transcript; Lenora Sumsky
Community Non-Daily
First Place: Standing vigil; East Haven Courier; Kelley Fryer
Online
First Place: A father remembered; WestportNow.com; Helen Klisser During
Second Place: Bad end to Memorial Day; WestportNow.com; Dave Matlow
Third Place: Keeping an eye on the flames; WestportNow.com; Dave Matlow

Photography > Photo Essay
Online
First Place: Goodbye to a Westport Marine; WestportNow.com; Douglas Healey
Second Place: Ringing in the New Year; WestportNow.com; Lynn U. Miller

Photography > Photo Layout
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: East Haven plane crash scene; New Haven Register; Peter Hvizdak
Second Place: Yale and Quinnipiac play for national title; New Haven Register; Peter Casolino
Third Place: Newtown's hope; Waterbury Republican-American; Bob Falcetti
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Newtown to D.C.; The Day; Dana Jensen
Second Place: Swabs report in; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Third Place: Valentine's weddings; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Fire performers in Torrington; Register Citizen; John Berry
Community Non-Daily
First Place: Village fair days -- the place to be in New Milford; Greater New Milford Spectrum; Norm Cummings, Trish
Haldin
Second Place: Holy Week at Sacred Heart Church; New Britain City Journal; Eva Gryk
Third Place: Girl Scouts and their guys enjoy Sweetheart Dance; Greater New Milford Spectrum; Deborah Rose

Photography > Sports Photo
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Swim race finish; New Haven Register; Mara Lavitt
Second Place: Safe at home; Connecticut Post; Christian Abraham
Third Place: High jumper; New Haven Register; Peter Casolino
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Safe at home; The Day; Dana Jensen
Second Place: Crawling to the finish; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Third Place: Championship bound; The Day; Tim Martin
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Equipment managers; The Chronicle; Al Malpa
Second Place: Xavier Falcons beat Fairfield Prep; Middletown Press; Catherine Avalone
Third Place: Vineyard race shining star; Stamford Advocate; Lindsay Perry
Community Non-Daily
First Place: On target; New Britain City Journal; Eva Gryk
Online
First Place: Second base acrobatics; WestportNow.com; Douglas Healey
Second Place: Jumping for joy and on to World Series; WestportNow.com; Douglas Healey

Reporting > Arts & Entertainment
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Remembering Gustav Meier's 41 seasons; Connecticut Post; Phyllis A.S. Boros
Second Place: Sandy Hook sculpture; New Haven Register; Donna Doherty
Third Place: That girl and that pearl; Waterbury Republican-American; Tracey O'Shaugnessy
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Captain and conductor; The Day; Rick Koster
Second Place: At Lyman Allyn, an artful love; The Day; Kristina Dorsey
Third Place: A world of flavor; The Day; Jenna Cho, Jill Blanchette
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Bradley: Show must go on; Norwich Bulletin; Lauren Flaum
Second Place: Children's book illustrator recognized for life's work; Norwich Bulletin; Lauren Flaum
Community Non-Daily
First Place: Great Caesar, great message; Harbor News; Meredith Crawford
Second Place: Hip hop artists roots in city; New Britain City Journal; Robin Vinci
Magazine
First Place: Present at the creation: CPTV at 50; Connecticut Magazine; Patricia Grandjean
Second Place: Supersonic youth; Seasons Magazine; Diane Melton
Third Place: Ireland's Great Hunger Museum; Connecticut Magazine; Cathy Ross
Online
First Place: Steamy blues and breezes on Jesup Green; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
Second Place: Lewis, Twain & Wells slept here; Branford Eagle; Sally E. Bahner
Third Place: Puppet House's next life: a repertory theater; Branford Eagle; Diana Stricker
Regional Non-Daily
First Place: Salisbury actor writes 'Outside-the-Box' book on beating prostate cancer; Litchfield County Times; Kathryn
Boughton
Television
First Place: A portrait of hope; News 12; Christopher Wood, Aaron Mesmer
Second Place: Dancing with the Racebrook Stars; News 12; Tim Hahn
Third Place: Restoring glory; News 12; Kristi Olds, Jim Mennino

