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Finalists announced for CT Excellence in Journalism 2019 contest

Below is our list of finalists for the annual Excellence in Journalism contest for content published during the 2019 calendar year. While there will be no annual awards dinner this year, we hope you can join us virtually on May 21 as we announce the winners of this year’s contest on our Facebook page. (Winners will also be posted to our website later that evening).

All Media Special Awards

First Amendment Award

Video not available; Waterbury Republican-American; Jonathan Shugarts

Tara O’Neill arrest/coverage; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill

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Stephen A. Collins Public Service Award

Letters to the editor, politics edition; The Source; Brian Boyd, Grace Jeromski

CTNewsJunkie’s coverage leads to first release of school-level immunization data in CT; CTNewsJunkie; Christine Stuart

At risk: Boys and Girls Clubs and sexual abuse; Connecticut Post; Hannah Dellinger, Viktoria Sundqvist, Meghan Friedmann, Humberto Rocha, Tatiana Flowers, Peter Yankowski, Lisa Yanick Litwiller

Separated by design; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Gail Hardy police shooting investigation; Hartford Courant; Nicholas Rondinone

Hartford Circus Fire 75 years later; Hartford Courant; Staff of the Hartford Courant

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Theodore Driscoll Award for Investigative Reporting

Bridgeport absentee voting rife with irregularities, Hearst CT probe reveals; Connecticut Post; Bill Cummings, Ken Dixon, Meghan Friedmann, Kelly Kultys, Ignacio Laguarda, DJ Simmons

Sick puppies and unacceptable conditions: Documents show troubled history of CT Animal Rescue; NBC 30; Caitlin Burchill, Jon Wardle, Erica Jorgensen

How a charter school principal got away with shoving students; New Haven Independent; Christopher Peak

Lack of oversight, consistent promotions for New London school employees arrested in sexual assault; Hartford Courant; Emily Brindley

Separated by design; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Investigation into allegations of inappropriate touching by a teacher; The Day; Joe Wojtas

Harassed at work; Connecticut Post; Kaitlyn Krasselt, Emilie Munson

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Arts & Entertainment

Hyperlocal

Eagle sculptures appear in meadow; Town Times – Prime Publishers; Gabriel Pietrorazio

Miggs, his muse Mimi and a postage stamp career canceled; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

New poet laureate: Westport has poets, though not celebrated; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Pianist Chiu, library too, celebrated at BOOKED for the evening; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Off-Beat Players go, go, go Joseph; Greenwich Sentinel; Paul Silverfarb

From baked goods to Broadway productions; The Sound; Pem McNerney

Regional A

Connecticut native’s book hits the big screen; Connecticut Post; Amanda Cuda

Photo exhibit aims to draw attention to the ‘(un)Forgotten’; Connecticut Post; Amanda Cuda

Review: ‘Girls’; Hartford Courant; Christopher Arnott

At 17, Sutton Brown Mock already has an impressive track record; Connecticut Post; Jo Kroeker

Portraits from the past; The Day; John Ruddy

Voices of protest at UConn; The Day; John Ruddy

Goodspeed’s Jay Hilton is skilled in the art of sound design; The Day; Kristina Dorsey

Reimagining the Nut Lady and her art; The Day; Lee Howard

 (Not) on a roll; Hartford Courant; Leeanne Griffin

Internet spat blamed for cancellation of Palace gig; Waterbury Republican-American; Martha Shanahan

A year after double lung transplant, Geoff Corkhill and Village Jammers back together; The Day; Rick Koster

Hartford gun-violence doc ‘the Sweetest Land’ to be screened in New Haven; Hartford Courant; Susan Dunne

Regional B

Spirit of Woodstock alive at Shaboo; The Chronicle; Ekaterine Tchelidze

After two decades of financial challenges, The Bushnell eyes a debt-free existence; Hartford Business Journal; Frank Rizzo

Greenwich? Shazam; Stamford Advocate; John Breunig

Avril Lavigne to play Oakdale in Wallingford, Lyme disease fundraiser; Record-Journal; Lauren Takores

Cello and cinema: The two worlds of Westport’s Joel L. Freedman; Fairfield County Business Journal; Phil Hall

Little Theatre’s ‘Normal Heart’  addresses AIDS crisis; Journal Inquirer; Tim Leininger

Regional C (Magazine)

Curating success; Seasons Magazine; Amy J. Barry

Conducting herself with pride; Connecticut Voice; Cara Rosner

All that jazz; Seasons Magazine; Douglas Maine

James Whiteside: This Connecticut native and dancer has all the right moves; Connecticut Voice; Frank Rizzo

Long Wharf’s leap of faith; New Haven Biz; Frank Rizzo

The next act; Seasons Magazine; Frank Rizzo

Upstaged by love; Seasons Magazine; Joel Samberg

Silent comedies with live music at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; Connecticut Magazine; Mike Wollschlager

Portrait of the artist as an unknown man; WAG Magazine; Phil Hall

Regional D (Broadcast)

The piano; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Gregg Monte

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Audio Storytelling

Regional A

The oral history of the 1999 NCAA Championship winning UConn men’s basketball team 20 years later; Hartford Courant; Chris Brodeur

Stricter rules for SNAP would hurt those that need it most; Connecticut Health I-Team; Colleen Shaddox

Woodstock, 50 years on; The Day; Lee Howard

Welcome to Corrupticut; Hartford Courant; Mike Hamad

Regional B

‘Phantom of the Opera’ to haunt the Oakdale in Wallingford; Record-Journal; Lauren Takores

On the record music: An interview with the Spin Doctors; Record-Journal; Lauren Takores

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Breaking News

Hyperlocal

An immigrant evades ICE, after courthouse standoff; New Haven Independent; Eugene Driscoll, Thomas Breen, Christopher Peak

Fire reported at Christ & Holy Trinity Church; WestportNow.com; Gordon Joseloff, Dave Matlow

No more Joey’s By the Shore; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Westport pizzeria closing Jan. 11; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Regional A

Violent rivalry explodes in courthouse melee; Connecticut Post; Daniel Tepfer

Yale, Harvard protest; New Haven Register; Jim Fuller, Dan Haar

Bradley plane crash; Hartford Courant; Nicholas Rondinone

Crack overdoses catch Hartford off guard; Hartford Courant; Rebecca Lurye

Regional B

Car chase ends in fatal shootout; The Chronicle; Claire Galvin

Valerie Reyes murder; Greenwich Time; Hannah Dellinger, Rob Marchant, Humberto J. Rocha

Brunswick coaches, nurses, staff act fast at terrible crash; Greenwich Time; Jo Kroeker

Police: Trail stabbing resulted from teens’ feud; Journal Inquirer; Matthew P. Knox, Anthony Branciforte

EH deadly shooting leaves Skyline Drive residents shaken; Journal Inquirer; Vin Gallo

Regional D (Broadcast)

Man killed when barn collapses; NBC 30; Caitlin Burchill, Kenny Mahoney

Students injured in school bus crash; NBC 30; Caitlin Burchill, Maura Murphy

Homes destroyed in Old Saybrook fire; NBC 30; Nicholas Doscher, Jamie Ratliff

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Business

Hyperlocal

No more Joey’s By the Shore; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Westport pizzeria closing Jan. 11; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

With Sparks Cycleworks, Matt Schell is going places; The Sound; Pam Johnson

Regional A

Trade war with China is hitting Connecticut and tea drinkers are paying more; Hartford Courant; Christopher Keating

Unions inspired by success of Stop & Shop strike; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar

The immigrant heart of a historic McDonald’s union drive; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar

Can Connecticut compete with Boston?; Hartford Courant; Daniela Altimari

Manufacturing pipeline connects seekers, jobs; The Day; Erica Moser

Amazon to bring mostly part-time jobs to Stratford; Connecticut Post; Jordan Grice

U-Haul delivery picks up slack; Connecticut Post; Jordan Grice

Smashed windows a pane for merchants; Connecticut Post; Jordan Grice, Tara O’Neill

Home prices in most Connecticut towns still struggling to recover; Hartford Courant; Kenneth R. Gosselin

‘It’s sad, very, very sad’; Hartford Courant; Kenneth R. Gosselin

Reviving Parkville; Hartford Courant; Kenneth R. Gosselin

Southeastern Connecticut is under the social media influence; The Day; Mary Biekert

Connecticut’s incredibly shrinking workforce; Hartford Courant; Stephen Singer

Stop & Shop’s strategy to compete; Hartford Courant; Stephen Singer

Regional B

Can a $100M redevelopment plan turn Pratt Street into Hartford’s crown ‘jewel’?; Hartford Business Journal; Gregory Seay

Southington bar may end live music after copyright suit; Record-Journal; Jesse Buchanan

A few keys to choosing an accountant; Stamford Advocate; Julie Jason

Clarification coming for brokers, advisers; Stamford Advocate; Julie Jason

Retirement legislation may bring changes; Stamford Advocate; Julie Jason

Boon or burden? What Trump’s investor-enticing tax breaks mean for Norwalk; The Hour; Justin Papp

Obsolescence of Wallingford’s former BMS building reflects shift in big pharma; Record-Journal; Mary Ellen Godin

Businesses struggling in Storrs; The Chronicle; Michelle Firestone

Loxo Oncology’s pioneering drug cures Bridgeport toddler’s cancer; Stamford Advocate; Paul Schott

Is the time right for TikTok marketing?; Fairfield County Business Journal; Phil Hall

Norwalk towing company brings The Barnacle to Connecticut parking enforcement; Fairfield County Business Journal; Phil Hall

Is CBD a ‘wonder drug’ for state’s economy?; Journal Inquirer; Zachary F. Vasile

Regional C (Magazine)

Making it right; Seasons Magazine; Carol Latter

The only constant is change: How to survive in manufacturing; New Haven Biz; Michelle Tuccitto Sullo

Why Quantum Circuits’ Schoelkopf may be the Steve Jobs of the 21st century; New Haven Biz; Michelle Tuccitto Sullo

Regional D (Broadcast)

Privacy for sale: Protecting your personal data online; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Garett Allison, Jon Wardle

Business buzz: Bringing the bees to Subway; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Gregg Monte

Buttons, bombs, branzino: Ideal fish; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Gregg Monte

Carfax caution:  Vehicle history may not tell the whole story; NBC 30; Sandra Jones

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Continuing Coverage

Hyperlocal

Fairfield Board of Finance and the fill pile crisis; Fairfield Patch; Anna Bybee-Schier

Beat coverage of New Haven’s school superintendent; New Haven Independent; Christopher Peak

At P&Z, minor tweaks for summit Saugatuck; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Norwalk works to restart stalled project as lawsuit swirls; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Guenther Chapman

Tensions erupt between Norwalk Board of Education and local NAACP; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Guenther Chapman

Matsu Sushi saga; Westport News; Sophie Vaughan, Lynandro (DJ) Simmons, Liana Teixeira

Regional A

UConn’s athletic department balances deficit with big dreams for the future; Hartford Courant; Alex Putterman, Mike Anthony, Dan Brechlin

2 cops take own lives amid probe; Connecticut Post; Dan Tepfer, Tara O’Neill, Brian Lockhart

When the Hartford Diocese released the names of pedophile priests one stood out – Daniel McSheffery; Hartford Courant; Dave Altimari

Questions raised about forensic scientist Henry Lee; Hartford Courant; Dave Altimari, Edmund H. Mahony, David Owens

New Britain mayor Erin Stewart and social media attack; Hartford Courant; Don Stacom, Rebecca Lurye

PFAS spill in Farmington River; Hartford Courant; Gregory B. Hladky

The May 24, 2019 disappearance of New Canaan mother of five; Hartford Courant; Hartford Courant staff

Wethersfield police shooting; Hartford Courant; Hartford Courant staff

Small solutions to climate change; Connecticut Mirror; Jan Ellen Spiegel

A baby’s birth behind bars prompts suit, promises of reform; Connecticut Mirror; Jenna Carlesso

The vaccination exemption controversy and public data; Connecticut Mirror; Jenna Carlesso

Partnership for Connecticut; Connecticut Mirror; Keith Phaneuf, Kathleen Megan

Bridgeport mayoral primary focus of absentee ballot charges.; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

Dulos coverage; Connecticut Post; Lisa Backus, Pat Tomlinson, Ethan Fry, Jim Shay

Confession; Waterbury Republican-American; Michael Puffer, Brigitte Ruthman, Jonathan Shugarts, Paul Hughes

Gail Hardy police shooting investigation; Hartford Courant; Nicholas Rondinone

Danbury cop who shot 2 in six months, one fatally; News-Times; Rob Ryser, Peter Yankowski

Absentee voting violations rampant; Connecticut Post; Staff

Regional B

Greenwich Parents, administrators at odds over special education; Greenwich Time; Jo Kroeker

 ‘Signgate’ raises questions about Greenwich police captain’s first amendment rights; Greenwich Time; Ken Borsuk

Following the search for Meriden mother Perrie Mason; Record-Journal; Lauren Sellew, Ashley Kus, Matthew Zabierek

Prison health care; Journal Inquirer; Will Healey

Regional D (Broadcast)

‘I did not sign up for violence’: Health care workers targeted by patients; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, David Mulligan, Jon Wardle

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Courts/Crime

Hyperlocal

Illegally secret cop drug policy released; New Haven Independent; Christopher Peak

Judge rules in favor of hash brown defense; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Regional A

Delay dooms murder cases; Connecticut Post; Daniel Tepfer

Decades later, troubling questions remain about two murders convictions and the role of Henry Lee; Hartford Courant; Edmund Mahony

Police are dealing with an epidemic of auto theft in affluent Connecticut suburbs.; Hartford Courant; Edmund Mahony, Dave Altimari

Longtime but embattled New London firefighter set to retire; The Day; Greg Smith

Bullet rips through wall; Waterbury Republican-American; Jonathan Shugarts

Almost empty “monument” to punishment; Connecticut Mirror; Kelan Lyons

Casting a ballot from behind bars: No easy process; Connecticut Mirror; Kelan Lyons

Gail Hardy police shootings investigation; Hartford Courant; Nicholas Rondinone

DNA from beer mug leads to suspect in 40-year-old cold case death of Stonington woman’s sister; The Day; Taylor Hartz

