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Mary Alice Thatch, publisher of the Wilmington Journal

The St. Louis American won the top award for general excellence for the second consecutive year June 27 at the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) Annual Merit Awards ceremony. For the first time, the NNPA also presented excellence awards for two smaller categories. Winning in Category B was the Houston Defender. The Miami Times won in Category C.

“There were many exceptional entries this year,” said Karl B. Rodney, Merit Awards Chairman and publisher of the Carib News. “We congratulate not only the winners, but other papers that exemplify excellence every week.”

Mary Alice Thatch, publisher of the Wilmington Journal, was selected “Publisher of the Year” by her colleagues. Thatch was the driving force behind the NNPA’s successful national campaign win pardons of innocence for the Wilmington Ten. Her paper provided the lead coverage of the issue. The stories were then distributed to member newspapers by the NNPA News Service.

NNPA Legacy Awards were presented to Jesse Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and James Farmer, former vice president of General Motors Acceptance Corp. (GMAC). The NNPA’s Front Page Award was presented to Roland Martin, host of “Washington Watch with Roland Martin” on TV One cable network, and Larry Waters, Senior Director of Community Commerce and Partnerships for MillerCoors.

 Merit Award winners were:

 BEST EDITORIAL

    Skanner

    Philadelphia Tribune

    Afro

 

BEST COLUMN

   St. Louis American

    Los Angeles Sentinel

    Philadelphia Tribune

 

BEST NEWS STORY

    St. Louis American

    Florida Courier

    New York Amsterdam News

 

BEST FEATURE STORY

    Philadelphia Tribune

    Houston Forward Times

    Call & Post

 

BEST LAYOUT & DESIGN (Broadsheet)

   St. Louis American

    Miami Times

    Insight News

 

BEST LAYOUT & DESIGN (Tabloid)

    Houston Defender

    Washington Informer

    Los Angeles Watts Times

 

BEST LIFESTYLE

    Philadelphia Tribune

    Houston Forward Times

    Call & Post

 

BEST YOUTH WRITER (16-23)

    Philadelphia Tribune

    New York Amsterdam News

    Houston Forward Times

 

BEST USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS (Broadsheet)

    St. Louis American

    Houston Defender

    Los Angeles Sentinel

 

BEST USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS (Tabloid)

    Chicago Defender

    Washington Informer

    Los Angeles Watts Times

 

BEST CHURCH PAGE

    Miami Times

    Indianapolis Recorder

    South Florida Times

 

BEST SPORTS SECTION

    Houston Defender

    Daily Challenge

    Los Angeles Sentinel

 

BEST BUSINESS SECTION

   St. Louis American

    Miami Times

    Pittsburgh Courier

 

BEST ENTERTAINMENT SECTION

    St. Louis American

    Los Angeles Sentinel

    Miami Times

 

DIGITAL EXCELLENCE

 

    Pittsburgh Courier

    St. Louis American

    Miami Times

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE

 

    St. Louis American

    Houston Defender

    Miami Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

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