Reporting > Business
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Seaweed offers lucrative future; New Haven Register; Mark Zaretsky
Second Place: Old sins sink a banking deal; Hartford Courant; Kenneth R. Gosselin
Third Place: Huge holes in the suburbs; Hartford Courant; Kenneth R. Goselin
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: The changing of the yard; The Day; Jennifer McDermott
Second Place: Pfizer experts special in tracking down fake drugs; The Day; Lee Howard
Third Place: Milestone for a sound business; The Day; Lee Howard



Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: National chain buys funeral home; Norwich Bulletin; John Barry
Second Place: Brewery getting ready to open in Remington Rand building; Middletown Press; Alex Gecan
Third Place: Sweet Harmony moves to Main Street; Middletown Press; Matt Gantos
Community Non-Daily
First Place: Mossberg plans to stay in North Haven; North Haven Citizen; Daniel Jackson
Second Place: Nov. 30: A Day to Support Small Business; East Haven Courier; Meredith Crawford
Magazine
First Place: Success stories; Connecticut Magazine; Leonard Felson, Charles Monagan, Andrew Brady, Ray Bendici, Alan
Bisbort, Maria LaPiana, Pat Grandjean, Cathy Ross
Online
First Place: Historic Stony Creek Granite returns to NYC; Branford Eagle; Diana Stricker
Second Place: A Main Street record comes to an end; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
Third Place: 37-Acre Costco plaza plan unveiled; Branford Eagle; Marcia Chambers & Diana Stricker
Radio
First Place: Growing global marketshare; WNPR; Sujata Srinivasan
Second Place: Nurturing homegrown business; WNPR; Sujata Srinivasan
Regional Non-Daily
First Place: Lawyers using FOI Act to help win cases; Connecticut Law Tribune; Thomas B. Scheffey
Second Place: A surge of "jail mail"; Connecticut Law Tribune; Thomas B. Scheffey
Television
First Place: Four plus; News 12; Kristi Olds, Christopher Wood
Second Place: Sally's place; News 12; Matthew Cyr, Charles Gorra

Reporting > Feature
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Judge trades secure job for the toughest; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
Second Place: Pain, and forgiveness; Hartford Courant; Hilda Munoz
Third Place: Catherine's dream; Hartford Courant; Matthew Sturdevant
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Witness to history; The Day; Betty J. Cotter
Second Place: Weathering changing times; The Day; Judy Benson
Third Place: Blindness looms, but life full for Ledyard girl; The Day; Anna Isaacs
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Rising above the floods; Greenwich Time; Justin Pottle
Second Place: Culture, access linked to swimming safety; Norwich Bulletin; Adam Benson
Third Place: A healing touch; Greenwich Time; Amanda Cuda
Community Non-Daily
First Place: The era of the 20-something entrepreneurs; Darien News; Megan Spicer
Second Place: Family focuses on 'hard work' as farmers; Greater New Milford Spectrum; Deborah Rose
Third Place: The Ivoryton Nine take the field; Valley Courier; Rita Christopher
Magazine
First Place: Teaching emotional intelligence; Seasons Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger
Second Place: In their defense; Connecticut Magazine; Pat Grandjean
Third Place: Life on the grid; Seasons Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger
Online
First Place: Mental health team hits the road to help youth In crisis; Connecticut Health I-Team; Magaly Olivero
Second Place: 1938 hurricane: “In one suck the lollipop was gone"; Branford Eagle; Sally Bahner
Third Place: History’s pages return to life; Branford Eagle; Sally E. Bahner
Radio
First Place: Marking 100th birthday with a swim for charity; WSHU; Alison Freeland
Second Place: Are we still the land of Yankee ingenuity?; WNPR; Sujata Srinivasan

Regional Non-Daily
First Place: Bethlehem Abbey's 'Cheese Nun' to share her story in Litchfield talk; Litchfield County Times; Kathryn
Boughton
Second Place: J.S. Friedman delivers 'Moral Tails' of a mouse in book series; Litchfield County Times; Kathryn Boughton
Third Place: Noted illustrator Marc Simont, 97, of West Cornwall, dies; Litchfield County Times; Alice Tessier and Kathryn
Boughton
Television
First Place: Not really a sacrifice; News 12; John Dempsey, Andrew Christman, Erica Zaky
Second Place: Growing sober; News 12; Andrew Christman, Kathryn Hauser
Third Place: Out of sight; News 12; Dan Renzetti, Kathryn Hauser