Leah Ulbrich cold case; Hartford Courant; Zach Murdock

Leah Ulbrich cold case: a broken cycle of pain; Hartford Courant; Zach Murdock

Regional B

Kavanaugh defense calls for bail reform; Norwich Bulletin; Chandra Bozelko

The case against Cuba Gooding Jr.; Norwich Bulletin; Chandra Bozelko

Truly progressive prosecution; Norwich Bulletin; Chandra Bozelko

Advocates: Greenwich murder discovery a grim reminder of violent reality for women; Greenwich Time; Hannah Dellinger

Six signs of escalating domestic violence in Dulos marriage; Greenwich Time; Hannah Dellinger

Southington sex trafficking case: ‘It’s happening in this town, you just don’t know it.’; Record-Journal; Jesse Buchanan

Bristol store clerk reflects on armed robbery that left him bloodied, fearful; The Bristol Press; Justin Muszynski

Lawyer, former Bristol councilor Jodi Zils Gagne sentenced to 46 months in prison; The Bristol Press; Justin Muszynski

Dog owners sought ‘intervention’; Journal Inquirer; Matthew P. Knox

Regional C (Magazine)

How Scott Semple helped turn Connecticut’s prisons into a nationally recognized laboratory of reform; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang

Regional D (Broadcast)

Until they all come home: Connecticut’s unsolved missing persons mysteries; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Gregg Monte

Connecticut State Police major crimes van; NBC 30; Jamie Ratliff, Nicholas Doscher

Cow slaughter commotion; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, David Michnowicz

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Data

Regional A

Hoops wins are a draw at UConn; Hartford Courant; Alex Putterman

Examing 27 years of taxes spending; The Day; Erica Moser, Carlos Virgen

Database: Child sexual abuse at the Boys & Girls Clubs; Connecticut Post; Hannah Dellinger, Lisa Yanick Litwiller, Viktoria Sundqvist, Meghan Friedmann, Peter Yankowski, Tatiana Flowers, Humberto J. Rocha

Prescription opioids targeted Connecticut’s most vulnerable citizens; Connecticut Health I-Team; Steve Hamm, Marie K. Shanahan

Pharma cash flows to doctors for consultant work despite scrutiny; Connecticut Health I-Team; Sujata Srinivasan, Marie K. Shanahan

Regional B

CT university endowments riding post-recession growth wave as tuition continues to rise; Hartford Business Journal; Sean Teehan, Matt Pilon

Regional C (Magazine)

How long you live may be affected by your community; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang

Regional D (Broadcast)

Sleepless in Connecticut? How where you live can affect how you sleep; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Jon Wardle

Delayed departures: Flying smarter this holiday season; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Garett Allison

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Diversity Coverage

Hyperlocal

Film will tell James’ and Petry’s family story in their own words; Harbor News; Aviva Luria

Untold black & Latinx history surfaces; New Haven Independent; Christopher Peak

Addressing inclusivity in Westport schools; WestportNow.com; Jarret Liotta

Regional A

Feuds, scandals snag group; Connecticut Post; Brian Lockhart

Moore fights charge she’s not ‘really black’; Connecticut Post; Brian Lockhart

Medicaid expansion helped reduce disparities in cancer care; Connecticut Health I-Team; Cara Rosner

Haitian seeks freedom — with help from community, doctors; The Day; Claire Bessette

Book project bringing diverse literature to Hamden schools; New Haven Register; Clare Dignan

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart and social media attacks; Hartford Courant; Don Stacom

Former state official posts social media attacks on Mayor Erin Stewart; Hartford Courant; Don Stacom, Rebecca Lurye

Most OB-GYN practices fall short in caring for women with disabilities; Connecticut Health I-Team; Elizabeth Heubeck

New lives for residents with developmental disabilities; Hartford Courant; Emily Brindley

Transgender sports debate; Connecticut Mirror; Kathleen Megan

Parents’ erractic work schedules put children at risk; Connecticut Health I-Team; Lisa Backus, Carl Jordan Castro

For LGBTQ community, gay bars are ‘safe place’ to experiment, find oneself; The Day; Mary Biekert

Regional B

Youth homelessness a hidden problem in Fairfield County; The Hour; Justin Papp

 Regional C (Magazine)

Conducting herself with pride; Connecticut Voice; Cara Rosner

It’s not a phase: Bisexual people know exactly who they are; Connecticut Voice; Dawn Ennis

Coming out: Scary, sad, surprising, and joyful tales of that life-changing moment; Connecticut Voice; Jane Latus

Raising the curtain: LGBTQ students find theater a welcoming home; Connecticut Voice; Jane Latus

Life in the fast lane: People of all identities enjoy a game of hard knocks; Connecticut Voice; Jane Latus

Coming to America – Part II; Seasons Magazine; Sarah Wesley Lemire

Game on: Special Olympics celebrates 50th; Seasons Magazine; Teresa Pelham

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Editorial

Regional A

Legislators look to dodge again on tolls; Connecticut Post; Hugh Bailey

The shifting hues of 9/11; Connecticut Post; John Breuning

Bill would allow too much police secrecy; The Day; Paul Choiniere

Connecticut should withdraw from flawed, foolish popular vote compact; The Day; Paul Choiniere

Regional B

State health leader must take stand on measles; News-Times; Jacqueline Smith

New group starts by meeting behind closed doors; Record-Journal; Jeffery Kurz

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Editorial Cartoon

Regional A

State begins taxing plastic bags; The Day; Jacinta Meyers, Paul Choiniere

State increases minimum wage; The Day; Paul Choiniere, Jacinta Meyers

Regional B

Honk if you hate tolls; Record-Journal; Kevin Markowski

Town’s slow online evolution; Record-Journal; Kevin Markowski

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Education

Hyperlocal

One school, one book, one message of inclusion; Harbor News; Aviva Luria

Two segregated schools, two reactions; New Haven Independent; Christopher Peak

At Staples commencement, family and school ties celebrated; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Regional A

Parents concerned Hamden special education system is harming children; New Haven Register; Clare Dignan

A calling with a price: Early childhood educators find low pay for important jobs; Connecticut Post; Linda Conner Lambeck

Regional B

Middletown teacher fosters intellect of 6-year-old ‘mathematical genius’; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day

Garcia is out; The Chronicle; Claire Galvin

Leaked email causes turbulence for Norwalk school board in flux; The Hour; Justin Papp

Amid attempts to expand community-college access, current students struggle to graduate; Hartford Business Journal; Sean Teehan, Matt Pilon

Program helps special education students find work after graduation; Journal Inquirer; Skyler Frazer

Regional C (Magazine)

Kids who sign; Hartford Magazine; Alix Boyle

Work of art; Seasons Magazine; Amy J. Barry

Dream memorial; Today Magazine; Bruce Deckert

Making it right; Seasons Magazine; Carol Latter

Meera Viswanathan: emboldening and inspiring girls at Ethel Walker; Hartford Magazine; David Holahan, Mark Mirko

Major (and minor) ambitions; Seasons Magazine; Joel Samberg

Regional D (Broadcast)

Connecticut school teachers concerned about ‘old, sick buildings’; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Garett Allison

The cost of teaching part 1: Teacher spending and supplies; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Jon Wardle

The cost of teaching part 2: Teacher pay and additional jobs; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Jon Wardle

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Feature Photo

Hyperlocal

Rev up the washing machines; WestportNow.com; Anna-Liisa Nixon

Bubble man; WestportNow.com; Gordon Joseloff

Jack and his jack-o’-lantern await Halloween visitors; WestportNow.com; Gordon Joseloff

To catch a thief or not; WestportNow.com; Helen Klisser During

Here comes lunch; WestportNow.com; J. C. Martin

Grassy Strip concert weathers the storm; The Source; Kelley Fryer

Regional A

Day of the Dead Festival; New Haven Register; Arnold Gold

Love marches on; New Haven Register; Arnold Gold

Naugatuck police promoted; Waterbury Republican-American; Bill Shettle

Row, row, row your boat; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan

Umbrella alley; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan

Work hard, play hard; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan

Derby demolition begins; Connecticut Post; Brian Pounds

Elf off the shelf; Connecticut Post; Brian Pounds

Crab counting; The Day; Dana Jensen

Goat herder; The Day; Dana Jensen

Pumpkin picking; The Day; Dana Jensen

Catch them if you can; Waterbury Republican-American; Jim Shannon

Lance blast; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko

Summertime blues; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko

Victory sign; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko

Neon wonderland; New Haven Register; Peter Hvizdak

Arts critic; The Day; Sarah Gordon

Jellyfish costume; The Day; Sarah Gordon

Purim play; The Day; Sarah Gordon

Ballet boys; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

Confidence course; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

Eid prayers; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

Regional B

Fall foliage selfie; Record-Journal; Aaron Flaum

Judge in the boxing ring; Stamford Advocate; Christian Abraham

Moon over eagle on landing anniversary; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac

Powderpuff cheerleader goes airborn; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac

Valentine’s Day anniversary; News-Times; H John Voorhees III

Sunflower girl; Journal Inquirer; Jim Michaud

Look up, but don’t look down; The Chronicle; Roxanne Pandolfi

Puppy kisses; The Chronicle; Roxanne Pandolfi

Greenwich preschoolers step up to celebrate accomplishments; Greenwich Time; Tyler Sizemore

Regional C (Magazine)

Special-effects wiz; Connecticut Magazine; Peter Hvizdak

Flamig Farm; Today Magazine; Seshu Badrinath

WWII vet John Benjamin; Today Magazine; Seshu Badrinath

In the setting of her thriller; Wilton Magazine; Stan Godlewski

Wisdom in the window; Seasons Magazine; Stan Godlewski

All aflutter; Today Magazine; Wendy Rosenberg

Chef Denise Appel; Seasons Magazine; Winter Caplanson

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Feature Story

Hyperlocal

Students aim for 2-language seal; New Haven Independent; Christopher Peak

The Justin B. Weaver Scholarship Fund: Area student receives scholarship; Town Times – Prime Publishers; Gabriel Pietrorazio

Young volunteer restores cemetery; Town Times – Prime Publishers; Gabriel Pietrorazio

Residents Recall the Flood 1955; Town Times – Prime Publishers; Gabriel Pietrorazio

Eighth annual Maker Faire: Innovation with an eco twist; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Nick Zeoli: Love of town(s) and country; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Back to the future; The Source; Maria Caulfield

Tenants line up for The SoNo Collection, except on third floor; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Guenther Chapman

The secret to Arnold’s success; Guilford Courier; Pem McNerney

Regional A

Far from the headaches of governing; Hartford Courant; Chris Keating

‘All I have is a freaking handprint’; Hartford Courant; Christine Dempsey

Maimed by homemade fireworks; Hartford Courant; Christine Dempsey

Cesar Pelli’s death; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar

Fausto Canales, immigrant janitor under siege by Trump; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar

NY toll; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar

‘Absolutely transformed ‘; Hartford Courant; Daniela Altimari

As Connecticut considers adding electronic tolls, talk radio fuels the debate; Hartford Courant; Daniela Altimari

Brigid Curtin; Hartford Courant; Emily Brindley

Coyote attacks; Hartford Courant; Emily Brindley

Joe Heller and his off-color obituary; Hartford Courant; Jesse Leavenworth

Kids return to trenches where Connecticut soldiers fought a century ago; Hartford Courant; Jesse Leavenworth

A magnificent ruin; The Day; John Ruddy

Baby turtles crash local beach wedding; Connecticut Post; Jordan Fenster

Giant orange traffic cone shares heartbreaking story; Connecticut Post; Jordan Fenster

Lamont’s 2nd home far off the beaten path; Connecticut Post; Kaitlyn Krasselt

Election of first openly gay Kid Governor; Connecticut Mirror; Kathleen Megan

Running into an unclear future; Hartford Courant; Lori Riley

Ella Grasso turns 100; Connecticut Mirror; Mark Pazniokas

Susan Bysiewicz and the never-ending campaign; Connecticut Mirror; Mark Pazniokas

East Haven’s Tolli’s Apizza poised to expand — to South Carolina; New Haven Register; Mark Zaretsky

Fireflies, miracle beacons of summer, may be in decline; New Haven Register; Mark Zaretsky

Steve Rodgers re-emerges with a fine new acoustic album — and a Mighty Purple reunion; New Haven Register; Mark Zaretsky

Door to healing: 3 years after death, Maddie’s family gets a sign; The Day; Mary Biekert

The flu pandemic; Waterbury Republican-American; Michael DeGirolamo Jr.

Regional B

Meriden diner’s rebirth stirs memories, hopes for future as The Landmark; Record-Journal; Bailey Wright

Thursday night thunder car cruise brings community together; Neighbors Paper; Corey Sipe

‘Your loss is my gain’; Journal Inquirer; Joe Chaisson

Podcast hosts celebrate business, community in Cheshire; Record-Journal; Michael Gagne

‘Somebody’s loving turtles’; The Chronicle; Michelle Firestone

Stanley Cardona: From homeless teen to youth of the year; The Bristol Press; Susan Corica

Grandparents raising grandchildren face financial hardship; The Hour; Tatiana Flowers

Regional C (Magazine)

Heart of the matter: Wallingford nonprofit delivers lifesaving technology; Seasons Magazine; Amy J. Barry

D-Day redux; Today Magazine; Bruce Deckert

A vision for the future; Seasons Magazine; Carol Latter

Firehouse dinner; Hartford Magazine; Catherine Blinder

Rural bliss; Hartford Magazine; Christopher Arnott

Writing his next act; Connecticut Voice; Frank Rizzo

The longest short drive; Connecticut Voice; Jane Latus

Forces of nature; Seasons Magazine; Joel Samberg

Where community percolates: Freshly roasted, with face-to-face time; Hartford Magazine; Leonard Felson

Willie Nelson: On the sidewalk, belting out songs on the trumpet; Hartford Magazine; Leonard Felson. Michael McAndrews

30 women of distinction; Hartford Magazine; Nancy Schoeffler

Sail on; WAG Magazine; Phil Hall

Stone and story – reinventing a 1765 farm; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper

Final destination; Seasons Magazine; Stan Godlewski

People across Connecticut are creating a pollinator pathway for bees and butterflies; Connecticut Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger

Regional D (Broadcast)

Take a tour of some of Connecticut’s tiny homes; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Garett Allison

Apex predator: Connecticut’s bobcat boom; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Gregg Monte

The piano; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Gregg Monte

Firefighter baby boom; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Maura Murphy

Bird strikes; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Garett Allison, David Michnowicz

