July 28, 2014

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Chronicle-Telegram staff named finalists for 18 Press Club of Cleveland awards

ELYRIA – The Chronicle-Telegram and its staff have been named as finalists for 18 awards in the Press Club of Cleveland’s annual Excellence in Journalism Awards contest.

The places of the awards will be announced at a June 6 ceremony. The paper has been named a finalist in one of the contest’s “Best in Ohio” awards, but the precise category of that award won’t be announced until next month.

Chronicle Editor Andy Young and Photographer Kristin Bauer both are up for three individual awards.

Bauer is a finalist in the pictorial, portrait/personality photography and photojournalism awards categories, while Young is being honored in the single editorial writing category for an editorial on a sick leave payout to former Lorain County Auditor Mark Stewart.

Young also is a finalist in two Best in Ohio categories.

The categories that Young, as well as categories that Sports Editor Kevin Aprile and News Editor Ben Nagy, are finalists in, won’t be announced until the awards ceremony.

Nagy also is a finalist for headline writing, while the work of several reporters on coverage of a house explosion in Elyria is being recognized in the breaking news category.

Senior Writer Brad Dicken is up for awards in breaking news – single story for his coverage of Nancy Smith’s final court appearance in the controversial Head Start child molestation case and in the general news – single story category for his coverage of the firing of a Lorain County Community College dean.

Dicken and Reporter Lisa Roberson are nominated in the general news – multiple stories category for their reporting on allegations of sexual abuse at an Elyria day care center. Roberson also is nominated in the general features writing category for her story on Morgan Stock being named Amherst homecoming queen.

Rini Jeffers, a freelancer for The Chronicle, has also been named a finalist in the general features writing category for her story on car crash survivor Amy Vitelli.

Web Editor Karie Spaetzel has been recognized for her work on The Chronicle’s Facebook page in the best use of social media category, while Assistant Sports Editor Scott Petrak is nominated for sports column writing for an article on the Indians postseason.