INDIANAPOLIS | Times staff members earned 15 state awards Friday in the Best in Indiana Journalism contest held by the Society of Professional Journalists' Indiana Professional chapter.
The winners were:
- Editorial Page Editor Doug Ross, first place in editorial writing for "Unplug Powers' dreams of trash-to-ethanol riches." Ross also won first place in column writing for his piece, "Gary's abandoned schools are a left behind story."
- Investigative Reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski, first place in coverage of children's issues for her "Children in Peril" series.
- Reporters Lauri Harvey Keagle and Bowdeya Tweh, first place in environmental reporting for "Residents pipe up on Enbridge plan."
- Pat Colander, associate publisher of niche publications, first place in features writing for "Bunny Fisher learned about herself from her father's story."
- Page Designer Deb Hile, first place in graphics and illustration for "Where the food deserts are." Hile also won second place in the best design other than page one category for "Digital age pickpockets."
- Designer Shirley Gioia, first place for newspaper page one design for "Gunman dead."
- Reporter Sarah Tompkins, first place in feature writing for "Pelke's devotion to family, faith resonates decades after murder."
- Reporters Jeff Burton, Bob Kasarda, Joyce Russell and Tompkins, second place in spot news reporting for "Gunman dead."
- Shore contributor Tom Chmielewski, second place in magazine headline writing for "The Wright house at the wrong time."
- Shore contributor Jennifer Mayo, second place in features photography for "Fashion on the shore."
- Health Reporter Vanessa Renderman, third place in feature writing for "Victims of war, battle from within."
- Bill Dolan, Lake County government reporter, third place in spot news reporting for "Pastor dismissed for 'sin.'"
- Correspondent Paul Oren, third place in best sports column.