WWII soldier’s remains returned home; NBC 30; Nicholas Doscher, Jamie Ratliff

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General Column

Hyperlocal

Oy to the world; The Source; Lisa Nee

Musings from Mara December; Glastonbury LIFE; Mara Dresner

Regional A

Prison inmates shouldn’t have to pay for phone calls; Hartford Courant; Chandra Bozelko

Prosecutor transparency bill doesn’t go far enough; New Haven Register; Chandra Bozelko

Dan Haar: The immigrant heart of a historic McDonald’s union drive; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar

Tea tariffs, with Cindi Bigelow outraged, invoking the Boston Tea Party; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar

What’s missing in climate war, personal sacrifice; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar

Lamont should demand resignations at scandal-ridden port authority; The Day; David Collins

Only you can prevent global warming; Connecticut Mirror; David Holahan

The company our president keeps; Connecticut Mirror; David Holahan

What do rich people want besides more money?; Connecticut Mirror; David Holahan

Being an honest reporter; Connecticut Post; Hannah Dellinger

Investigating Boys & Girls Clubs and sex abuse brings reporter full circle; Connecticut Post; Hannah Dellinger

Linda McMahon performs daring Cabinet escape; Connecticut Post; Hugh Bailey

Confidential proposal aims to sell lamont’s toll plan to legislators, citizens; Hartford Courant; Jon Lender

‘Circus of con artists’ in Hartford; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

Inner city kids’ club needs help; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

The subtext of lawyers, guns and money; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

Making gefilte fish: A connection to generations past; New Haven Register; Mark Zaretsky

New Haven’s George Baker joins the other musical legends in Heaven; New Haven Register; Mark Zaretsky

Sandy Hook and the humans who write the headlines; Connecticut Post; Matt DeRienzo

For Hy’s 85 years, the laughter never stopped; New Haven Register; Randall Beach

Regional B

Cancel not, lest ye be canceled; Norwich Bulletin; Chandra Bozelko

Good on Goodell for Pro Bowl decision; Norwich Bulletin; Chandra Bozelko

Journalism and prisons don’t mix — but they should; Norwich Bulletin; Chandra Bozelko

Back in the day; Greenwich Time; David Rafferty

Is Greenwich shrinking?; Greenwich Time; David Rafferty

Tolls are the ultimate expression of pay as you go; Greenwich Time; David Rafferty

9/11 is never over; Stamford Advocate; Deborah DiSesa Hirsch

Bracing for moving day; Stamford Advocate; Deborah DiSesa Hirsch

Time delivers proof of motherhood; Stamford Advocate; Deborah DiSesa Hirsch

A blueprint to lowering Hartford’s property-tax rate.; Hartford Business Journal; Greg Bordonaro

Declaring war on nip bottles; Record-Journal; Jeffery Kurz

Meriden’s East Cemetery gets the respect it deserves; Record-Journal; Jeffery Kurz

Shielding police department’s honor; Stamford Advocate; John Breunig

What we still refuse to see; Stamford Advocate; John Breunig

Regional C (Magazine)

Heart families: Choosing your family is an emotional and rewarding adventure; Connecticut Voice; Kevin Lembo

As the crows fly; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper

Slow shopping; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper

Take home poems; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper

**

Government

Hyperlocal

RTM ‘at a standstill’ on Fairfield fill pile fix; Fairfield Patch; Anna Bybee-Schier

Suburbs profit off New Haven’s magnets; New Haven Independent; Christopher Peak

Clinton clamps down on press access; Harbor News; Eric O’Connell

RTM bans plastic cups, straws, stirrers, and styrofoam; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

RTM votes down recreational marijuana ban; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Norwalk DPW repairs surprise dam; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Guenther Chapman

Norwalk plans nationwide search for tax assessors as ‘uncertain’ appeal processes wear on; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Guenther Chapman

Soon-to-be-revealed $80M ‘POKO’ plan detailed in sneak peak; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Guenther Chapman

Regional A

Dan Haar: CT politicos sit out impeachment history; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar

Pot for Dan, gold for Josh; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar

Tolls standoff, a play in one act; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar

‘Absolutely transformed’; Hartford Courant; Daniela Altimari

In Connecticut’s Trump country, a divide over impeachment; Hartford Courant; Daniela Altimari, Eliza Fawcett, Christopher Keating

CT congressional candidate in Trump’s inner circle – or is he?; Connecticut Post; Emilie Munson

What’s with the blank “ATTRACTIONS” signs on I-95?; The Day; Erica Moser

Not yet back to normal; The Day; Julia Bergman

Lamont hires cousin’s son for $52,000 job; Connecticut Post; Kaitlyn Krasselt

Debate surrounds exemption law; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

Medical pot draws more investment; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

New laws aimed at transparency; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

A profile of Connecticut’s lieutenant governor; Connecticut Mirror; Mark Pazniokas

This Kennedy embraces science on environment, not vaccines; Connecticut Mirror; Mark Pazniokas

Getting beyond the ugly; Waterbury Republican-American; Michael Puffer

Broken roads; Waterbury Republican-American; Paul Hughes

Regional B

Supporters and opponents discuss newly reopened I-95 North Westbrook Welcome Center; Connecticut Times; Corey Sipe

Concrete hurts grand lists; Journal Inquirer; Eric Bedner

Norwalk officials grapple with social media’s changing legal landscape; The Hour; Justin Papp

Town of Wallingford did not sell Pierce plant despite candidate’s claim; Record-Journal; Lauren Takores

CT’s biggest corporate incentive you’ve never heard of; Hartford Business Journal; Matt Pilon

Decades later, Meriden taxpayers strapped by ‘old sins’; Record-Journal; Matthew Zabierek

Moving ahead: Officials defend actions after Kennedy departure; The Chronicle; Michelle Firestone

Regional D (Broadcast)

Dispatch delays; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Garett Allison

Saving millions with regional radios; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Jon Wardle

**

Headline

Hyperlocal

Days of wine at Roses; The Sound; Pam Johnson

Regional A

Headlines; The Day; Joe Turco

Ruddy headlines; The Day; John Ruddy

Law and disorder/Elf off the shelf/Love wins; Connecticut Post; Susan Nusbaum

Regional C (Magazine)

Upstaged by love; Funny bones; Major (and minor) ambitions; Seasons Magazine; Carol Latter

Progressions to the bean; The sounds of silence; Cheese greater; Connecticut Magazine; Mike Wollschlager

**

Health

Hyperlocal

Bob LeRose on the blues and healing; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

GHS students say it’s time to talk about menstruation; Guilford Courier; Jesse Williams

Regional A

Is it the flu or a vaping-related illness? How to tell the difference; Connecticut Post; Amanda Cuda

48% Of nursing homes rated above average for staffing, under new CMS rankings; Connecticut Health I-Team; Cara Rosner

Desensitization gives some children with food allergies a viable treatment option; Connecticut Health I-Team; Cara Rosner

Ordeal for retired Bristol firefighter; Hartford Courant; Don Stacom

Yale hospital team saves baby’s life with rare heart surgery; New Haven Register; Ed Stannard

Medical miracle; The Day; Karen Florin

Son of murder victim seeks stability, freedom from state ‘system’; The Day; Karen Florin

Elder abuse investigations more than doubled in seven years; Connecticut Health I-Team; Kate Farrish, Carl Jordan Castro

Filling the primary care gap: Nurse practitioners; Connecticut Health I-Team; Steve Hamm

Hartford woman wouldn’t wait to confront suspected breast cancer head-on; Hartford Courant; Theresa Sullivan Barger

When cancer diagnosis causes spouse to retreat, seek support elsewhere, experts say; Hartford Courant; Theresa Sullivan Barger

Regional B

With their costs under fire, long-term care hospitals push back, pivot; Hartford Business Journal; Matt Pilon

Greenwich residents on Medicare, Medicaid struggle to find health care specialists; The Hour; Tatiana Flowers

Regional C (Magazine)

Healing horses; Seasons Magazine; Alix Boyle

Sports injuries: who plays, who’s out; Hartford Magazine; Mary Anne Chute Lynch

On the wings of love: Rothberg’s revolutionary ultrasound device meets the marketplace; New Haven Biz; Michael C. Bingham

Drugged out; New Haven Biz; Natalie Missakian

Leading scientists and biotech industry leaders are on a personal mission to combat deadly diseases; New Haven Biz; Natalie Missakian

Soul fitness; Seasons Magazine; Sarah Wesley Lemire

New Year’s fitness resolutions: Start small; Connecticut Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger

Regional D (Broadcast)

Could your teen have a secret stash of drugs in their bedroom?; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Garett Allison

Is pet health insurance worth the cost?; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Jon Wardle

Heart of a champion: Milford Olympian ‘defying’ Alzheimer’s; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Gregg Monte

Preventable tragedies: Dozens of Connecticut babies lost each year to unsafe sleep; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Gregg Monte

Limited access to restaurant inspections; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Matthew Glasser, Garett Allison, Jon Wardle

Vaping epidemic: Who’s to blame?; NBC 30; Sandra Jones

**

Humorous Column

Hyperlocal

Musings from Mara May; Glastonbury LIFE; Mara Dresner

Regional A

A club you can only be born into; Connecticut Post; Hugh Bailey

Blame the drivers, not the roads; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

Gray Bridgeport and bright Oz; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

Inhaling spring across state lines; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

Rick’s list — RIP Harold Bloom edition; The Day; Rick Koster

Regional B

Whatz yn a nayme?; Greenwich Time; David Rafferty

A post mortem for Latin; Record-Journal; Glenn Richter

Google it or use the dictionary?; Record-Journal; Glenn Richter

How much time do you have left?; Record-Journal; Glenn Richter

OMG am I missing the (exclamation) point; Record-Journal; Jeffery Kurz

How to bathe a baby, and yourself; Stamford Advocate; Jerry Zezima

Something fishy at our house; Stamford Advocate; Jerry Zezima

The moving company declares Chapter 60; Stamford Advocate; Jerry Zezima

New Santa Claus is coming to town; Stamford Advocate; John Breunig

When the kid met the Kidz; Stamford Advocate; John Breunig

Going green: Is it possible to go too far; The Chronicle; Traci Hastings

Regional C (Magazine)

Making good; Stamford Magazine; Beth Levine

The old barn: Metaphor in plain sight; Hartford Magazine; David Holahan

A Clinton quiz; Hartford Magazine; Frank Rizzo

Funny bones; Seasons Magazine; Matthew Dicks, Sean Wang

Simply pleasures; Seasons Magazine; Matthew Dicks, Sean Wang

The worst of times; Seasons Magazine; Matthew Dicks, Sean Wang

**

In-Depth

Hyperlocal

Inspector tried to charge Bartlett a decade ago, report says; Fairfield Patch; Anna Bybee-Schier

City weighs school change 3.0; New Haven Independent; Christopher Peak

A day in the life with Marine Officer Brendan Fearon; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

‘Helping Haitians heal Haitians’; Glastonbury LIFE; Mara Dresner

Sweitzer explains Enterprise Zone tax abatements; not a tax ‘credit’; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Guenther Chapman

Saving lives—Just another day at the beach for Hammo lifeguards; The Source; Pem McNerney

Regional A

Empty promises and empty seats; Hartford Courant; Alex Putterman

Missing money, lax oversight in Bridgeport scrap-for-cash scandal; Connecticut Post; Bill Cummings

Connecticut has 6 of the 100 worst traffic bottlenecks in the country; Hartford Courant; Christopher Keating

CT bill would help towns buy their streetlight; New Haven Register; Clare Dignan

CT congressional candidate in Trump’s inner circle – or is he?; Connecticut Post; Emilie Munson

Invisible walls; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Advocates of legal pot regroup as black market thrives; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

As coastal waters rise CT plots climate-change strategy; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

Vanishing profit lays waste to state’s recycling system; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

Everything you need to know about tolls; The Day; Lindsay Boyle

Time is key to stroke treatment but gaps exist in Connecticut; Connecticut Health I-Team; Lisa Backus

Prescription opioids targeted Connecticut’s most vulnerable citizens; Connecticut Health I-Team; Steve Hamm, Marie K. Shanahan

Pharma cash flows to doctors for consultant work despite scrutiny; Connecticut Health I-Team; Sujata Srinivasan, Marie K. Shanahan

Regional B

Grateful for smelly water; Journal Inquirer; Alex Wood

Trying to avoid CT taxes by becoming a part-time resident? It’s harder than you think.; Hartford Business Journal; Greg Bordonaro

Kent murder suspect highlights gaps in mental health system; News-Times; Julia Perkins

Public housing: Once desired, now a decades-long decline in CT; The Hour; Justin Papp

Podcast renews interest in Wallingford missing child cold case; Record-Journal; Lauren Takores

Mission to monitor geese takes flight; The Chronicle; Lisa Massicotte

Documents reveal fired Meriden police captain secretly recorded meetings; Record-Journal; Matthew Zabierek

Family evacuated from Puerto Rico sues over SWAT raid of their Meriden apartment; Record-Journal; Matthew Zabierek

Danbury Hospital tops in state for suing patients on unpaid bills; News-Times; Rob Ryser

Newtown’s armed school guards a model for Connecticut; News-Times; Rob Ryser

Regional C (Magazine)

Attacking alcoholism; Today Magazine; Bruce Deckert

Sea change: As climate warms, insurance rates are rising fast; Hartford Magazine; David Holahan

Accident or arson? The Hartford Circus fire 75 years later; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang

Horsing around; Seasons Magazine; John Torsiello

Regional D (Broadcast)

Bus drivers reveal ‘wild’ side of public transit in CT; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, David Michnowicz

Mother’s dying wish for ‘green’ burial hits red tape; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Jon Wardle

Apex predator: Connecticut’s bobcat boom; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Gregg Monte

Preventable tragedies: Dozens of Connecticut babies lost each year to unsafe sleep; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Gregg Monte

Well water woes; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, David Michnowicz, Katherine Loy

Police PTSD; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Jon Wardle

E-Scooters to the ER?  Riders and accidents are on the rise.; NBC 30; Sandra Jones

**

Infographic Design

Regional A

Interactive quiz of questions about the Clintons history; Hartford Courant; Chris Moore

Regional C (Magazine)

Purdue Pharma and OxyContin: A timeline; Connecticut Magazine; Greg Moody

**

Infographic Reporting

Regional A

Hartford Circus Fire 75 years later; Hartford Courant; Hartford Courant staff

Jennifer Dulos disappearance; Hartford Courant; Tim Reck, Dave Altimari

A look at Hartford’s completed and ongoing developments; Hartford Courant; Tim Reck, Kenneth G. Gosselin

