Maine Press Association honors staff members of Bangor Daily News

Posted Oct. 14, 2012, at 10:27 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 14, 2012, at 3:38 p.m.
Aislinn Sarnacki being awarded the Maine Press Association Bob Drake Young Writer's Award.
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Aislinn Sarnacki being awarded the Maine Press Association Bob Drake Young Writer's Award.
Construction workers sit silently with their heads in their hands as police and fire officials inspect an excavator that rolled over and killed a worker along Odlin Road in Bangor on Wednesday July 27, 2011.
Construction workers sit silently with their heads in their hands as police and fire officials inspect an excavator that rolled over and killed a worker along Odlin Road in Bangor on Wednesday July 27, 2011.
After surfing the reversing falls, Chris Audet (from left), Justin Varney and Roy Curtis paddle back to the parking area.
After surfing the reversing falls, Chris Audet (from left), Justin Varney and Roy Curtis paddle back to the parking area. Buy Photo
Eric Zelz | BDN

FREEPORT, Maine — The Bangor Daily News received 17 first-place awards and a reporter for the paper received a top honor during the Maine Press Association’s annual banquet Saturday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Reporter Aislinn Sarnacki received the Bob Drake Young Writer’s Award, presented each year to a journalist with less than two years experience whose work demonstrates ability and great potential. Sarnacki, a University of Maine graduate, joined the BDN staff in 2010. She reports on the outdoors, produces the 1-minute hikes video series and writes features for the newspaper’s Living section.

Aimee Thibodeau, editor of the BDN’s Living section, introduced Sarnacki to the audience of 140 newspaper employees, praising the reporter for her powers of observation, sense of humor and ability to tell great stories. Sarnacki is the seventh BDN reporter to win the Drake award since its inception in 1995. The award is named for the late editor of the Waterville Morning Sentinel.

Bangor Daily News journalists who received first-place awards for their work were:

Photographers Kevin Bennett and Gabor Degre; graphics director Eric Zelz; reporters Jen Lynds and Bill Trotter; columnists Renee Ordway and David Farmer; and editorial cartoonist George Danby. Former page designer Khela Kupiec also won. In addition the staff was honored for producing the top daily and weekend business sections.

Advertising and marketing staff members who took home first place honors were: Shelley Sund, Elizabeth Hansen, Beth Grant, Sam Wood, Kathy Keegan and former staffer Chris Quimby.

Bangor Daily News Editor-in-Chief Michael J. Dowd, who completed his one-year term as president of the MPA Saturday, said the awards are a testament to the dedication and talent of the BDN staff.

“Our journalists and our advertising and marketing people give their utmost effort every day to serve our readers,” Dowd said.

The MPA honored A.M. Sheehan and Matt Hongoltz-Hetling as co-Journalists of the Year for their reporting for the Advertiser Democrat of Norway on deplorable conditions found in low-income housing in Western Maine.

Earlier Saturday, former editors Mary Dodge Brewer of the Boothbay Register and Wiscasset Newspaper and Ann B. McGowan of the Waterville Morning Sentinel were inducted into the MPA Hall of Fame.

Earl Brechlin, editor of the Mount Desert Islander, was voted president of the MPA for the fourth time in his career.

BDN honorees:

Spot News Photo

Kevin Bennett, Bangor Daily News, First Place, Spot News Photo, Daily/Weekend, “Workers”

Scenic Photo

Gabor Degre, Bangor Daily News, First Place, Scenic Photo, Daily/Weekend, “Kayaks”

Sports Photo

Kevin Bennett, Bangor Daily News, Second Place, Sports Photo, Daily/Weekend, “Is it safe?”

Michael C. York, Bangor Daily News, Third Place, Sports Photo, Daily/Weekend, “In-flight double play”

Illustration

Eric Zelz, Bangor Daily News, Third Place, Illustration, Daily/Weekend, “25 things to do this holiday season”

Graphic

Eric Zelz, Bangor Daily News, First Place, Graphic, Daily/Weekend, “A city rebuilds”

Specialty Page Design

Chris Peary, Bangor Daily News, Second Place, Specialty Page Design, Daily/Weekend, “Sax symbol”

Front Page Design

Jim Emple and Eric Zelz, Bangor Daily News, Third Place, Front Page Design, Daily/Weekend, March 24-25, 2011

Editorial Page – Daily

Staff, Bangor Daily News, Third Place, Editorial Page, Daily, May 31, 2011, Oct. 7, 2011, Oct. 14, 2011

Sports Section – Daily

Staff, Bangor Daily News, Second Place, Sports Section, Daily, June 15, 2011, Feb. 2, 2012, Feb. 3, 2012

