The Augusta Chronicle was named the state’s best newspaper by the Georgia Press Association on Friday night.
Competing in the state’s largest daily circulation category, The Chronicle won 26 awards, including first place in General Excellence.
The Columbia County News-Times won 15 awards in its weekly newspaper category.
“These awards are confirmation of the talent and commitment of our newsrooms,” said Dana Atkins, the president of The Chronicle. “Being recognized in the General Excellence category further underscores the quality of reporting we are sharing with our readers.”
In addition, the newspaper won first place in eight other categories:
• Special Issues for the annual Masters section
• Editorial Page
• Headline Writing
• Editorial Cartoonist: Rick McKee, who also won second place in the category
• Investigative Reporting: Steve Crawford
• Best Web Photo: Michael Holahan, who also won second-place awards for News Photograph and Best Photo Gallery.
• Sports Section or Pages
• Sports Writing: Scott Michaux, who also won second place in Sports Column writing.
Individual second-place awards went to Kelly Jasper for religion coverage, Bill Kirby in humorous column writing, Tracey McManus for education coverage and Mike Ryan in editorial writing.
The News-Times won first place in General Excellence and Local News Coverage. Other first-place winners were Jenna Martin for education coverage and Jim Blaylock for feature photography.