**

Investigative

Hyperlocal

Fairfield official took pavers planned for Julian sale: Legal doc; Fairfield Patch; Anna Bybee-Schier

Video captures principal shoving student; New Haven Independent; Christopher Peak

Parent: Complaint to state led to KHS leaves of absences; WestportNow.com; Gordon Joseloff

Barbis accused of owing $1 million in outstanding personal income taxes; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Guenther Chapman

Reviewing new facility options while fixing issues at aging North Branford High School; The Sound; Pam Johnson

Regional A

No-bid city purchases raise fears of abuse; Connecticut Post; Bill Cummings, Brian Lockhart

Absentee voting violations rampant; Connecticut Post; Bill Cummings, Ken Dixon, Meghan Friedmann, Ignacio Lagarda, DJ Simmons

Lack of oversight, consistent promotions for New London school employees arrested in sexual assault; Hartford Courant; Emily Brindley

At risk: Boys and Girls Clubs and sexual abuse; Connecticut Post; Hannah Dellinger, Viktoria Sundqvist, Humberto Rocha, Meghan Friedmann, Tatiana Flowers, Peter Yankowski, Lisa Yanick Litwiller

Invisible walls; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Investigation into allegations of inappropriate touching by a teacher; The Day; Joe Wojtas

Hospital facing scrutiny; Waterbury Republican-American; Jonathan Shugarts, Harrison Connery

Lamont hires cousin’s son for $52,000 job; Connecticut Post; Kaitlyn Krasselt

Elder abuse investigations more than doubled in seven years; Connecticut Health I-Team; Kate Farrish, Carl Jordan Castro

Town: Cops faked policy; Waterbury Republican-American; Kaylee Pugliese

Large pensions spark debate; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

Regional B

Campaign donors have ties to Southington developer; Record-Journal; Jesse Buchanan

CT bullying law flawed, review of records shows; Greenwich Time; Jo Kroeker

Soldier schools get shaft?; The Chronicle; Lisa Massicotte

UConn Health research shows tens of thousands of CT residents faced medical-debt lawsuits; Hartford Business Journal; Matt Pilon

Cheshire fish kill; Record-Journal; Michael Gagne

Regional D (Broadcast)

Officers at Scene of State Trooper Crash Raised Concerns of Drunk Driving; NBC 30; Caitlin Burchill

Sick puppies and unacceptable conditions: Documents show troubled history of CT Animal Rescue; NBC 30; Caitlin Burchill, Jon Wardle, Erica Jorgensen

Drive only license fraud; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Jon Wardle

Whiting whistleblower; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Jon Wardle

**

Leisure

Hyperlocal

Keeping bees safe: Gentile shares pollinator-friendly tips; The Sound; Pam Johnson

Regional A

Holidays; Keep the liquids local; Nearby wineries, breweries and distilleries make holiday bright; Connecticut Post; Amanda Cuda

Pumpkin diaries; The Day; Erica Moser

Winery kicks off Passport Program; Connecticut Post; Michael P. Mayko

There’s value in the past; The Day; Phil Hall

Regional B

Tabletop gaming opportunities at The Dragon’s Lair in Wallingford; Record-Journal; Ashley Kus

Southington restaurant Nataz puts emphasis on quality, adventure; Record-Journal; Bailey Wright

New eateries bring young vibe to downtown; Greenwich Time; Jo Kroeker

Going for a few hours or a weekend, MGM Springfield has it covered; Journal Inquirer; Tim Leininger

Regional C (Magazine)

Brunch basics; Seasons Magazine; Amy S. White

Spice up your summer; Seasons Magazine; Amy S. White

Visiting Corsica: Up and down and around the mountainous Mediterranean idyll; Hartford Magazine; David Holahan, Kyn Tolson

So pretty…but never again in their gardens; Hartford Magazine; Deborah Hornblow

A chef who makes kindness a key ingredient; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang

A taste of paradise; Seasons Magazine; Frank Rizzo

I’ll take Sweden: A midsummer dream in Stockholm; Hartford Magazine; Frank Rizzo

A place for all; Connecticut Voice; Frank Rizzo

Bloomin’ wonderful; Seasons Magazine; Lori Miller Kase

In the courtroom and concert hall, Marjorie Shansky’s double life of (not) leisure; New Haven Biz; Michael C. Bingham

Tourism in CT: ‘We need to get in the game’; New Haven Biz; Michelle Tuccitto Sullo

Milford’s many charms make it more than just a beach town; Connecticut Magazine; Mike Wollschlager

The Recycle House; Hartford Magazine; Nancy Schoeffler

Stamp collecting is not licked yet; WAG Magazine; Phil Hall

Blind Pig Pizza; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper

Chandler Steakhouse; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper

Crave Restaurant; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper

People across Connecticut are creating a pollinator pathway for bees and butterflies; Connecticut Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger

**

Local Reporting

Hyperlocal

Magnet lottery rigged for suburbanites; New Haven Independent; Christopher Peak

Black bear sightings on the rise; Town Times – Prime Publishers; Gabriel Pietrorazio

Library grand reopening draws Lamont, large crowds; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Centuries-old mystery solved by Westport Historical Society; Westport News; Liana Teixeira

Branford bans plastic bags at retail checkout; The Sound; Pam Johnson

A little bit of mercy – A Darien family’s loss to addiction; Darien Times; Susan Shultz

Regional A

Missing money, lax oversight in Bridgeport scrap-for-cash scandal; Connecticut Post; Bill Cummings

CT’s lagging population growth a ‘ticking time bomb’ for congressional seat; New Haven Register; Brian Zahn

Sackler family opioid fortune backed CT charter schools; New Haven Register; Brian Zahn

Critics worry New Haven schools sacrifice counselors for security guards.; New Haven Register; Brian Zahn

Congdon reflects on 24 years at Preston’s helm; The Day; Claire Bessette

Working Families Party just Democrats thwarting true minority representation, some say; New Haven Register; Clare Dignan

Zoning official: Temporary road built at Quinnipiac president’s home without permits; New Haven Register; Clare Dignan

Former Hartford Mayor Carrie Saxon Perry’s death a year ago is cloaked in mystery; Hartford Courant; Dave Altimari, Rebecca Lurye

Beehive bridge in New Britain; Hartford Courant; Don Stacom

New Haven rabbi’s power was absolute until student abuse claims arose; New Haven Register; Ed Stannard

Q bridge in New Haven rated ‘fair’ after two years, with many small cracks; New Haven Register; Ed Stannard

Water seeps from New Haven power plant site into polluted Mill River; New Haven Register; Ed Stannard

Abuse of power; Hartford Courant; Emily Brindley

Foul, then foreclosure: Benham Road tenants left in the lurch; The Day; Erica Moser

Plagued by crime; Waterbury Republican-American; Harrison Connery

Crumbling foundations; Hartford Courant; Kathleen McWilliams

Middletown’s young mayor candidate; Hartford Courant; Kathleen McWilliams

Boys and Girls Clubs’ officials fought to kill CT oversight bill; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

Groton City looks to revitalize ‘cute little’ Thames Street; The Day; Kimberly Drelich

Branford’s Stony Creek granite chosen for new Statue of Liberty Museum; New Haven Register; Mark Zaretsky

Good music and gratitude shine bright for ailing guitar icon George Baker; New Haven Register; Mark Zaretsky

Viral racist incident in East Haven should not reflect on town, residents say; New Haven Register; Mark Zaretsky

Brigid Curtin obituary; Hartford Courant; Mikaela Porter

Panhandlers talk about what they do, while New Haven seeks ways to help them; New Haven Register; William Lambert

Regional B

First responders reflect one year after North Haven explosion injured SWAT members; Record-Journal; Bailey Wright

Plymouth girl to star in Nickelodeon movie; The Bristol Press; Brian M. Johnson

Possible archeological site could block work at Nutmeg Spice; The Bristol Press; Brian M. Johnson

The city’s Pride Festival was a momentous occasion for city native Christopher Barone; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day

Volunteers helping to restore Haddam’s shad shack, relic of town’s fishing past; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day

College kids also need help; The Chronicle; Claire Galvin

Camillo’s record reflects his values; Greenwich Time; David Rafferty

Harbor moorings; Greenwich Time; David Rafferty

Opportunity blocks; Greenwich Time; David Rafferty

After being shot in 2015, Torrington man looks ahead to fulfilling life; Register Citizen; Emily Olson

Torrington firefighters hold 9/11 ceremony with field of flags, North Tower beam; Register Citizen; Emily Olson

Hartford’s exorbitant commercial property tax curbs economic growth; Hartford Business Journal; Greg Bordonaro, Matt Pilon

 ‘They’re wrong’: Embattled Norwalk school board member tries to clear name; The Hour; Justin Papp

Nature lovers get case of bobcat bliss; The Chronicle; Lisa Massicotte

‘One giant leap for mankind’; The Chronicle; Michelle Firestone, Claire Galvin, Lisa Massicotte

Parents heavy with concern over lead; Journal Inquirer; Michelle France

The surprisingly controversial history of appointing acting mayors; The Bristol Press; Susan Corica

Greenwich’s Hoarding Task Force is busier than you might think; Greenwich Time; Tatiana Flowers

Norwalk homeless shelter under state investigation; The Hour; Tatiana Flowers

Regional C  (Magazine)

Beating the heat; Today Magazine; Bruce Deckert

Regional D (Broadcast)

How do you pronounce Norfolk?; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Gregg Monte

Foreclosed dreams; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Dave Mulligan

**

News Photo

Hyperlocal

Attempting to save a seal at Compo; WestportNow.com; Gordon Joseloff

Fiery Merritt Crash injures four; WestportNow.com; Gordon Joseloff

Trying to figure out how to get through; WestportNow.com; Helen Klisser During

Angry Norwalk argues case with Norwalk Police officer; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Guenther Chapman

Barbis sworn in, under protest; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Guenther Chapman

Rilling celebrates fourth electoral victory; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Guenther Chapman

View from above: Westport stands in solidarity with Christchurch; WestportNow.com; Ryan Felner

**

News Photo

Regional A

Grandparent raising grandchildren; Connecticut Post; Brian Pounds

Man dies after wires, tree fall on vehicle on Fairfield-Bridgeport line; Connecticut Post; Christian Abraham

Body search; The Day; Dana Jensen

Candlelight vigil; The Day; Dana Jensen

Sailors on parade; The Day; Dana Jensen

Mayor’s daughter groomed for administering his oath of office; Waterbury Republican-American; Jim Shannon

Climate strike; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko

Hussle and smoke; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko

Inaugural hair day; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko

Graduation goodbye; The Day; Sarah Gordon

Mad dash; The Day; Sarah Gordon

Quilt of Valor; The Day; Sarah Gordon

First assignments; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

First kiss; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

Horse rescue; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

Regional B

Dickinson wins 19th term as Wallingford mayor; Record-Journal; Aaron Flaum

Elvis makes appearance at former city councilor’s funeral; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac

Surprise education grant; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac

Test train crossing horn irks neighbors; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac

Dulos out on bail; The Hour; Erik Trautmann

Mueller report protest; The Hour; Erik Trautmann

Breakfast with Stew Leonard Jr.; News-Times; H John Voorhees III

Glider through the roof; News-Times; H John Voorhees III

Ember alert; Journal Inquirer; Jim Michaud

High stepping; Stamford Advocate; Matthew Brown

Honoring a fallen teammate; Stamford Advocate; Matthew Brown

Kids for the climate; Greenwich Time; Matthew Brown

Car crash; The Bristol Press; Mike Orazzi

Truck fire; The Bristol Press; Mike Orazzi

Fire destroys Tops Market; Record-Journal; Richie Rathsack

UConn protest against racism; The Chronicle; Roxanne Pandolfi

Heartbroken friends, family gather for vigil, call for ‘justice for Valerie’; Greenwich Time; Tyler Sizemore

**

Non-Page 1 Layout

Hyperlocal

Fighting apocalypse fatigue, one exhibit at a time; Harbor News; Jennifer Corthell

Regional A

College basketball preview; Hartford Courant; Chris Moore

Travelers Championship; Hartford Courant; Chris Moore

Cover story; New Haven Register; Sue Nusbaum

Oceans apart; New Haven Register; Sue Nusbaum

Irreverent reverence; New Haven Register; Susan Nusbaum

Regional B

MLB veteran hoping to get back into affiliated baseball; New Britain Herald; Bradford Carroll

Regional C (Magazine)

12 gift ideas; Hartford Magazine; Chris Moore

Wacky contraptions; Hartford Magazine; Chris Moore

Rise and dine: Connecticut’s best breakfast; Connecticut Magazine; Greg Moody

The bud boom: Cannabis is coming, and so is a complex new ecosystem revolving around it.; Connecticut Magazine; Greg Moody

**

Page 1 Layout

Regional A

Under siege; Waterbury Republican-American; Jim Flynn

Remember D-Day; The Day; John Ruddy

A place for goodbye; The Day; Melissa Johnson, Jacinta Meyers

Regional B

Superintendent out on Halloween; The Chronicle; Jennifer Lemanski

A stormy day; The Chronicle; Lauren Flaum

Trump impeached; Middletown Press; Sue Nusbaum

Love wins; News-Times; Susan Nusbaum

Ned’s North Haven; Greenwich Time; Susan Nusbaum

Regional C (Magazine)

Handmade holidays — Unique creations from local artisans; Connecticut Magazine; Alyson Bowman

Christmas gifts made in Connecticut; Hartford Magazine; Chris Moore

Imagine the future; Hartford Magazine; Chris Moore

Women of distinction; Hartford Magazine; Chris Moore

How long will you live? The surprising ways your community may affect your life expectancy; Connecticut Magazine; Greg Moody

**

Photo Essay

Hyperlocal

Scenes from Nov. 19 Norwalk BoE meeting – Will there be a repeat Tuesday?; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Guenther Chapman

Photo review of November; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Guenther Chapman

Some Norwalk photos #3a: More mall; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Guenther Chapman

Regional A

A mosque rebuilds; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan

Prison hosts family dance; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan

Cricket comes to New London; The Day; Sarah Gordon

Freedom on ice; The Day; Sarah Gordon

Reporting for duty; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

Elf off the shelf; Connecticut Post; Sue Nusbaum, Brian A. Pounds

Regional B

Police officer honored; The Hour; Erik Trautmann

Feats of clay; Greenwich Time; Sue Nusbaum, Matthew Brown

Helium heroes; The Hour; Sue Nusbaum, Tyler Sizemore

Regional C (Magazine)

