May 16, 2011
The Delaware Gazette took home four awards during the Associated Press Society of Ohio’s annual awards luncheon held in Columbus Sunday.
Two “Best Investigative Reporting” entries from reporter Andrew Tobias — “Commissioner With A Conflict Of Interest?” and “Special Treatment For Officer’s Daughter?”— received first and second place awards respectively.
The judges called Tobias’ reporting on former county commissioner Todd Hanks and his work with a company with ties to a local developer that was in negotiations with Delaware County for financial incentives “diligent, thorough, intrepid reporting that raised serious questions about the ethics of a county commissioner.”
The judges said Tobias’ story about a Delaware police officer who improperly opted to give a fellow officer’s daughter a break after she was in an accident involving alcohol led to “disciplinary action that may never had occurred had the reporting not been done.”
Gazette photography stringer Amy Allan won second place in the “Best Photo Essay” category for her series of photographs depicting Civil War re-enactors in Sunbury.
“For someone who’s never been to a Civil War re-enactment, this photo essay really took me onto the battlefield. Crisp images and great variety, the AP judges said of the entry.
The Gazette design staff received a third place award for “Best Page One Layout.” The judges called the design “clean, not distracting with graphics and boxes that are straightforward and readable.”
The Gazette competes in Division I for newspapers in Ohio. Sixty-eight daily Ohio newspapers submitted 3,087 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2010.