The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram received 25 awards Friday in the New England Associated Press News Executives Association contest.

The newspapers took first place for the best headline (“Maine warmer for plants, but let’s not go bananas,” by Bob Dixon), for a feature photo (“Crab Faces,” by Tim Greenway), for a portrait or profile (“Night Trooper,” by Gabe Souza), for an individual Twitter (@AveryYaleKamila, Avery Yale Kamila) and for newspaper Twitter (@PressHerald, staff).

The paper also won second place for best overall website.

The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram competes in the AP News Executives Association’s Division I, which includes papers such as the Hartford Courant, the Providence Journal and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Other awards were for second place, beat reporting, to John Richardson for his coverage of health care; and second and third place for best business/consumer news for Tom Bell, “So you want to be a lobsterman,” and Ed Murphy, “Racing toward uncertainty,” respectively.

Richardson also won a third place award for best enterprise reporting for a story headlined, “Prescription painkillers in Maine: A cure with a curse,” and Murphy was awarded second place for continuing coverage for stories on the Portland fireboat accident.


Ann Kim was awarded third place for deadline news coverage for her reporting when a missing woman’s body was found in a pond and Kelley Bouchard took third place for her story, “Choosing when to go: I’ve lived long enough.” Bill Nemitz took third place for a local column for, “Three nurses, one man’s saving grace,” “Could a gun have saved their lives?” and “The smoke has yet to clear.”

Glenn Jordan was awarded second place for deadline sports coverage for “Freeport’s Zolla lives out a dream” and third place in the same category for “Maine’s Samuelson wins her age group.”

Steve Solloway won third place for best sports column and Mike Lowe was awarded third place for sports feature or enterprise for his story, “Played out.”

For photo coverage, Shawn Patrick Ouellette was awarded third place for a feature photo, “Taking a dive” and third place for his photo story, “Bear dens,” and Souza took second place for sports action photo for “Wild throw.”

For best headline, Brian Robataille was second for “Much ado-dle-doo about noisy birds,” and also took third place for best page 1 design for Dec. 9, 2011. Mike Spath was awarded third place for sports page design for “Claws can’t finish comeback.”

Michael Fisher took third place for his informational graphic, “Anatomy of a recall: In search of the contamination.”


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