Work of art; Seasons Magazine; Allegra Anderson

James Whiteside: This Connecticut native and dancer has all the right moves; Connecticut Voice; Amber Jones

Final destination; Seasons Magazine; Stan Godlewski

Made with love; Seasons Magazine; Todd Fairchild

**

Religion

Hyperlocal

All of us together; Valley Courier; Pem McNerney

Regional A

Monsignor demands apology; Connecticut Post; Daniel Tepfer

The rise and fall of Rev. Daniel McSheffery; Hartford Courant; Dave Altimari

Anti-semitism in Connecticut: A short history; Connecticut Post; Jordan Fenster

Regional B

Parental rights undermined?; Journal Inquirer; Jessica Lerner

Mother Mary: In Riverside, residents unearth, restore a sacred part of the past; Greenwich Time; Jo Kroeker

Startup broadcaster brings EWTN programming to WNLK-AM; Fairfield County Business Journal; Phil Hall

Regional C (Magazine)

Embracing tradition: Interfaith families; Seasons Magazine; Cara McDonough

Nearer to God; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper

Regional D (Broadcast)

Questions of faith: Exclusive survey of Catholic church employees; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Jon Wardle

**

Reporting Series

Hyperlocal

Talk of the Town: Reviewing the Connecticut General Assembly with elected officials; Town Times – Prime Publishers; Gabriel Pietrorazio, Nicholas Perugini

For the kids: Person of the week; Valley Courier; Rita Christopher

Regional A

Sewage overflows: Legal but tainted (3-parts); Connecticut Health I-Team; Christine Woodside, Melanie Stengel

Harassed at work; Connecticut Post; Kaitlyn Krasselt, Emilie Munson

Your money, your state; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon, Bill Cummings, Kaitlyn Krasset, Dan Haar

CuriousCT; The Day; Staff

Older workers; The Day; Staff

Solutions for Connecticut’s cities; Connecticut Mirror; Tom Condon

Regional B

Broken system: Examining Hartford’s high and inequitable tax structure; Hartford Business Journal; Greg Bordonaro, Matt Pilon, Sean Teehan

Surviving and healing from trauma; Journal Inquirer; Olivia Regen

The slow return of housing; Stamford Advocate; Paul Schott

Rise and fall of pro baseball in New Britain; New Britain Herald; Ryan Chichester

Regional D (Broadcast)

Hidden in plain sight: Mysterious places you never knew were in Connecticut; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Jon Wardle

Sisters for life; WFSB; Denise D’Ascenzo, Eric Budney, Tracy Furey

Romance schemes are costing online daters millions; NBC 30; Sandra Jones

**

Sports Column

Regional A

All in the Division III family with Jim Calhoun; Connecticut Post; Jeff Jacobs

Jack Street touchdown pass for Newtown; Connecticut Post; Jeff Jacobs

Jeff Jacobs: Faherty allegations, admissions scandal leave Yale in a place it doesn’t want to be; Connecticut Post; Jeff Jacobs

No bathing suit, no problem for this Berlin woman; Hartford Courant; Lori Riley

Flipping the script; Hartford Courant; Mike Anthony

From a dark place, triumph; Hartford Courant; Mike Anthony

How little we know; Hartford Courant; Mike Anthony

Regional B

Video clip provides motivation for CCSU football; New Britain Herald; David Glovach

Time to move on, dad; The Chronicle; Michael Sypher

Merge was spark to title for Innovation basketball; New Britain Herald; Ryan Chichester

**

Sports Feature

Hyperlocal

North Haven football supports Zak Radziunas at 15th annual Spring Brawl; North Haven Courier; Chris Piccirillo

First Tee teaches golf, life skills; Glastonbury LIFE; Mara Dresner

GHS girls’ rugby taking it to the next level; Greenwich Sentinel; Paul Silverfarb

**

Sports Feature

Regional A

Fighting back; Hartford Courant; Alex Putterman

Young athletes confront pressure to specialize in a single sport, despite risks; Hartford Courant; Alex Putterman

Critics worry about prep transfer trend; Hartford Courant; Alex Putterman, Shawn McFarland

The oral history of the 1999 NCAA Championship-winning UConn men’s basketball team 20 years later; Hartford Courant; Chris Brodeur

After Hurricane Marina, Paula Hernandez finds a home with Woodstock Academy volleyball; GameTimeCT.com; Dave Stewart

Milford native, Notre Dame-West Haven grad Josh MacDonald has overseen unprecedented success; New Haven Register; David Borges

UConn commit Jalen Gaffney is latest in a long line of ‘brothers’ bonded by basketball.; New Haven Register; David Borges

Baseball’s timeless tale; Hartford Courant; Dom Amore

Batmen; Waterbury Republican-American; Harrison Connery

Nick Mastroni fondly remembers winning first-ever Borck championship; New Haven Register; Joe Morelli

Breaking barriers; Hartford Courant; Lori Riley

‘Chelsea’s right there with them’; Hartford Courant; Lori Riley

Lack of respect; Hartford Courant; Mike Anthony

Seeing a world of possibilities; Hartford Courant; Mike Anthony

Miami-bound QB Van Dyke leads Suffield Academy into showdown with Avon Old Farms for NEPSAC title; GameTimeCT.com; Sean Patrick Bowley

Dubreuil has written her athletic history in East Lyme … and rewritten it; The Day; Vickie Fulkerson

Regional B

CCSU football player meets girl whose life he saved; New Britain Herald; David Glovach

Bristol volleyball rivalry heats up; New Britain Herald; Paul Angilly

Capstone project tackles social issue; The Chronicle; Richard Zalusky

Trevethan dedicates state title to beloved mentor; New Britain Herald; Ryan Chichester

Regional C (Magazine)

A question of fairness; Connecticut Voice; Dawn Ennis

For love of the game; Seasons Magazine; John Torsiello

Foundation honors the legacy and values of Walter Camp; Seasons Magazine; John Torsiello

Going to the mat; WAG Magazine; Phil Hall

Game on: Special Olympics celebrates 50th; Seasons Magazine; Teresa Pelham

Regional D (Broadcast)

Changing the game; WFSB; Elliott Polakoff

Meeting your match; WFSB; Elliott Polakoff

50 for father; NBC 30; Matt Finkel

Blind baseball broadcaster; NBC 30; Matt Finkel

One-handed MMA fighter excels and inspires; NBC 30; Matt Finkel

**

Sports News

Hyperlocal

Old Saybrook boys’ soccer claims second-straight state title; Harbor News; Chris Negrini

Regional A

How youth baseball leagues adjust to low participation; Hartford Courant; Alex Putterman

Ray Allen not happy with the way UConn has treated Kevin Ollie since his firing; New Haven Register; David Borges

NCAA hits Ollie with 3-year penalty; Hartford Courant; Dom Amore

No one has transferred off the UConn men in 30 months; Hartford Courant; Dom Amore

UConn on the verge of joining the Big East; Hartford Courant; Mike Anthony, Dan Brechlin

A week to remember, reflect for Newtown football team; GameTimeCT.com; Sean Patrick Bowley

Brian Mazzone is back on the sideline coaching; Hartford Courant; Shawn McFarland

Esports is sweeping the nation; Hartford Courant; Shawn McFarland

UConn advances to 12th straight Final Four; The Day; Vickie Fulkerson

Regional B

New Canaan’s Drew Pyne inspired by 8-year-old Ryan Berg’s battle against cancer; Stamford Advocate; Dave Stewart

CCSU football wins NEC championship; New Britain Herald; David Glovach

New challenge awaits veteran coach; The Chronicle; Michael Sypher

Threat of EEE virus reschedules sporting events; New Britain Herald; Paul Angilly

Southington baseball beats New Britain; New Britain Herald; Ryan Chichester

Regional D (Broadcast)

Meeting your match; WFSB; Elliott Polakoff

Patriots Super Bowl sendoff; WFSB; Elliott Polakoff

The Yard Goats Hispanic heritage; NBC 30; Miguel Santiesteban

**

Sports Photo

Hyperlocal

Celebrating; WestportNow.com; Chris Greer

Commanding attention; North Haven Courier; Kelley Fryer

Regional A

Fly ball at the fence; New Haven Register; Arnold Gold

Yale Coach Brown’s 300th Win; New Haven Register; Arnold Gold

Yale/Harvard football protest; New Haven Register; Arnold Gold

A goal in the rain; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan

The speed of light; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan

Two sides of the coin; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan

Flying high; Connecticut Post; Christian Abraham

Dejected finalist; The Day; Dana Jensen

Goalie collision; The Day; Dana Jensen

Quarterfinal winners; The Day; Dana Jensen

Flippin’ good kick; Waterbury Republican-American; Jim Shannon

Opening punch; Waterbury Republican-American; Jim Shannon

Foul reflection; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko

Out of bounds; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko

Running blind; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko

Bending save; GameTimeCT.com; Matthew Brown

Incomplete; GameTimeCT.com; Matthew Brown

Powder wave; GameTimeCT.com; Matthew Brown

Moon framed field goal; GameTimeCT.com; Peter Hvizdak

Basketball scramble; The Day; Sarah Gordon

Soaring soccer; The Day; Sarah Gordon

Flagrant foul; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

Hoop and the harm; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

Proud papa; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

**

Sports Photo

Regional B

Fighting for the ball; Record-Journal; Aaron Flaum

Football hurdle; Record-Journal; Aaron Flaum

Ryan McAleer’s steal, halfcourt buzzer-beater; Stamford Advocate; Dave Stewart

OT goal lifts Wilton; The Hour; Erik Trautmann

U.S. Women’s soccer fans celebrate; News-Times; H John Voorhees III

Weston stops Barlow, HS football; News-Times; H John Voorhees III

**

Video Storytelling

Hyperlocal

Fedor hopes ‘The Barnacle’ will reduce towing of illegally parked cars; NancyonNorwalk; Harold F. Cobin

Ramirez honored by Norwalk Police, city leaders; NancyonNorwalk; Harold F. Cobin

Kitchen fire knocks out Cranbury eatery; NancyonNorwalk; Harold F. Cobin

Regional A

Danbury’s Rosetti overcomes speech impediment to standout at QB; GameTimeCT.com; Pete Paguaga

GameTimeCT’s Joe Morelli faces off against Xavier’s Chris Fosdick; GameTimeCT.com; Pete Paguaga

On final play, Newtown wins Class LL title on anniversary of Sandy Hook; GameTimeCT.com; Pete Paguaga

Take a video tour of Derby’s new Ryan Sports Complex and JR Payden Field House; GameTimeCT.com; Sean Patrick Bowley

The 2019 CIAC class L football championship: St. Joseph vs. Hand; GameTimeCT.com; Sean Patrick Bowley

Regional B

Platt, Maloney add to rivalry lore; Record-Journal; Aaron Flaum

Kensington State Fish Hatchery supervisor talks fishing season; Record-Journal; Ashley Kus

Middlefield bladesmith competes on History Channel show; Record-Journal; Bailey Wright

Woman recovers at Gaylord in Wallingford after fall that partially paralyzed her; Record-Journal; Bailey Wright

Owners ‘devastated,’ fire officials investigate blaze at Tops Marketplace in Southington; Record-Journal; Richie Rathsack, Mary Ellen Godin

Watch special needs man bring joy, music to Greenwich; Greenwich Time; Tyler Sizemore, Tatiana Flowers

Regional D (Broadcast)

The cobbler; NBC 30; David Mulligan

Turf manager; NBC 30; David Mulligan

Making bats for the big league; Telemundo Connecticut; Miguel Santiesteban

CTSPJ annual dinner, Journalism Hall of Fame and FOI awards canceled due to COVID-19

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing the Connecticut SPJ to cancel this year’s Excellence in Journalism dinner.

We are in the midst of a global news story that will, if it hasn’t already, impact every town in the country.

Now is the time journalists rally so we can report on this evolving news story as it develops. But we must also be careful, from practicing social distancing to washing our hands more often to stop the spread of the corona-virus.
 
That being said, it’s prudent the Connecticut SPJ use that same advice.
 
Although we are sad to announce this news, the CT SPJ board voted unanimously on Sunday to not hold the annual Excellence in Journalism awards dinner scheduled for May 21 at the Hawthorne.
 
With no dinner planned, the CT SPJ will also not make any inductions into the Connecticut Journalism Hall of Fame and present no winners for the Helen M. Loy Freedom of Information Award this year.
 
The contest judging will continue. We had more than 800 entries into our contest this year, and we are in the process of swapping entries with the Utah Chapter of SPJ. We plan to announce the winners of the contest on May 21 on our Facebook page and on our website. Stay tuned.
 
Please continue your hard work over the next several months and please stay safe.
 
 
 

Connecticut SPJ 2019 Excellence in Journalism Contest now accepting entries

The 2019 Excellence in Journalism contest is open for entries. The deadline is Feb. 14, 2020.  You can enter the contest here. The contest is open for items published or broadcast in 2019.

Entry fees are $10 for members (with valid SPJ member number) and $25 for non-members or entries paid for by a news organization. Please contact national SPJ membership coordinator Caroline Escobar at cescobar@spj.org if you do not know your member number.

For questions about the Connecticut contest, please contact contest clerk Kathleen Farmer at kathleenctspj@gmail.com.

Categories

All media outlets compete against each other in the top three special awards categories. For the rest of the categories (below), media outlets will compete in one of five circulation classes.

Stephen A. Collins Public Service Award

This is a special award open to all media for a story or stories having a significant impact in the public interest. Entries must include supporting documentation such as letters, editorials, evidence of a change in public policy, showing how the entry had an impact. Please include a cover letter with the entry.

Theodore Driscoll Award for Investigative Reporting

This is a special award open to all media for a single story or formal series containing information, obtained through reporter initiative not readily available to the news media or public.

First Amendment Award

This is a special award open to all media for a single story, column or series which increases public understanding of the role of the press in a free society.

