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The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register Capture 19 West Virginia Press Association Awards

CHARLESTON — The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register captured 19 awards over the weekend during the 2022 West Virginia Press Association Better Newspapers Contest.

The event, back in person after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the ceremony to go remote for two years, was held at the Four Points by Sheraton in Charleston.The awards honored news, sports, feature and editorial writing along with advertising work done in 2021. The newspapers compete in Division I with the state’s large dailies.

The newspapers won five first-place awards; six second-place awards; and eight third-place honors.

The newspapers’ staff earned a first-place award for best single issue for the Sept. 12, 2021 edition of the Sunday News-Register. The edition was highlighted by an in-depth look at the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington D.C., from both a national and local perspective.

Reporters chronicled the anniversary events of the weekend, asked Ohio Valley residents about their memories of that day, talked to Ohio and West Virginia politicians in D.C. that morning about their experiences and also had teachers reflect about how they discuss the events with students who were born after the attacks. The edition also included a celebration of the latest Wheeling Hall of Fame class and a look at two Marshall County parents pushing back against the COVID-19 mask mandates of the time.

Staff writer and photographer Scott McCloskey earned first place for best news photography for “A Fresh Coat of Paint,” which depicted the Fort Henry Bridge in the midst of a new paint job. One side was a new shade of blue, while the other showed the old green hue.

The newspapers also picked up three first places among the advertising categories. The annual Progress edition, titled “Reimangining the Region” in 2021, won for best special section. The 2021 football preview won for best special section-sports, and the West Virginia Northern Community College graphic department won for best agency advertisement.

Second-place awards came in the following categories:

– Best editorial, Editor John McCabe, for his entry “Justice For Sale In Pleasants County,” about the “Santa-gate” controversy there;

– Best lifestyle columnist, Heather Ziegler;

– Best front page, News Editor Ian Hicks for the Thursday, Jan. 28 edition of the newspaper;

– Best lifestyle pages, Scott Hanson, for the May 23, 2021, Life section of the Sunday News-Register;

– Best sports special section, for the 2021 Football Preview;

– Best color advertisement, quarter-page or less, for the Howard’s Diamond Center advertiment.

Third-place awards were as follows:

– Best governmental affairs reporting, Eric Ayres, for his stories on Bluefield State College’s ultimately fruitless attempts to establish a campus in Wheeling;

– Best editorial, McCabe, for his entry “Don’t Defund The Public Library,” discussing the Ohio County Board of Education’s decision to cut back its funding of the Ohio County Public Library;

– Best sports event reporting, Cody Tomer, for the story “Father And Son Both Sink Holes In One;”

– Best lifestyle pages, Hanson, for the Jan. 24, 2021, edition of the Sunday News-Register;

– Best agency advertisement, for the WVU Medicine Children’s advertisement;

– Best classified advertisement, for Thomas Auto Center “We’re Hiring” ad;

– Best process color advertisement, larger than a quarter-page, for the “Happy Thanksgiving-The Highlands” ad;

– Best theme page(s), for “Through the Years.”

“We’re very proud of the excellent work our staff members do throughout the year to keep residents of the Ohio Valley informed of the latest happenings and also to help our business partners share their message with the community,” said Perry Nardo, general manager of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. “Honors such as those bestowed at the West Virginia Press Association’s Better Newspapers Contest serve as a strong reminder of the difference we make each day on life in the Upper Ohio Valley.”

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