Reporting > Feature Series
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Looking ahead, with Alzheimer's on the horizon; Hartford Courant; William Weir
Second Place: Learning to be blind; New Haven Register; Ed Stannard
Third Place: Military suicides in Connecticut; New Haven Register; Joe Amarante
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Thinking of Newtown; News-Times; Teresa Rousseau, Rob Cox, Roger Sprung, Rachel Basch, Brian Koonz
Second Place: Hurricane of '38; The Day; John Ruddy
Third Place: Destination series; The Day; Marisa Nadolny, Kristina Dorsey, Rick Koster, Betty Cotter
Community Non-Daily
First Place: Dedicated to lives well lived; Valley Courier; Rita Christopher
Magazine
First Place: History; Seasons Magazine; Len Felson
Radio
First Place: Corporate citizenship; WNPR; Sujata Srinivasan
Television
First Place: Gaylord Hospital; News 12; Amelie Wilson, Christopher Wood, Melissa Taberna

Reporting > General Reporting
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Bombs bring fears back; Hartford Courant; Matthew Sturdevant, William Weir
Second Place: Drugs keep users, police guessing; Hartford Courant; William Weir
Third Place: East Haven police officers' conduct; New Haven Register; Jennifer Swift
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: History and mystery dug from Fishers Island; The Day; Anna Isaacs
Second Place: 'It's such a tragedy'; The Day; Kathleen Edgecomb
Third Place: For Waterford veteran, battling PTSD was too tough a fight; The Day; Izaskun Larraneta
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Daring cops recall boat chase; Greenwich Time; Brittany Lyte
Second Place: In heroin's grip; Register Citizen; Isaac Avilucea, Esteban L. Hernandez
Third Place: Lockerbie 25 years on; Stamford Advocate; Maggie Gordon
Community Non-Daily
First Place: Seeking Sjolander’s killer; Darien News; Megan Spicer
Second Place: Darien runner close to the site of explosions; Darien News; Megan Spicer
Third Place: Secrecy of energy contract worries councilors; Canton News; Andrew Ragali
Magazine
First Place: No more broken hearts; Connecticut Magazine; Patricia Grandjean
Second Place: State House for sale; Connecticut Magazine; Jennifer Swift, Chris Hoffman
Third Place: Saving Maggie's farm; Connecticut Magazine; Ben Greenfield



Online
First Place: Connecticut's trouble with seawalls; The Connecticut Mirror; Jan Ellen Spiegel
Second Place: Appraisals confirm state overpaid for parking garage, perhaps 10 times too much; Raising Hale; Zachary
Janowski
Third Place: Amendola gets 10 years for bashing ex-cop with baseball bat; Branford Eagle; Marcia Chambers
Radio
First Place: Norwalk, Conn. debates building in a floodplain; WSHU; Kaomi Goetz
Regional Non-Daily
First Place: Region 1 School Board mulls lawsuit against superintendent in closed session; Litchfield County Times;
Kathryn Boughton
Second Place: A fateful choice; Connecticut Law Tribune; Thomas B. Scheffey
Third Place: DCF slams judge for delays; Connecticut Law Tribune; Thomas B. Scheffey
Special Supplement
First Place: Year in review; Norwich Bulletin; Marilyn Comrie, Brendan Cox, Aaron Flaum
Television
First Place: Do you need a firetruck?; News 12; Mark Sogofsky, Kristi Olds
Second Place: Bandit; News 12; Frank Recchia, Jim Mennino
Third Place: Birds for Alex Burdo; News 12; Aaron J Cipollina