MAIN CONTEST CATEGORIES

Editorial Cartoon | A single cartoon online or in print

Single Editorial | Represents the opinion of the publication, station or news website as an organization

General Column | A single (other than sports or humorous) that expresses an opinion or point of view on an issues or event

Humorous Column | A single column on any topic with the purpose to entertain

In-Depth | A single story that helps audience understand situation beyond information provided in a normal news story

Investigative | A single story containing information obtained through reporter initiative that was not readily available to the news media or the public

Feature | Any story written for a reason other than timeliness. (Please note, this was omitted from an earlier list in error)

Religion | A story dealing with religious topics

Government | A story dealing with government topics

Courts/Crime | Any story dealing with issues of the criminal justice system, except for breaking news

Arts & Entertainment | A single story dealing with the arts

Business | A single story dealing with business

Leisure | A story dealing with travel, food, gardening, or other leisure topics

Continuing Coverage | No more than 10 articles that follow the same topic over time

Diversity Coverage | Single story on a diversity issue

Education | A single story on an education issue

Reporting Series | A formal series of no more than 10 articles, including investigative, in-depth or feature series

Local Reporting | A story that shines light on an issue important to a single town or region. This category is meant for those stories that fulfill the mission of community journalism.

Breaking News | A single story or package of stories and social media updates that involves coverage of a spot news event written under an immediate deadline.

Sports News | A single story on a sports news topic

Sports Feature | A single story on a sports topic, written for a factor other than timeliness

Sports Column | A single column on a sports topic

Sports Photo | A single sports photo

Feature Photo | A single feature photo

News Photo | A single news photo

Photo Essay | A collection of photos, either in print or online, that together tell one story.

Page 1 Layout | A category for the person who arranged the text and images, not for the writers or photographers of the materials on the page.

Non-Page 1 Layout | Any single page design that was not on page 1

Headline | A single entry is made up of three headlines, all the work on a single individual

Infographic Design | The design of a single static or interactive graphic

Infographic Reporting | The reporting of a single static or interactive graphic

Video Storytelling | Use of video to tell a story alone or bolster written reporting

Audio Storytelling | Use of audio to tell a story alone or bolster written reporting

Data | Effective use of data for reporting a single story or graphic

Health | A single story or broadcast regarding health issues, either local or statewide

CIRCULATION CATEGORIES FOR THE 2019 CONTEST

The following is the list of circulation categories for the Excellence in Journalism contest. If you don’t see your media outlet listed here, please contact contest clerk Kathleen Farmer at kathleenctspj@gmail.com, and we will add it.

These categories are based, in part, on media outlets’ advertised coverage areas and staffing levels. To petition for a change in circulation class, please contact CTSPJ President Bruno Matarazzo at bjmatarazzo@gmail.com. The CTSPJ Board of Directors will consider all requests, and any approved changes will take effect in the next year’s contest season.

Regional A

  • Connecticut Health Investigative Team
  • Connecticut Mirror
  • Connecticut Post
  • Hartford Courant
  • New Haven Register
  • Waterbury Republican American
  • The Day (New London)
  • Any Hearst Connecticut collaboration including smaller circulation outlets

Regional B

  • Connecticut Law Tribune
  • CT News Junkie
  • Danbury News-Times
  • Manchester Journal-Inquirer
  • Meriden Record Journal
  • Norwich Bulletin
  • Stamford Advocate
  • Greenwich Time
  • CT Latino News
  • Greater New Milford Spectrum
  • Litchfield County Times
  • The Middletown Press
  • New Britain Herald
  • The Bristol Press
  • The Register Citizen
  • The Chronicle
  • The Hour
  • Fairfield County Business Journal
  • Hartford Business Journal
  • The Connecticut Times
  • Inquiring News
  • Neighbors Paper

Regional C (Magazines)

  • AAA Journeys and AAA Horizons
  • Catholic Transcript
  • Connecticut Magazine
  • Connecticut Parent Magazine
  • Connecticut Voice
  • Hartford Magazine
  • New Haven Biz
  • Seasons magazines
  • Stamford Magazine
  • Today Magazine
  • WAG Magazine
  • Wilton Magazine

Regional D (Broadcast)

  • WTNH
  • WFSB
  • WTIC
  • WNPR
  • WSHU
  • News12
  • NBC30

Hyperlocal

  • Citizens News
  • CollinsvillePress.com
  • Shore Publishing weeklies
  • TurleyCT publications
  • New Britain City Journal
  • NewCanaanite.com
  • Online Journalism Project publications
  • Hearst Connecticut weeklies
  • Branford Eagle
  • Glastonbury Citizen/Rivereast News Bulletin
  • Nancy on Norwalk
  • Greenwich Sentinel
  • Fairfield Patch
  • New Haven Independent
  • WestportNow.com
  • Town Times
  • Glastonbury Life
  • Guilford Curier
  • The Source
  • Harbor News

* Note: Any item that appeared in a higher circulation publication should be entered in that circulation class.

News literacy panel discussion recap

Hearst Connecticut Media and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists recently hosted a panel discussion on news literacy at the New Haven Free Public Library. It featured panelists Mercy Quaye, Mike Savino and Richard Hanley.

Watch the panel discussion on our Facebook page here and read a recap of five tips  to help you determine if what you are reading online is legitimate here

Connecticut SPJ 2019 Excellence in Journalism Contest

The 2019 Excellence in Journalism contest will open for entries on Dec. 23! The deadline is Feb. 14, 2020. You can enter the contest at https://awards.connecticutspj.org. The contest is open for items published or broadcast in 2019.

 

Entry fees are $10 for members (with valid SPJ member number) and $25 for non-members or entries paid for by a news organization. Please contact national SPJ membership coordinator Caroline Escobar by email at cescobar@spj.org or by phone at 317-361-4132 if you do not know your member number.

Read more about this year’s contest here, including what categories are available and what circulation class your news outlet belongs in here: http://connecticutspj.org/connecticut-spj-2019-excellence-in-journalism-contest-now-accepting-entries/

 

For questions about the Connecticut contest, please contact me at kathleenctspj@gmail.com.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to visit Southern CSU on Nov. 13

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario will lead a social justice conversation on the effects of immigration and familial separation on families on Nov. 13 at the New Haven campus. 

In 2003, Nazario won the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for her Los Angeles Times series titled,  Enrique’s Journey, which details the story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S.

The series was later turned into a book by Random House and became a national bestseller. 

Nazario will be discussing Enrique’s journey and the country’s immigration dilemma, specifically the issue of unaccompanied minors from Central America at the U.S. border. 

The program will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Adanti Student Center Ballroom at Southern Connecticut State University. 

Click here for more information. 

Sonia Nazario

Nazario has written extensively about Latinos in the United States. She has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine and a “trendsetter” by Hispanic Magazine. In 2012 Columbia Journalism Review named Nazario among “40 women who changed the media business in the past 40.” In 2018, she was given the Spirit of HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality) Award.

A graduate of Williams College, she has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and honorary doctorates from Mount St. Mary’s College and Whittier College. She began her career at the Wall Street Journal, and later joined the Los Angeles Times.

 

Bob Eddy Scholarship winners for 2019 announced

The 2019 Bob Eddy Scholarship recipients, clockwise starting from top left, Ashley Anglisano, Sanchali Singh, Gabriel Pietrorazio and Sarah Rose Willson

The Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists this month chose four college students who will receive a total of $6,000 from the Bob Eddy Scholarship Foundation.

To qualify for a scholarship, students must begin their junior or senior year in fall 2019 and either be enrolled at an accredited Connecticut university or be a Connecticut resident enrolled at an accredited university elsewhere.

The scholarship committee considers past journalism work, commitment to the industry, academic success and financial need when determining the winners.

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven manages the Bob Eddy Scholarship Foundation. To donate to the scholarship fund, please click here

The 2019 scholarship award winners are:

Sarah Rose Willson (Bob Eddy Award – $2,500) is a senior at Central Connecticut State University who majors in journalism and minors in political science. She was the editor-in-chief of her university’s newspaper, The Recorder, and was president of SPJ’s CCSU chapter for one year. Willson is interning at Al Arabiya in Washington, D.C., and will graduate from CCSU in spring 2020.

Sanchali Singh (Bob Eddy Award – $1,500) is a journalism student at the University of Maryland with a minor in sustainability. After graduation, she wants to work as an environmental journalist raising awareness about anthropogenic climate change. Her interest in journalism started from journaling about traveling with her family in her childhood. Singh grew up in Connecticut and spends her free time reading, cooking and hiking.

Gabriel Pietrorazio (Bob Eddy Award – $1,000) is a rising senior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges who’s pursuing dual majors in media and society and political science. Pietrorazio has served as an intern reporter at the Town Times of Watertown, Connecticut, and Finger Lakes Times of Geneva, New York. He also was a feature news reporter for FingerLakes1.com in Seneca Falls, New York, and remains a freelancer for FL1. This summer, Pietrorazio returned to the Town Times as the Thomaston reporter. He also hosts and produces a new weekly video-podcast program titled, “Talk of the Town.”

Ashley Anglisano (Bob Eddy Award – $1,000) is a junior at the University of Connecticut studying journalism and communications with a minor in political science. She is the associate news editor of UConn’s student-run newspaper, The Daily Campus. She also is a special events correspondent for AVweb news, an aviation-focused news organization. She contributes graphic design help to Aviation Consumer magazine and runs its social media accounts. Anglisano hopes to work at a local paper after graduating from UConn.

College contest winners announced for 2018-19 contest

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Excellence in Journalism 2019 travel grants available

We are pleased to announce that, for the fifth year in a row, we’re offering a travel grant for one SPJ member and one student to attend the 2019 conference. This year’s Excellence in Journalism conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas, from Sept. 5-7. 

Last year’s winners were Jordan Fenster, who then worked for Gannett but now works for Hearst Connecticut Media, and Sarah Willson, a student at Central Connecticut State University.

Connecticut SPJ is offering a grant of up to $1,100 to cover the cost for one member to attend, as well as another $500 to help a student attend. If you’re interested in applying for the grant, please send a short essay, along with your SPJ member number, to Cindy Simoneau, a past president of the CTSPJ board, at simoneauc1@southernct.edu. Simoneau will prepare all entries for a blind review by the CTSPJ board.

Applications are due by July 6 at noon. The winners must be members in good standing of CTSPJ. New members are welcome to apply.

Winners announced for our annual CT SPJ Excellence in Journalism Awards for 2018 entries

This year, we had 842 entries in 39 different categories. They ranged from arts and leisure stories to data and investigative reporting.
 
The two biggest categories this year were feature story and feature photo, with 50 and 45 entries respectively.
 
Each year, we do a swap with another SPJ chapter for judging – they judge our entries; we judge theirs. This year, we swapped with Utah.
 
Our big 3 awards – the First Amendment Award, Stephen A. Collins Public Service Award and the Theodore Driscoll Award for investigative reporting – are sent to separate judges in other states, who are not involved in judging the rest of our contest. This is done to avoid bias or rushed decisions.
 
As in most years, some of the smaller categories with few entries came back to us with no winner. While we understand this can be upsetting, our judging rules DO allow for that option.
 
When that happens, we have a separate judge in another state look those entries over again – and select a winner, if warranted.
  
We also host a separate contest for college student entries. This year, we received 115 entries for that contest.
 
For the first time this year, we are making the student awards a separate ceremony, which will be held in the fall. At this event, we will also honor this year’s SPJ scholarship winners. If you are interested in helping put that event together or volunteering at the student ceremony, please let one of our board members know.
 
And here are the winners for the best work published or broadcast in 2018:

All Media Special Awards

First Amendment Award
First Place
D’Amelio attorney says arrest expunged; threatens lawsuit; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Chapman

Stephen A. Collins Public Service Award
First Place
The Hartford Courant’s five-year fight for Adam Lanza documents; Hartford Courant; Dave Altimari, Andrew Julien, Matthew Kauffman, Josh Kovner

Theodore Driscoll Award for Investigative Reporting
First Place
Denied: A look into inmate health care; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Clarice Silber

Arts & Entertainment

Hyperlocal
First Place
Curious about Ed Vebell, patrons pack Historical Society; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
Second Place
Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t; Valley Courier; Pem McNerney
Third Place
Jim DeCesare feature; Canton Today Magazine; Bruce Deckert

Regional A
First Place
Can Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood be an arts destination? These developers think so.; Hartford Courant; RebeccaLurye
Second Place
New Da Vinci discovered?; Waterbury Republican-American; Tracey O’Shaughnessy
Third Place
The new face of drag; The Day; Mary Biekert

Regional B
First Place
Stamford’s State Cinema to close, despite family’s efforts; Stamford Advocate; Barry Lytton
Second Place
Danbury composer channels ire over fallen innocents; News-Times; Christina Hennessy
Third Place
One hot summer night at the Shaboo; The Chronicle; Claire Galvin

Regional C (Magazine)
First Place
Dreams and illusions; Seasons Magazine; Frank Rizzo
Second Place
Looking in Theatre offers students the chance to open the doors to dialogue; Connecticut Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger

Third Place
‘Samson et Dalila’ … et Darko; Hartford Magazine; Frank Rizzo

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
Little princess; News 12; Marissa Alter, Mark Sogofsky
Second Place
There is life; News 12; Nina Kapur, Christopher Wood

Audio Storytelling

Regional A
First Place
Case unsolved; The Day; Karen Florin, Lindsay Boyle, Erica Moser, Peter Huoppi, Carlos Virgen, Tim Cotter, Izaskun Larraneta
Second Place
Young voters could decide the election. We talked to a few of them.; Hartford Courant; Mike Hamad
Third Place
Here’s what you can expect if Connecticut gambles on sports betting next year; Hartford Courant; Mike Hamad

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
Adaptive sailing program launches in Stonington; WNPR; David DesRoches
Second Place
What secrets are hidden inside the call of a bat?; WNPR; Patrick Skahill
Third Place
A pound for pound history of Connecticut’s weights and measures; WNPR; Patrick Skahill

Breaking News

Hyperlocal
First Place
At 9/11 memorial, rain mixes with tears; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
Second Place
Staples student in custody after violence threat; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
Third Place
Flu complications caused New Canaan boy’s sudden death, say officials; New Canaan News; Erin Kayata and Humberto Rocha

Regional A
First Place
Official: Woman lit dynamite, thought it was candle; blew off fingers; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill
Second Place
Milford man charged with assault after standoff; Connecticut Post; Amanda Cuda, Jim Shay
Third Place
Teen dead after police pursuit, crash; victim ID’d; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill, Jim Shay

Regional B
First Place
‘God was by our side’; The Chronicle; Michelle Firestone
Second Place
Man purposely crashed car into Middlesex Hospital, set himself on fire, officials say; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day
Third Place
Police detonate pressure cooker found outside Israel Putnam School in Meriden; Record-Journal; Bryan Lipiner, Lauren Sellew

