First place: Joe Alberico, Hannibal Courier Post
About this entry: Joe Alberico consistently produces engaging coverage of local athletes and is an expert at profiling his subjects.
The reporter shows an eye for finding a good story and a some nice writing style, such as the lead on the Tyler Elledge story. The feature on the teens who are baseball mascots captured their voices and enthusiasm.
Second place: David Wolcott, Old Colony Memorial
About this entry: David Wolcott’s incredible knowledge about his community shines in his stories and his ability to report on such a vast range of subjects is remarkable.
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Terrific variety of topics shows off how well the reporter knows his community. The youth baseball explanatory story was well-reported and fairly easy to follow, and undoubtedly helped a lot of parents navigate the various options now available to them.
Third place: Randy Dickson, formerly of Crestview News Bulletin
About this entry: “Sports editor Randy Dickson covers the issues the community cares about: like why there aren’t enough ball fields in a city of 23,000 residents; he touches our hearts with features on unsung heroes; and he provides commentary on topical, local sports news.” — Thomas Boni
Strong community-based reporting that touched a variety of topics and illustrated the writer’s ability to change voices effectively. The writer made a strong case in the Houston McTear column and had me searching for any updates on a possible movie.