Reporting > General Reporting Series
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Aaron Hernandez coverage; Hartford Courant; Staff of the Hartford Courant
Second Place: Monsignor meth; Connecticut Post; Daniel Tepfer, Michael P. Mayko
Third Place: Newtown: The year after; Hartford Courant; staff of The Hartford Courant
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Critical timing; News-Times; Ken Dixon, John Pirro, Mike Mayko, Neil Vigdor, Dirk Perrefort, Nanci G. Hutson
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Blight in Torrington; Register Citizen; Kate Hartman
Community Non-Daily
First Place: Branford considers a gun ordinance; The Sound; Pam Johnson
Magazine
First Place: Front row; Connecticut Magazine; Patricia Grandjean
Online
First Place: Westport Little Leaguers compete in World Series, town bursts with pride; WestportNow.com; James
Lomuscio
Second Place: Blizzard brings Branford to a halt; Branford Eagle; Marcia Chambers, Sally E. Bahner & Mary Johnson
Television
First Place: Sandy Hook: Tributes to the lost; WFSB; WFSB News Team, Dana Neves, News Director
Second Place: Breaking barriers; News 12; Dan Renzetti, Kathryn Hauser

Reporting > In-Depth
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Raising Adam Lanza -- A life of instability; Hartford Courant; Alaine Griffin, Josh Kovner
Second Place: Shattered trust, shaken town; Hartford Courant; David Owens
Third Place: Collared; Connecticut Post; Michael P. Mayko, Daniel Tepfer, Anne Amato, MariAn Gail Brown
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Letters show a life rich in love and courage; News-Times; Eileen FitzGerald
Second Place: Facing Derynoski parents' concern, Bread for Life seeks to correct 'major misconception'; Record-Journal;
Farrah Duffany, Mary Ellen Godin
Third Place: More guns than people; The Day; Greg Smith



Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Guns effective tool for suicidal; Norwich Bulletin; John Barry
Second Place: Complex equation; Greenwich Time; Paul Schott
Third Place: Victim bullied after rape allegations against Torrington football players; Register Citizen; Jessica Glenza
Community Non-Daily
First Place: Details released on Pudlin hiring; New Britain City Journal; Robin Vinci
Second Place: The year of the acronym: CCSS, SEED, CCT, SLOs; Harbor News; Becky Coffey
Third Place: Branford Town Clerk speaks out; The Sound; Pam Johnson
Magazine
First Place: The rising Latino tide; Connecticut Magazine; Alan Bisbort
Second Place: Pay Connecticut car taxes? Our 'ouch' map: Hartford's bill seven times Salisbury's for same car;
Connecticut Magazine; Jennifer Swift
Third Place: The power & the infamy; Connecticut Magazine; Tom Connor
Online
First Place: High use of antipsychotics in nursing homes stirs concerns, reforms; Connecticut Health I-Team; Lisa
Chedekel
Second Place: School officials wait to notify police about school bomb threat until afterwards; Branford Eagle; Marcia
Chambers
Third Place: NU execs shine brightest as source of cash for Connecticut's Democratic Party; The Connecticut Mirror;
Mark Pazniokas
Radio
First Place: Gun incident at Chuck E. Cheese prompts scrutiny of gun permit appeals board; WSHU; Dan Katz
Regional Non-Daily
First Place: Tick bite leads to $41.7 million verdict; Connecticut Law Tribune; Thomas B. Scheffey
Second Place: Triggerfish and tower dumps; Connecticut Law Tribune; Thomas B. Scheffey
Television
First Place: Progression of a dream; News 12; Brandon Walker, Dan Renzetti
Second Place: Kids in crisis; WFSB; Kim Lucey
Third Place: Answering a call; News 12; Kristi Olds, Christopher Wood

Reporting > In-Depth Series
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: The looming dementia crisis; Waterbury Republican-American; Brynn Mandel, Tracey O'Shaughnessy, Carrie
MacMillan
Second Place: Inside the great divide; Connecticut Post; Tim Loh
Third Place: Waiting to inhale; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon, Tim Loh, Bill Cummings, Denis J. O'Malley, Brian Lockhart
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Spreading the help/Dozens of charities have sprung up; News-Times; Dirk Perrefort, Nanci G. Hutson
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Dangerous water: Well contamination a statewide problem; Stamford Advocate; Kate King
Second Place: What is the Common Core?; Greenwich Time; Paul Schott
Third Place: John Barry buys a gun; Norwich Bulletin; John Barry
Online
First Place: Connecticut's budget crisis, and why you should care about it; The Connecticut Mirror; Keith M. Phaneuf
Television
First Place: Lessons from Columbine; WFSB; Robert Goulston, Brian Elba, Tracy Furey