Business

Hyperlocal
First Place
Mitchells: Guided 60 years by a mom & pop philosophy; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
Second Place
Marci Moreau gets naked; West Hartford LIFE; Mara Dresner
Third Place
Commuter Coffee says goodbye at Railroad Place; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Regional A
First Place
Credit union scam remains a mystery; The Day; Lee Howard
Second Place
Ticket to a new life; Hartford Courant; Matthew Ormseth
Third Place
How business strategies put Obsitnik in the GOP primary; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar

Regional B
First Place
Fans, friends mourn loss of late ‘Wild’ Bill Ziegler’s Nostalgia store; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day
Second Place
Torrington couple opens new cafe, taking another step in longtime history of family home; Register Citizen; Ben Lambert
Third Place
Shucking returns to Copps Island Oysters in Norwalk; The Hour; Kaitlyn Krasselt

Regional C (Magazine)
First Place
Mind, body & soul: mActivity is a different kind of fitness center; Seasons Magazine; Frank Rizzo
Second Place
The spectrum of success; Seasons Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger
Third Place
On the road again; Seasons Magazine; Carol Latter

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
Attracting Amazon: How much Connecticut spent to become home to HQ2; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Dave Michnowicz
Second Place
Jump drum; News 12; Marissa Alter, Jim Mennino
Third Place
Wanke’s Yankee; News 12; Nina Kapur, Christopher Wood

Continuing Coverage

Hyperlocal
First Place
Lunch ladies battle for jobs; Branford Eagle; Sally E. Bahner
Second Place
Town wrestles with school security issues; Branford Eagle; Sally E. Bahner
Third Place
At P&Z, strong opposition to medical marijuana facilities; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Regional A
First Place
Voters in CT suburbs, once reliably Republican, may power a blue wave in age of Trump; Hartford Courant; Daniella Altimari
Second Place
Is school desegregation working?; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Jake Kara
Third Place
Bullets over Brass City; Waterbury Republican-American; Jonathan Shugarts

Regional B
First Place
Coverage of the May 2018 tornardo/microburst; Record-Journal; Mary Ellen Godin, Matt Zabierek, Jeniece Roman, Bailey Wright, Devin Leith-Yessian, Lauren Sellew
Second Place
Mold issues grow in Stamford schools; Stamford Advocate; Erin Kayata
Third Place
Purdue faces uphill battle to overcome opioid controversy; Stamford Advocate; Paul Schott

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
‘Nowhere to go’: Some CT Transit bus drivers wearing adult diapers on the job; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, David Michnowicz

Courts/Crime

Hyperlocal
First Place
Asleep at the switch: Madison Police remove three dispatchers for sleeping on the job; The Source; Zoe Roos
Second Place
Lunch ladies charged in half-million dollar scam; New Canaan News; Humberto Rocha

Regional A
First Place
One family’s sole survivor; The Day; Karen Florin
Second Place
With soccer dreams shattered, Mitchell Anderson to be sentenced for Dillon Stadium fraud; Hartford Courant; Jenna Carlesso, Matthew Kauffman
Third Place
Life in a cult: fear, abuse; Hartford Courant; David Owens

Regional B
First Place
Saved by the cell; Journal Inquirer; Alex Wood
Second Place
Norwalk father watches son play in Babe Ruth World Series, an immigration checkpoint changes all; The Hour; Justin Papp
Third Place
Experts: Prevention of Claxton’s suicide not possible in Conn.; Stamford Advocate; Barry Lytton

Regional C (Magazine)
First Place
Wrongfully imprisoned for 27 Years, Mark Schand is finally living the life he always wanted; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
Home companion arrest raises questions about hiring process; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Garett Allison
Second Place
HPD wrong way pursuit; NBC 30; Len Besthoff-Reporter, David Michnowicz
Third Place
Danger in the driver’s seat: Dozens of CT transit drivers report assaults; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, David Michnowicz

Data

Regional A
First Place
Home prices across Connecticut have failed to recover since peak in 2007; Hartford Courant; Kenneth R. Gosselin
Second Place
Totals don’t tell full story of drug overdoses; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill
Third Place
In divided territory, dispute rages on; Hartford Courant; Alex Putterman

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
Missing pieces: Guns stolen from CT suburbs turning up at crime scenes; NBC 30; Shyang Puri
Second Place
Connecticut governor’s race: Where are contributions coming from?; WNPR; Patrick Skahill

Diversity Coverage

Regional A
First Place
Access to AP courses often elusive for low-income students; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
Second Place
Strategic outreach bridging gap in pregnancy-related outcomes; Connecticut Health I-Team; Elizabeth Heubeck
Third Place
After tumultuous summer, Hartford police look to hire more minority officers; Hartford Courant; Matthew Ormseth, Jenna Carlesso

Regional B
First Place
Latino students face unique hurdles; Greenwich Time; Jo Kroeker
Second Place
Black, Hispanic cops a minority on Danbury police force; News-Times; Zach Murdock
Third Place
A year after Hurricane Maria, residents displaced from Puerto Rico still adjusting; Record-Journal; Jeniece Roman

Regional C (Magazine)
First Place
The spectrum of success; Seasons Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger
Second Place
Spreading peace: Former gang member’s center focuses on resolving conflict; Hartford Magazine; Matthew Broderick

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
For a teen with Autism, being different was seen as being dangerous; WNPR; David DesRoches

Editorial

Regional A
First Place
Haddam Selectwoman is owed an apology; Hartford Courant; Stephen Busemeyer
Second Place
Arming teachers makes schools more dangerous; Connecticut Post; Jacqueline Smith
Third Place
Elizabeth Esty must resign; Hartford Courant; Stephen Busemeyer

Regional B
First Place
Unthinkable is now devastatingly routine in schools; The Hour; Nancy Shulins
Second Place
Meriden School Readiness Council operated in secret; Record-Journal; Jeffery Kurz
Third Place
Keeping Sandy Hook investigation secret is inconsistent with democracy; Record-Journal; Glenn Richter

Editorial Cartoon

Regional A
First Place
Passing the buck; The Day; Jacinta Meyers
Second Place
Fake news; The Day; Jacinta Meyers

Regional B
First Place
Wallingford microburst hits twice; Record-Journal; Kevin Markowski

Education

Hyperlocal
First Place
Staples students, victims of sexual assault, look to change school policy; Westport News; Justin Papp
Second Place
Parents banned from eating lunch with children at Darien schools; Darien News; Lynandro Simmons

Regional A
First Place
Metropolitan Business Academy students show, not tell, on final exam; New Haven Register; Brian Zahn
Second Place
How safe are Connecticut students at school?; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
Third Place
No pressure, but … another principal takes over at Bassick; Connecticut Post; Linda Lambeck

Regional B
First Place
Sacred Heart Greenwich threatens to ban student over Planned Parenthood sticker; Greenwich Time; Emilie Munson
Second Place
Despite little progress, more efforts underway to recruit minority teachers; News-Times; Zach Murdock
Third Place
Greenwich schools consider menu overhaul after complaints; Greenwich Time; Jo Kroeker

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
Connecticut’s rural schools get creative to stay viable; WNPR; David DesRoches
Second Place
The high cost of educating students displaced by Hurricane Maria; NBC 30; Shyang Puri, Garett Allison
Third Place
Cyberthreats become disruption in Connecticut schools; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Garett Allison

Feature Photo

Hyperlocal
First Place
Drawing a crowd; Harbor News; Kelley Fryer
Second Place
Compo cloud; WestportNow.com; Anna-Liisa Nixon
Third Place
Greeting daddy; WestportNow.com; Gordon Joseloff

Regional A
First Place
Barn reading; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan
Second Place
Cancer wedding; The Day; Sarah Gordon
Third Place
Lizard encounter; The Day; Dana Jensen

Regional B
First Place
Mail roots; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac
Second Place
Jumping for joy; The Chronicle; Roxanne Pandolfi
Third Place
Up in the air with acro yoga; Record-Journal; Richie Rathsack

Feature Story

Hyperlocal
First Place
Race. Wreck. Fix. Repeat; The Source; Pem McNerney
Second Place
Whimsical trail brings hope to Belltown; Glastonbury Citizen – Rivereast News Bulletin; Elizabeth Regan
Third Place
Grand marshal Larry Aasen on war and remembrance; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Regional A
First Place
A ‘horrific’ scene unfolds; Hartford Courant; Christine Dempsey
Second Place
Training empowers everyday people to help save lives; New Haven Register; Peter Hvizdak
Third Place
Fighting hate; Waterbury Republican-American; Michael DeGirolamo Jr.

Regional B
First Place
Coastal town offers a sheltering sky; News-Times; Rob Ryser
Second Place
Lost, but not forgotten: Meriden’s Vietnam casualties; Record-Journal; Leigh Tauss
Third Place
Second-hand retailer Euphoria mixes commerce, community; Fairfield County Business Journal; Phil Hall

Regional C (Magazine)
First Place
Service dog frauds: The safety of truly dependent people could be at risk; Hartford Magazine; Leonard Felson
Second Place
A room of their own: Local couple’s efforts provide peace and comfort in difficult times; Seasons Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger
Third Place
The ancient tradition of seeking sanctuary in churches has been reborn in Connecticut; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
Hating on CT; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Garett Allison
Second Place
Rejected: Vanity license plates you won’t see on the road; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Jon Wardle
Third Place
Mysterious suitcase helps Connecticut man discover his grandfather’s WWII service; WNPR; David DesRoches

General Column

Hyperlocal
First Place
Bill Seiden, 91: A reporter’s retrospective; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
Second Place
Musings from Mara; Glastonbury LIFE; Mara Dresner

Regional A
First Place
Connecticut Landmarks neglects 1700s Stonington house, despite endowment; The Day; David Collins
Second Place
The ballad of the Depression Kid; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
Third Place
Side issues are the economy; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar

Regional B
First Place
We could sure use Lincoln today; Record-Journal; Jeffery Kurz
Second Place
Birth mother vs. bio mother; Stamford Advocate; Deborah DiSesa Hirsch
Third Place
Empty nest, packed emotions; Stamford Advocate; Deborah DiSesa Hirsch

Regional C (Magazine)
First Place
In our midst: Garage of dreams; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper
Second Place
In our midst: How she heals; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper
Third Place
In our midst: Key man; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper

Government

Hyperlocal
First Place
Norwalk wired $900K to scammers; may settle reimbursement lawsuit; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Chapman
Second Place
East Hampton hub ballots destroyed, questions remain; Glastonbury Citizen – Rivereast News Bulletin; Elizabeth Regan

Regional A
First Place
Connecticut politics take a toxic turn; Hartford Courant; Neil Vigdor
Second Place
New debate stirs over Hartford’s residency requirement; Hartford Courant; Jenna Carlesso, Vinny Vella
Third Place
Malloy myth is dead wrong; he slashed state spending; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar

Regional B
First Place
Prison health care compromised; Journal Inquirer; Will Healey
Second Place
Developer BLT seeks new tax district to expand footprint in Stamford neighborhood; Stamford Advocate; Barry Lytton
Third Place
Overtime pays for Danbury cop shortage; News-Times; Dirk Perrefort

Regional C (Magazine)
First Place
A day in the life; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
Structurally deficient bridges in Connecticut at risk for closure; NBC 30; Shyang Puri, Garett Allison
Second Place
Tenant troubles; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Katherine Loy, Garett Allison
Third Place
Connecticut has given private schools over $3M in public cash for security upgrades; WNPR; David DesRoches

Headline

Hyperlocal
First Place
RTM to utility wires: We will bury you; WestportNow.com; Gordon Joseloff
Second Place
Three speeds, one mission etc; The Sound; Pam Johnson

Regional A
First Place
Grits, froyo, sweetings; New Haven Register; Lynn Schnier
Second Place
Custer’s last strand?; The Day; Joe Turco
Third Place
In the merry merry month of May; The Day; John Ruddy

Regional B
First Place
Unorthodox sanctuaries/Spring in step/ Marilyn moon row; Stamford Advocate; Ashley Winchester
Second Place
At sixes and sevens/A springer in her step/Before you go, go; Greenwich Time; Sue Nusbaum
Third Place
Mettle, zen, taps; News-Times; Lynn Schnier

Regional C (Magazine)
First Place
Super bowl/Savage garden/The Twain you shall meet; Connecticut Magazine; Albert Yuravich

Health

Hyperlocal
First Place
Schools grapple with handling sexual assault complaints; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
Second Place
When it comes to suicide prevention, direct is best; Guilford Courier; Pem McNerney

Regional A
First Place
Costs and access still barriers to health care, survey finds; Connecticut Health I-Team; Kaitlyn Regan, Ryan Conchado, Kevin Crompton, Jailene Cuevas, Melanie Espinal, Jonathan Gonzalez, Andrew Hans, Megan Hill, Patrick Quinn O’Neill, August Pelliccio, Michael Riccio, Alyssa Rice
Second Place
From tears to Cinderella at prom; Hartford Courant; David Owens
Third Place
Former Middletown swimmer putting a face to PTSD; Hartford Courant; Rebecca Lurye

Regional B
First Place
Every time they shoot up could be the last; Journal Inquirer; Zachary F. Vasile
Second Place
After surviving teenage suicide attempt, Wallingford woman creating awareness; Record-Journal; Mary Ellen Godin

Regional C (Magazine)
First Place
Smarter diets; Hartford Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger
Second Place
A doctor in your phone; Hartford Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger
Third Place
Psychedelic drugs show promise for treatment of PTSD; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
Nailed by complaints: Issues plaguing Connecticut nail salons; NBC 30; Shyang Puri
Second Place
Laser hair removal services; NBC 30; Sandra Jones
Third Place
Dirty school air; NBC 30; Len Besthoff-Reporter, David Michnowicz, Garett Allison

Humorous Column

Hyperlocal
First Place
Matter of opinion; Stamford Magazine; Beth Levine

Regional A
First Place
You’re in the bathroom, get off your phone; Hartford Courant; Rand Richards Cooper

Regional B
First Place
Isn’t It Romantic?; Stamford Advocate; Jerry Zezima
Second Place
News cycle sets Kid’s wheels turning; Stamford Advocate; John Breunig
Third Place
Sofa, I need to move on to another; The Chronicle; Traci Hastings

Regional C (Magazine)
First Place
A day to forgive; Seasons Magazine; Matthew Dicks
Second Place
The cargument; Hartford Magazine; Sarah Wesley Lemire

