Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Gazette, Daily Mail Win Top Honors in W.Va. Press Contest

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Gazette, Daily Mail Win Top Honors in W.Va. Press Contest

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The former Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail took top honors for their circulation division Saturday night in the West Virginia Press Association competition, winning first and second place General Excellence, respectively. The awards were announced at the annual convention, which was held over the weekend at Embassy Suites in Charleston. The Gazette and Daily Mail, which combined in July to form the Charleston Gazette-Mail, each took eight first place awards.

Daily Mail Editor and Publisher Brad McElhinny won first place Best News Columnist and second place Best Lifestyles Columnist. Gazette reporter Rick Steelhammer won first place Best Lifestyles Columnist.

The Gazette sports staff won first place for Best Sports Pages. The Gazette lifestyles staff won first place Best Lifestyles Pages.

Daily Mail staff won first place for Best Front Page and first place for Best Headline Writing. Staff members Billy Wolfe, Matt Murphy and Ashley B. Craig won first place Service to the Community for their work on the Lindsay's Studio photo project.

The Gazette took home 21 awards and the Daily Mail, 19.

Among the awards were:

For Best Coverage of Breaking News, Daily Mail writer Ashley B. Craig placed first, the Gazette staff placed second.

For Best Legal Affairs Reporting, Gazette writers Kate White and David Gutman placed first. Gazette writers Kate White, Rusty Marks and Rachel Molenda placed third.

David Gutman also won first place for Best News Feature, while Daily Mail writers Joel Ebert and Ashley B. Craig placed second and third, respectively.

Former Daily Mail Life Editor Zack Harold won first place Best Lifestyles Feature, while Gazette reporter Kate White placed second.

Gazette staff member Ken Ward Jr. won first place In-Depth or Investigative Reporting.

Dawn Miller, Gazette editorial page editor, won first place Best Editorial. The Daily Mail editorial staff placed second.

Miller, along with Gazette Editor James Haught, placed second for Best Editorial Page. …

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