Reporting > Investigative Series
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Fragile lives, needless deaths; Hartford Courant; Dave Altimari, Matthew Kauffman, Josh Kovner
Second Place: Doc Hurley Foundation investigation; Hartford Courant; Matthew Kauffman, Vanessa de la Torre
Third Place: Bridgeport's "driveway" debacle; Connecticut Post; Brian Lockhart, Daniel Tepfer

Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Tracking overdose 'epidemic' is difficult; Record-Journal; Mary Ellen Godin
Online
First Place: Investigating court appointed child advocates; Raising Hale; Jordan Otero
Television
First Place: Mitochondrial mystery: The Justina Pelletier case; WTIC TV; Beau Berman, Dan Putnam
Second Place: The lawsuit lady; WFSB; Eric Parker, Margaret Lohmiller

Reporting > Investigative Story
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Killer had record of domestic abuse; Hartford Courant; Christine Dempsey
Second Place: State inherits a windfall; Hartford Courant; Christopher Keating
Third Place: Stricter laws, fewer tickets; Hartford Courant; Kelly Glista
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Special report: traffic stops; The Day; Sasha Goldstein
Second Place: State audits nonprofit's spending habits; The Day; Judy Benson
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Cafeteria confidential; Stamford Advocate; Maggie Gordon
Second Place: Bullying log records absent, district compliance inconsistent; Register Citizen; Jessica Glenza
Third Place: Middletown spent $7.47 million on overtime in three years; Middletown Press; Viktoria Sundqvist
Community Non-Daily
First Place: Questionable deal; New Britain City Journal; Robin Vinci
Second Place: City overpays; New Britain City Journal; Robin Vinci
Magazine
First Place: Mob story; Connecticut Magazine; Chris Hoffman
Second Place: Blonde, blue-eyed and gone; Connecticut Magazine; M. William Phelps
Online
First Place: State's child care oversight: minimal monitoring, lax enforcement; Connecticut Health I-Team; Lisa Chedekel
Second Place: Who gets the lawn?; Branford Eagle; Marcia Chambers
Third Place: Legislature deletes emails after 21 days; Raising Hale; Zachary Janowski
Regional Non-Daily
First Place: Colt under fire; Connecticut Law Tribune; Thomas B. Scheffey
Second Place: A silent culture of acceptance surrounds the use of ADHD drugs on campuses; Hartford Advocate;
Christopher Burns
Third Place: Trib 20: Unpredictable year spurred unexpected growth; Connecticut Law Tribune; Thomas B. Scheffey
Television
First Place: Hospital holds West Hartford girl for 9 months after parents argue diagnosis; WTIC TV; Beau Berman, Dan
Putnam
Second Place: A family's fight for the Ghazal Mart; WFSB; Kim Lucey
Third Place: Is costly gunshot detection system worth the price?; WTIC TV; Beau Berman, Ryan Bernat, John Krebs

Reporting > Spot News
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Father of Newtown victim heckled at hearing; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
Second Place: Nightmare commute; Connecticut Post; Denis J. O'Malley and Brian Lockhart
Third Place: Historic storm battles state -- snowfall amounts set records; Hartford Courant; Christine Dempsey, Jesse
Leavenworth
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Buried; The Day; Anna Isaacs, David Collins, Claire Bessette, Joe Wojtas, Kimberly Drelich
Second Place: 'It's such a tragedy'; The Day; Izaskun Larraneta and Kimberly Drelich



Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Bullied student commits suicide; Greenwich Time; Brittany Lyte and Paul Schott
Second Place: Fire levels 'landmark' church built in 1850; Norwich Bulletin; Adam Benson
Third Place: NFL's Amari Spievey arrested after fight over child support; Middletown Press; Viktoria Sundqvist
Online
First Place: Email? What email?; Branford Eagle; Diana Stricker, Marcia Chambers
Second Place: Schools’ $2 million budget blunder; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
Third Place: Get this man a laptop!; Branford Eagle; Marcia Chambers
Television
First Place: Gunman loose in Willimantic; WFSB; Kim Lucey
Second Place: White Sabbath; News 12; John Dempsey
Third Place: Police search Fairfield home of UNH lockdown suspect; WTIC TV; Beau Berman, Bob Hoover