In-Depth

Hyperlocal
First Place
Race. Wreck. Fix. Repeat; The Source; Pem McNerney
Second Place
Shoreline gathers for March for Our Lives; Branford Eagle; Sally E. Bahner

Regional A
First Place
A killer’s obsession: Writings outline descent into darkness, despair; Hartford Courant; Josh Kovner, Dave Altimari
Second Place
Nearly three quarters of Hartford children live in areas with high rates of gun violence; Hartford Courant; Rebecca Lurye
Third Place
An East Lyme family’s honest obituary; The Day; Lindsay Boyle

Regional B
First Place
Ousted residents never had their say; Journal Inquirer; Will Healey
Second Place
Opioid crisis fuels massive litigation against Purdue Pharma; Stamford Advocate; Paul Schott
Third Place
Maintenance deferred: Without funding, problems can grow like … mold; Stamford Advocate; Erin Kayata

Regional C (Magazine)
First Place
King’s death sparked riots in Hartford 50 years ago: A look at the lasting effects; Hartford Magazine; David Holahan
Second Place
The battle to preserve Plum Island; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang
Third Place
Summer of discontent; Seasons Magazine; James Battaglio

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
Firefighter PTSD; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, David Michnowicz, Jon Wardle
Second Place
Consignment shop sold; NBC 30; Sandra Jones
Third Place
The push for ‘green’ cemeteries in Connecticut; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Jon Wardle

Infographic Design

Regional B
First Place
Create your own budget; Record-Journal; Ron Rainey, Richie Rathsack

Regional C (Magazine)
First Place
Apples to apples; Connecticut Magazine; Greg Moody
Second Place
Recycling: In or out?; Connecticut Magazine; Greg Moody

Infographic Reporting

Regional A
First Place
An interactive look at development in Hartford; Hartford Courant; Jenna Carlesso, Kenneth Gosselin, Timothy Reck
Second Place
See how your town fares in home price recovery; Hartford Courant; Kenneth R. Gosselin

Investigative

Hyperlocal
First Place
Police investigation shows safety concerns ahead of dredging death at Guilford Yacht Club; Guilford Courier; Zoe Roos

Regional A
First Place
Nurses’ drug abuse top cause of disciplining, but once sober, some nurses get relicensed; Connecticut Health I-Team; Kate Farrish, Carl Jordan Castro
Second Place
Denied: A look into inmate healthcare; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Clarice Silber
Third Place
Race for Gov; contrast of words, business; business record under scrutiny; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

Regional B
First Place
Lyman Hall gym teacher resigned after student complaints of sexual harassment; Record-Journal; Matt Zabierek
Second Place
Scaife keeps in touch, on city’s dime; Record-Journal; Leigh Tauss
Third Place
Andover figure lost job over lewdness; Journal Inquirer; Emily Brindley

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
Letters from Whiting; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Jon Wardle, Matthew Glasser
Second Place
Nailed by complaints: Issues plaguing Connecticut nail salons; NBC 30; Shyang Puri
Third Place
Mortuary mixup; NBC 30; Sandra Jones

Leisure

Regional A
First Place
A fresh start 27 years later; Hartford Courant; Don Stacom
Second Place
What makes a great fried clam?; The Day; Mary Biekert
Third Place
Homecoming of sorts for Danny Meyer; Hartford Courant; Leeanne Griffin

Magazine

First Place

Perfectly imperfect heirloom apples are making a comeback

Erik Ofgang;   Connecticut Magazine

Second Place

Barbecue – Hot stuff: Your guide to everything smoky, saucy and sloppy

Kelly Vaughan;   Hartford Magazine

Third Place

Barcelona – Walking the city: Its riches unfold for travelers on foot

Joan DeNatale Green, Rick Green;   Hartford Magazine

 Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
Food and fun; News 12; Sean McCabe, Nina Kapur, Christopher Wood

Hyperlocal
First Place
Perfecting perfection in the Village of Essex; Valley Courier; Pem McNerney

Local Reporting

Hyperlocal
First Place
A major problem at the 11th hour for Scranton Library; The Source; Zoe Roos
Second Place
Bluepoint Wellness: Marijuana as blueprint for pain control; Branford Eagle; Sally E. Bahner
Third Place
500 Main St.: Why has “the most dangerous intersection in Westport” never been fixed?; Westport News; Sophie Vaughn

Regional A
First Place
2014 stabbing death of Melissa Millan; Hartford Courant; Dave Altimari, David Owens, Nicholas Rondinone
Second Place
New debate stirs over Hartford’s residency requirement; Hartford Courant; Jenna Carlesso, Vinny Vella
Third Place
Scary bear encounters; Hartford Courant; Christine Dempsey

Regional B
First Place
Remaining Washington Village residents struggle with deteriorating conditions; The Hour; Justin Papp
Second Place
Homeless: A life and death in Danbury; News-Times; Zach Murdock
Third Place
Social workers: Fostering love; The Chronicle; Ekaterine Tchelidze, Claire Galvin

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
Crumbling concrete & grand lists; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, David Michnowicz
Second Place
Proposal to turn rock quarry into reservoir faces mountain of opposition; WNPR; Patrick Skahill
Third Place
About time; News 12; Sean McCabe, Christopher Wood, Lori Golias

News Photo

Hyperlocal
First Place
We need change; The Source; Kelley Fryer
Second Place
Sad afternoon; WestportNow.com; Dave Matlow

Regional A
First Place
Lucky shots; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko
Second Place
Car fire; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Third Place
Tearful testimony; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

Regional B
First Place
Police train for a school shooting response; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac
Second Place
Grabbing some gear after the storm; Record-Journal; Richie Rathsack
Third Place
A high tech holiday; The Chronicle; Amar Batra

Non-Page 1 Layout

Regional A
First Place
Enough; Hartford Courant; Chris Moore
Second Place
Searching for success; Hartford Courant; Chris Moore
Third Place
Season’s sweetings; New Haven Register; Lynn Schnier

Regional B
First Place
Big 10 bound: Berlin native Burby signs letter of intent to play for Rutgers; New Britain Herald; David Glovach
Second Place
Greenwich Town Party; Greenwich Time; Sue Nusbaum
Third Place
Crews to the rescue; News-Times; Sue Nusbaum

Regional C (Magazine)
First Place
How to beach – Non-page1 layout; Hartford Magazine; Christopher Moore
Second Place
The ultimate “Hamilton” quiz: Non-page 1 layout; Hartford Magazine; Christopher Moore

Page 1 Layout

Regional A
First Place
All but forgotten; The Day; Melissa Johnson, Jacinta Meyers
Second Place
We the people …; Waterbury Republican-American; Jim Flynn
Third Place
New Haven Top 50; New Haven Register; Alyson Bowman

Regional B
First Place
The year that was; The Hour; Sue Nusbaum
Second Place
An unforgettable fire; The Chronicle; Jennifer Lemanski
Third Place
Ship wrecked; Greenwich Time; Sue Nusbaum

Regional C (Magazine)
First Place
Cover: The changing city; Hartford Magazine; Christopher Moore
Second Place
Top chefs share secrets – page 1/cover layout; Hartford Magazine; Christopher Moore, Patrick Raycraft
Third Place
Inspired: A renaissance of young artists – Page 1 layout; Hartford Magazine; Christopher Moore, Patrick Raycraft

Photo Essay

Regional A
First Place
Convention season; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko
Second Place
Swabs report in; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Third Place
Shearing the Sheep; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

Regional B
First Place
Snowclone; Greenwich Time; Sue Nusbaum, Tyler Sizemore
Second Place
Lighting the sky; Greenwich Time; Tyler Sizemore
Third Place
Dance of the ages; News-Times; H. John Voorhees III

Regional C (Magazine)
First Place
Going all in on New Haven’s future; Seasons Magazine; Stan Godlewski
Second Place
The raw, the cooked, the bowls and the boiling; Seasons Magazine; Nick Caito

Religion

Hyperlocal
First Place
Bishop takes control of St. Paul’s Church in Darien; Darien News; Lynandro Simmons
Second Place
A new mission for Sister Caroline; The Sound; Pam Johnson
Third Place
Rector to stay amid tensions; Darien News; Humberto Rocha

Regional A
First Place
Painstaking, sacred work; Hartford Courant; Jordan Otero Sisson

Regional B
First Place
Joined in grief and faith; News-Times; Rob Ryser
Second Place
Florida couple hopes to establish Presbyterian church in Wallingford; Record-Journal; Bailey Wright
Third Place
‘A different style of church’ — Megachurch Hillsong makes home in Norwalk; The Hour; Justin Papp

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
Stations of the cross; News 12; Frank Recchia, Mark Sogofsky

Reporting Series

Hyperlocal
First Place
This is ABC; 06880: Where Westport Meets the World; Dan Woog, Susan Woog Wagner
Second Place
Celebrating seniors; Valley Courier; Rita Christopher

Regional A
First Place
Extreme inequality: Connecticut’s wealth dilemma; Connecticut Mirror; Keith Phaneuf, Clarice Silber and Jake Kara
Second Place
Connecticut’s vanishing shoreline; Connecticut Mirror; Jan Ellen Spiegel
Third Place
Helping hands; The Day; Julia Bergman, Amanda Hutchinson, Kimberly Drelich, Karen Florin, Erica Moser, Mary Biekert

Regional B
First Place
Transfer trauma; Journal Inquirer; Will Healey
Second Place
Serving up love: The Covenant Soup Kitchen; The Chronicle; Claire Galvin

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
At a price! The high cost of local town living; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Shyang Puri, Dan Corcoran, Jill Konopka, Max Reiss, Matthew Glasser, Katherine Loy, Garett Allison, Jon Wardle, David Michnowicz, Steve Pancione
Second Place
CT do better; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Shyang Puri, Dan Corcoran, Matthew Glasser, Katherine Loy, Garett Allison, Jon Wardle, David Michnowicz

Sports Column

Regional A
First Place
A role model, flaws and all; Hartford Courant; Mike Anthony
Second Place
As records fall at girls State Open track, debate rages over transgender issue; GameTimeCT.com; Jeff Jacobs
Third Place
Family, legacy led Dan Hurley to UConn; Hartford Courant; Dom Amore

Regional B
First Place
Culture change: New Britain football sees recent season as strong building block for program; New Britain Herald; David Glovach
Second Place
Clyde Washburn: A life well lived; The Chronicle; Mike Sypher

Sports Feature

Hyperlocal
First Place
Remembering Frank ‘Coach’ Crisafi; East Haven Courier; PJ Foti
Second Place
Adakonis go-karts his way to top national ranking; Ridgefield Press; Tim Murphy
Third Place
‘A very rewarding journey’; Glastonbury LIFE; Mara Dresner

Regional A
First Place
The growing pressure and demands of coaching each year lead to some asking: ‘Is it even worth it?’; GameTimeCT.com; Doug Bonjour
Second Place
Epic rock-paper-scissors battle settles SCC baseball quarterfinal matchup; GameTimeCT.com; Pete Pagagua
Third Place
Amby Burfoot is giving it another go; The Day; Steve Fagin

Regional B
First Place
Biggest victory: After beating cancer, football more than game for New Britain’s Hernandez; New Britain Herald; David Glovach
Second Place
Season-ending injury cannot keep Kellner out of gym; Stamford Advocate; Scott Ericson
Third Place
‘I’ve never been a quitter,’ says ex-NFL player Amari Spievey; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day

Regional C (Magazine)
First Place
At UConn, Dan Hurley is taking on “the ultimate challenge”; Connecticut Magazine; David Borges
Second Place
For Anne Worcester, this tennis tournament is a labor of love; Connecticut Magazine; Paul Doyle

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
A life saving gift; News 12; Mark Sudol, Robert Cook
Second Place
Big dreams; News 12; Lauren Fabrizi, Keith Sunthorn

Sports News

Hyperlocal
First Place
Trailblazer: Gaughran is first girl on Ridgefield LL travel team; Ridgefield Press; Tim Murphy
Second Place
Simsbury tops Avon for fifth straight win and Valley Gridiron Classic; CollinsvillePress.com; Gerry deSimas, Jr.
Third Place
Alfredo finds success as rookie in NASCAR series; Ridgefield Press; Tim Murphy

Regional A
First Place
Playing with risk; Hartford Courant; Alex Putterman
Second Place
Coaches, parents question policy for high school transgender athletes; Hartford Courant; Lori Riley
Third Place
NCAA investigating UConn men; New Haven Register; Jeff Jacobs

Regional B
First Place
Gunn’s three touchdowns spark New Britain football over South Windsor, moves to 3-0; New Britain Herald; David Glovach
Second Place
Barber, Muir unstoppable as Greenwich shuts out New Canaan for CIAC Class LL state title; Greenwich Time; David Fierro
Third Place
Brusnwick’s Cornelius Johnson chooses Michigan; Greenwich Time; David Fierro

Sports Photo

Hyperlocal
First Place
Record set; North Haven Courier; Kelley Fryer
Second Place
Players and fans celebrate after winning in eight innings; CollinsvillePress.com; Gerry deSimas, Jr.

Regional A
First Place
No. 1 Ansonia suffers heartbreaking loss; Waterbury Republican-American; Bill Shettle
Second Place
Goalie save; The Day; Sarah Gordon
Third Place
Reach for the win; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan

Regional B
First Place
Powder Puff takedown; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac
Second Place
Not as close as once thought; Stamford Advocate; H. John Voorhees III
Third Place
Catching some air during Snocross; Record-Journal; Justin Weekes

Video Storytelling

Hyperlocal
First Place
Norwalk plants trees at Roodner Court; NancyonNorwalk; Harold Cobin
Second Place
Video: Justin Paul back at Coleytown Middle School; WestportNow.com; Helen Klisser During

Regional A
First Place
Sanctuary church in Old Lyme; The Day; Tim Cook
Second Place
Ella; Hartford Courant; Patrick Raycraft
Third Place
Brian Merritt: From guitar player to guitar maker; The Day; Peter Huoppi

Regional B
First Place
Christmas season brings Harry Potter, Phantom of the Opera and fiery hot cocoa to Cava; Record-Journal; Ashley Kus
Second Place
Organist keeps music alive at Meriden church; Record-Journal; Ashley Kus
Third Place
Kidcity museum in Middletown; Record-Journal; Bailey Wright

Regional D (Broadcast)
First Place
Christopher Wood composite; News 12; Christopher Wood
Second Place
Mark Sogofsky composite; News 12; Mark Sogofsky

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