PITTSBURGH – Observer-Reporter staff members won three Golden Quill awards, including the Ray Sprigle Memorial Award for newspapers/wire services under 45,000, Thursday night at the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania’s 50th annual awards presentation at Sheraton Station Square Hotel.
The competition recognizes professional excellence in written, photographic, illustration, broadcast and online journalism in Western Pennsylvania.
The yearlong series, “No Place to Call Home,” about homelessness in Washington and Greene counties, won a Quill in the enterprise/investigative category and the Ray Sprigle Memorial Award for best of show. The award is named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Members of the project team were Liz Rogers, editor; Denise Bachman, managing editor of production; Jon Stevens, Greene County bureau chief; Karen Mansfield and Barbara Miller, staff writers; Katie Roupe and Jim McNutt, photographers; and student journalist Mallory Rogers, a senior at Trinity High School.
The series also won the National Low-Income Housing Coalition’s annual media award, as well as a second-place Keystone Press and Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors awards.
In the editorials category, editorial page editor Brad Hundt won for his editorial package, which included “No Doubting the Heroics of Mandela.”
Photographer Roupe was nominated in Best Cover Design, Magazines category for “South Hills Living.”
In the health/science/environment category, staff writer Scott Beveridge was nominated for “Clean Bill of Health,” which documents the environmental recovery of land ravaged decades ago by Donora steel and zinc mills.
Retired executive editor Park Burroughs’ historical seven-part series, “The West Enders: A Story of Murder in Desperate Times,” was nominated for a Quill in the history/culture category.
In the columns category, Stevens was nominated for his columns package, which included “Flu Season Nothing To Sneeze At.”
In the editorials category, Stevens was nominated for a Quill for his editorial package, which included “One Mine Death is Too Many.”
The interactive multimedia feature, “All-District Basketball Team,” was nominated in the online/e-media sports reporting category. Members of the project development team were Roupe and web developer Robert Loar, along with former staff members Jason Mackey and Bess Dunlevy.