T-U Wins Variety of Sunshine Awards; Honors Show 'Breadth and Depth' of Paper's Journalism, Editor Says

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Journalists from the Times-Union have won nine Sunshine State Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists' South Florida chapter.

The newspaper was honored Saturday for a variety of work, including investigative, writing, design and online efforts.

"These awards across the categories show the breadth and depth of Times-Union journalism," said Editor Frank Denton. "We hope our readers celebrate with us."

The work of several reporters won a first place in the enterprise business reporting category for a series of stories on Wayne McLeod. The Jacksonville man operated a $34 million Ponzi scheme in which most of his victims were federal government employees. He committed suicide June 22 after officials uncovered the fraud.

The staff's PolitiJax blog on Jacksonville.com was also named the top affiliated blog, and former employee Joe Adams won first place in the editorials category.

Second-place awards went to:

- Kate Howard and former reporter Paul Pinkham for Pipeline of Pain, a series of stories about the growing pill mill problem, in the enterprise news reporting category

- Designer Phil Diokno in the front-page design category for pages including the Haiti disaster and life in Jacksonville's Grand Park neighborhood. …


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