Sports > Sports Column
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Hoosiers' -- The real story is just as sweet; Hartford Courant; Jeff Jacobs
Second Place: Beating the streets not an easy feat; Connecticut Post; Kevin Duffy
Third Place: Death of young football player; New Haven Register; Chip Malafronte
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Twilight baseball:; Record-Journal; Ken Lipshez
Second Place: I'll stick with the hometown boys; Record-Journal; Bryant Carpenter
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Nancy left her mark with Patriots; The Chronicle; Richard Zalusky
Second Place: Magical run for Coginchaug Little League; Middletown Press; Jimmy Zanor
Third Place: It's a young man's game; Greenwich Time; David Fierro
Community Non-Daily
First Place: Pinstripe press; New Britain City Journal; Robin Vinci

Sports > Sports Feature
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: Thinking win; Hartford Courant; Tom Yantz
Second Place: Before the terror, two triumphs; Hartford Courant; Lori Riley
Third Place: Coach Robby shines; Waterbury Republican-American; Quannah Leonard
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: A true ace; Record-Journal; Bryant Carpenter
Second Place: The life and times of a pitcher; Record-Journal; Ken Lipschez
Third Place: The days of summer; Record-Journal; Ken Lipshez
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Mason's wish comes true; Norwich Bulletin; Owen Poole
Second Place: Six decades later, Portland sports architect Arnie Liscombe still on the sidelines; Middletown Press; Jimmy
Zanor
Third Place: Middlefield QB Tim Boyle debuts at UConn Saturday; Middletown Press; Michael T. Lyle Jr.
Community Non-Daily
First Place: Father figure: George Pinho leaves lasting legacy at Woodland; Citizen's News; Kyle Brennan
Second Place: Social media makes its way to high school athletics; The Source; PJ Foti
Third Place: Greenberg granted another grab at bigs with Orioles; Guilford Courier; John Lecardo
Magazine
First Place: The overachiever; Connecticut Magazine; Terese Karmel
Second Place: Hoop dreams: Kevin Ollie has his dream job, now comes the hard part; Hartford Magazine; Dom Amore
Third Place: Blood sisters of the fast track; Connecticut Magazine; David Holahan



Television
First Place: Basketball a world away; News 12; Mark Sudol, Andrew Christman
Second Place: Bernie football; News 12; Fred Gertainy, Robert Cook
Third Place: They call me molasses; News 12; Dan Renzetti, Kristi Olds

Sports > Sports News
Newspaper above 40,000 circulation
First Place: A sad day -- Hartford mourns former Weaver, Notre Dame star Asaph Schwapp; Hartford Courant; Paul Doyle
Second Place: Shabazz Napier's last-second shot gives UConn a win over Florida; Hartford Courant; Dom Amore
Third Place: Westport goes to Little League World Series; New Haven Register; Mary Albl
Newspaper at 18,000 to 40,000 circulation
First Place: Tempest in a Tech school teapot?; Record-Journal; Sean Krofssik
Second Place: Face of the state; The Day; Vickie Fulkerson
Newspaper below 18,000 circulation
First Place: Nonnewaug sets a torrid pace for Berkshire League wrestling; Register Citizen; Peter Wallace
Second Place: PGA legend Billy Casper leads clinic, fields questions at Lyman Orchards; Middletown Press; Michael T.
Lyle Jr.
Community Non-Daily
First Place: Simply the best once again; The Sound; Chris Piccirillo
Television
First Place: The long drive; News 12; Jim Mennino, Damian Andrew
Second Place: I wanna go fast; News 12; Kristi Olds, Christopher Wood
Third Place: Strongest woman; News 12; Kathryn Hauser, Lori Golias

Video Storytelling
Television
First Place: Jim Mennino composite; News 12; Jim Mennino
Second Place: Dan Renzetti composite; News 12; Dan Renzetti
Third Place: Mark Sogofsky composite; News 12; Mark Sogofsky


First Amendment Award
Exposing a secret effort to limit public access; Hartford Courant; Dave Altimari, Christopher Keating, Jon Lender, Edmund
H. Mahony

Theodore Driscoll Award for Investigative Reporting
Fragile lives, needless deaths; Hartford Courant; Dave Altimari, Matthew Kauffman, Josh Kovner

Stephen A. Collins Public Service Award
Newtown: The year after; Hartford Courant; staff of The Hartford Courant