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.
GEORGIA ASSOCIATED PRESS AWARDS
- Best Online Coverage of a Single News Story: Second place, Corey Perrine and Tracey McManus, “Faith, hope & love” | PDF
- Best Web site: First place, The Augusta Chronicle, augustachronicle.com
- Business: Second place, Carole Hawkins, “Downtown’s direction” (Tipping point; Empty buildings; Database and map)
- Feature Writing: Second place, Scott Michaux, “Burke still has plenty to teach” | PDF; Third place, Tracey McManus, “Faith, hope & love” | PDF
- Freedom of Information: Second place, Tracey McManus and Susan McCord, “Augusta Fire Department (Cleanup business presents conflict | PDF; Battalion chief placed on leave | PDF; Fire chief will step down | PDF; More fire officials quit | PDF; Fire ethics scrutinized; Fire inquiry expands; Acting chief sees issues; Fire policies violated)”
- Photo of the Year: Michael Holahan, “A momma to all” | PDF
- Picture Story: First place, Michael Holahan, “A momma to all” | PDF; Second place, Corey Perrine, “Faith, hope & love” | PDF
- Portfolio: First place, Michael Holahan, "A momma to all," | PDF; "Race teams get down, dirty," | PDF ; "Soldiers arrive home early," | PDF ; "Athletes arrive with energy, drive," | PDF; "Fort Gordon welcomes back troops" | PDF and "Stars cha cha for charity" | PDF
- Photo Illustration: First place, Corey Perrine, “Player of the Week (Abe Cartledge)” | PDF; Second place, Corey Perrine, “Industrial strength” | PDF
- Sports Action Photo: Second place, Michael Holahan, “Race teams get down, dirty” | PDF
- Sports Feature Photo: First place, Michael Holahan, “Athletes arrive with energy, drive” | PDF
- Spot News Photo: Second place, Michael Holahan, “Soldier kills deputy, self” | PDF