ELYRIA — The 26th annual Cordelia Robbins Memorial awards were distributed to Chronicle-Telegram staff Thursday.
Robbins was a longtime Chronicle editor. After her death in 1986, Robbins’ family and the late Arthur D. Hudnutt, then Chronicle editor and publisher, established the awards to honor good journalism.
First-place winners included reporter Lisa Roberson’s in-depth profile of residents at the Wilkes Villa apartment complex in Elyria. Other first-place winners were Assistant Sports Editor Scott Petrak’s profile of Browns CEO Joe Banner and News Editor Benjamin Nagy’s “To bee or not to bee is no longer the question,” a headline about the Ohio Lottery paying spelling bee entry fees for schools that could no longer afford them.
The awards were judged by former Chronicle Managing Editor Patti Ewald, now a features writer and editor with the Tampa Bay Times. Ewald replaced former Chronicle Managing Editor Arnold Miller as judge after Miller died Feb. 14.
- Benjamin Nagy, news editor: “To bee or not to bee is no longer the question”
- Kevin Aprile, sports editor: “Thompson’s rite of passage … or is it his left?”
- Aprile: “61* After making a serious run at 59, Tiger settles for a career-tying round”
- Nagy: “The fungus among us”
- Nagy: “So will Bo know Avon?”
- Nagy: “Cribbed note”
- Dan Myers, copy editor: “Gold comes full circle”
Stories — features
- Scott Petrak, assistant sports editor: “Failing is not an option”
- Lisa Roberson, reporter: “One teacher’s dedication means success for 10 boys”
- Shaun Bennett, sportswriter: “Not just a passing fancy”
- Chelsea Miller, reporter: Big things brewing
- Petrak: In Weeden we trust
- Roberson: Amherst homecoming queen
Stories — news
- Roberson: The long goodbye
- Brad Dicken, senior writer: $18,000 for half a workday
- Roberson: Woman ensnared by a cat conundrum
- Dicken: Secret vote breaks law
- Miller: Pittsfield residents protest waste pond
- Evan Goodenow, reporter: Assault on reason