'The Augusta Chronicle' wins 15 Georgia Associated Press awards

The Augusta Chronicle won 15 Georgia Associated Press awards for 2011, including honors as the state’s top newspaper Web site.


Photographer Michael Holahan won six awards. Among his three first place awards was his picture story “A momma to all,” on Marietta Conner, a neighborhood fixture in Olmstead Homes who doles out love and discipline to the children who live in the public housing complex. He also won photo of the year, the AP announced Saturday.

Former Chronicle photographer Corey Perrine won three awards, including first and second place in photo illustration for images of Thomson senior pitcher/first baseman Abe Cartledge and The Augusta Chronicle’s Dream 16 area football players.

In newswriting, Perrine and staff writer Tracey McManus won second place for best online coverage of a single news story. Their story and photo and video project on Bob and Anita Gordon portrayed the family coping with his degenerative physical condition brought on by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. McManus also won a third place award for feature writing for the story on the Gordons, titled “Faith, hope & love.”

In the same category, sports columnist Scott Michaux won second place for his profile of former Masters Tournament champion Jackie Burke, who is still going strong as a teacher at age 89 despite suffering a stroke six years ago

The Chronicle’s investigation into the problems of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department won second place in Freedom of Information, with lead writers McManus and Susan McCord being honored.