14 Associated Press awards for T&G; Website, writing, photos, design cited.


The Telegram & Gazette has won 14 awards, including seven first place awards, in the New England Associated Press News Executives Association contest.

Given annually for writing, photography, design and websites, the awards will be presented Sept. 10 at NEAPNEA's fall conference in Chelmsford.

Telegram.com, the T&G's online site, won two first place awards in the website contest - a first place in news presentation, coordinated by Web editor Mike Elfland, and a first place in special section for the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse fire, a multimedia site launched last year on the 10th anniversary of the fire. The site can be viewed at http://www.telegram.com/section/WAREHOUSEFIRE

Among writing awards, Thomas Caywood took first place in investigative reporting for his story about a former Shrewsbury contractor, "Time Lapse/Did Duggan get a deal?" Mr. Caywood revealed that while sent to jail for a home improvement scam, Joseph T. Duggan III served far less time than he was sentenced to. Dianne Williamson won first place in the local columnist category for work that included her portraits of a beloved priest who took his own life and of the Gengel family of Rutland, who lost their daughter, Britney, to the Haiti earthquake.

Mr. Caywood and Ms. Williamson also won first place in the public service division's right to know category honoring commitment and work that protects and advances public access to the records and processes of government. Mr. Caywood's stories and Ms. Williamson's column focused on a Worcester police officer, known as the subject of multiple internal police misconduct probes, and the newspaper's successful attempts through court intervention to get the records on him and others released.

Also winning first place in writing were Paul Jarvey, Dave Nordman and Jim Wilson in the category of deadline sports coverage for "Baseball pitcher mourned," their story about Westboro athlete and Boston Red Sox minor league player of the year Greg Montalbano's lost battle with cancer.

The newspaper additionally won first place in the non-daily publications division for Hometeam, the T&G's high school sports magazine edited by Mr. Nordman, assistant managing editor for sports/operations, and published five times a year. It is the second consecutive first-place award in this category for Hometeam.

Second place writing awards were won in business/consumer news by Aaron Nicodemus and Jay Whearley for "Pulse rates: Health care costs vary...

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