Globe staffers win seven top honors at National Headliner Awards – Boston Globe

Boston Globe staff members were recognized with 20 National Headliner Awards last week, winning top marks — including seven first-place awards — in more categories than any other newspaper in the 80th annual contest honoring excellence in journalism.

“We’re deeply gratified not only at the number of commendations, but the broad range — from breaking news reporting to column writing to sports commentary to photography and videography,” said Brian McGrory, editor of the Globe.

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Globe photographer John Tlumacki won “Best in Show” for photography, while Globe videographer Darren Durlach was selected as “Best in Show” in the online category. Durlach won first place, with the Globe staff placing in second, in the online videography division.

Globe columnist Kevin Cullen earned first place for local interest column writing. It was his second time winning first place in this award; his previous win was in 2011, and last year he was given second place.

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“It’s always nice to win awards, but given the subject matter, between the suffering of the victims of the bombings and those whose loved ones were murdered by Whitey Bulger, I would have preferred not to have had to write those columns,” Cullen said. “But it was gratifying to be able to highlight the heroic and superb work of our city’s first responders — the police, firefighters, and EMS paramedics and EMTS, and our incredible medical community, not to mention ordinary people in the crowd like Carlos Arredondo and Rob Wheeler — who saved lives and eased suffering. Those are the kind of people I like to write about, ordinary people who do extraordinary things.”

For the paper’s coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the days after the explosions, the Globe staff won first place with “Terror at the Marathon” in the competition’s largest category for spot news in daily newspapers.

Tlumacki and Globe photographer David Ryan swept the spot news photography in newspapers category for their Marathon coverage, which featured entries from the day of the explosions and throughout the past year as Tlumacki tracked survivors’ recoveries. Tlumacki got first and third place; Ryan took second place.

Tlumacki said he hopes his photos can serve as reminders to the community to keep offering a helping hand to survivors of the bombings. Tlumacki also won first place for his submission to the photography portfolio category, which included photographs from his photo essay “After Marathon attack, Lowell family healing.”

Globe sports photographers and reporters also won awards, with Dan Shaughnessy taking first place for his sports column writing and Bob Hohler second place for sports writing by an individual or team.

Photographers Stan Grossfeld and Matthew J. Lee earned first and second place, respectively, in the newspaper sports photographer category.

Globe reporters Scott Allen, Andrea Estes, and Todd Wallack won third place for education writing by an individual or team for their piece titled “Evan Dobelle: The downfall of a jet-setting university president.”

For news series in daily papers with a circulation over 75,000, the Globe’s Washington Bureau earned third placefor “Broken City: Politics In An Age of Paralysis,” and the Globe’s Spotlight Team won third place for investigative reporting with “Driven to the Edge.”

Other winners included the Globe’s Liz Kowalczyk, who won second place for news beat coverage or continuing story by an individual or team. Eric Moskowitz won second place in feature writing on a variety of subjects by an individual. Neil Swidey took second place for magazine feature writing.


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