Sports Section – Weekend

Staff, Bangor Daily News, Third Place, Sports Section, Weekend, Sept. 17-18, 2011, Jan. 14-15, 2012, Jan. 21-22, 2012

Business Section – Daily

Staff, Bangor Daily News, First Place, Business Section, Daily, April 22, 2011, Dec. 1, 2011, Dec. 2, 2011

Business Section – Weekend

Staff, Bangor Daily News, First Place, Business Section, Weekend, June 25-26, 2011, Sept. 17-18, 2011, Feb. 25-26, 2012

Feature Section – Daily

Staff, Bangor Daily News, Third Place, Feature Section, Daily, Nov. 9, 2011, Nov. 10, 2011, Feb. 1, 2012

Feature Section – Weekend

Staff, Bangor Daily News, Third Place, Feature Section, Weekend, Dec. 17-18, 2011, March 3-4, 2012, March 10-11, 2012

Campaign or Series

Shelley Sund, Bangor Daily News, First Place, Campaign or Series, Daily/Weekend, “Quite Appealing” and Appsolutely Appy”

Best Supplement Cover

Chris Quimby, Bangor Daily News, First Place, Best Supplement Cover, Daily/Weekend, “A day of reflection”

Sam Wood Bangor Daily News, Second Place, Best Supplement Cover, Daily/Weekend, “Perspective Living 2012”

John Koladish, Bangor Daily News, Third Place, Best Supplement Cover, Daily/Weekend, “Washington’s Birthday Autorama”

Self-Promotion

Shelley Sund and Elizabeth Hansen, Bangor Daily News, First Place, Self-Promotion, Daily/Weekend, “Marketing platforms”

Shelley Sund and Elizabeth Hansen, Bangor Daily News, Second Place, Self-Promotion, Daily/Weekend, “Make your vote count”

Sponsorship Page

Kathy Keegan, Sam Wood, Bangor Daily News, First Place, “Hermon, Maine.”

Best New Idea

Beth Grant and Shelley Sund, Bangor Daily News, First Place, Best New Idea, Daily/Weekend, “Welcome HOME”

Debra Bell, Beth Grant and Shelley Sund, Bangor Daily News, Third Place, Best New Idea, Daily/Weekend, “Marry ME”

Local Ad

Sam Wood, Bangor Daily News, First Place, Elegance is Beauty

Website

Staff, Bangor Daily News, Second Place, Website, Daily/Weekend, www.bangordailynews.com

Staff Blogger

Jen Lynds, Bangor Daily News, First Place, Staff Blogger, Daily/Weekend, “jewelsfromthecrown”

 

Multimedia Presentation

Staff, Bangor Daily News, Second Place, Multimedia Presentation, Daily/Weekend, “great-fire-of-bangor”

Breaking News

Diana Bowley, Christopher Cousins and Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News, Second Place, Breaking News, Daily/Weekend, Dexter shootings

Continuing Story

Nok-Noi Ricker, Andrew Neff, Staff, Bangor Daily News, Third Place, Rev. Bob Carlson death, sex abuse coverage.

Analysis

Eric Russell, Bangor Daily News, Third Place, Analysis, Daily/Weekend, “Sex offender registry”

Arts/Lifestyle Feature

Bill Trotter, Bangor Daily News, Second Place, Arts/Lifestyle Feature, Daily/Weekend, “52-foot-long puzzle a whale of a challenge”

Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News, Third Place, Arts/Lifestyle Feature, Daily/Weekend, “Crazy for coupons”

Local Columnist

Renee Ordway, Bangor Daily News, First Place, Local Columnist, Daily/Weekend, “My sister, ill with cancer, celebrates life” and “Naturalist died on her own terms”

Critic’s Award

Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News, Second Place, Critic’s Award, Daily/Weekend, “Running to the top”

News/Sports Headline

Khela Kupiec, Bangor Daily News, First Place, News/Sports Headline, Daily/Weekend, “His name is Camden”

Editorial

Tom Groenig, Bangor Daily News, Third Place, Editorial, Daily/Weekend, “No happy landings”

Opinion Columnist

David Farmer, Bangor Daily News, First Place, Opinion Columnist, Daily/Weekend, “Blaming the jobless for unemployment,” and “Holding back the flood”

Editorial Cartoonist

George Danby, Bangor Daily News, First Place, Editorial Cartoonist, Daily/Weekend, “Quimby map”

Environmental Story

Bill Trotter, Bangor Daily News, First Place, Environmental Story, Daily/Weekend, “Seabird population declines as eagles in Maine recover”

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