Contest

Finalists announced for 2020 Excellence in Journalism contest

Click the link below to download the word document file featuring the finalists for the 2020 Excellence in Journalism contest. Winners will be announced later this spring after judging has completed.

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CT SPJ student journalism contest 2020-21

The Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists’ annual student contest will be open for entries April 1-May 15, 2021. The contest is for entries of work published or broadcast during the 2020-21 academic year. 
 
Contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. on May 15. 
 
The entry fees are:
  • $5 for college SPJ members (membership ID number required)

  • $10 for non-members and college media outlets paying for entries

 
If you do not see your news outlet in the system, please contact Contest Clerk Kathleen Farmer at kathleenctspj@gmail.com to have it added.
 
CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS
Once you log in, click on the button to enter the awards. From the Main Category drop down, please select “College Contest.” 
 
These are the categories you can enter:
Audio Storytelling
Editorial/Op-Ed
Feature
Feature Photo
General Column/Commentary
General Reporting
News Photo
Non-Page 1 Layout
Page 1 Layout
Sports Feature Story
Sports News Story
Sports Photo
Spot News
Video Storytelling
 
We will also have a special category for COVID-19 reporting this year.
 
While the entries must be from the 2020-21 academic year, a technical error on the website makes it so that you MUST enter the year 2020 on the contest site. (Judges will verify that the work was published/broadcast during the 2020-21 academic year).
 
The work must have been published online or in print, or broadcast or streamed.
 
Contest winners will be announced on our Facebook page and on our website in June. Certificates will be mailed out to all winners through their school.

Connecticut SPJ 2020 Excellence in Journalism Contest

The 2020 Excellence in Journalism contest is now open for entries! The deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 16! Feb. 12, 2021. You can enter the contest at https://awards.connecticutspj.org. The contest is open for items published or broadcast in 2020.

 

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. 

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

Connecticut SPJ 2020 Excellence in Journalism Contest now accepting entries

The 2020 Excellence in Journalism contest is open for entries. The deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 16! Feb. 12, 2021.  You can enter the contest here. The contest is open for items published or broadcast in 2020. New this year are four COVID categories for content related to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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

COVID News | A single story that highlights the impact the pandemic has had on our lives and our society.

COVID Investigative | A single story containing pandemic-related information obtained through reporter initiative that was not readily available to the public.

COVID Series | Three to 10 stories in a formal series that highlight the impact of the pandemic on our lives and society.

COVID Photo | A single photo that highlights the impact of the pandemic on our current socially distance status. 

 

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 2020 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 Viktoria Sundqvist at vickansundqvist(at)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.

College contest winners announced for the 2019-20 academic year

The Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists’ student contest highlighted the best work published or broadcast during the 2019-20 academic year. Students from six different colleges or universities in Connecticut participated in this year’s contest. Scroll below to see the winners! 

Audio Storytelling

First Place

In Context with CCSU journalism: Episode 3; Central Connecticut State University; Kristina Vakhman, Amanda Kenny, Kelly Langevin

Second Place

In Context with CCSU journalism: Episode 1; Central Connecticut State University; Kristina Vakhman,  Joshua Rosario, Mauriah Johnson

Third Place

In Context with CCSU journalism: Episode 2-The football edition; Central Connecticut State University; Kristina Vakhman, Ryan Jones, Trevi Alickolli, Joshua Rosario

COVID-19 Reporting

First Place

CCSU offers pass/fail option to students; Central Connecticut State University; Samantha Bender

Second Place

“Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”; The Tamarack; Nicole Hayes

Third Place

Safe way to get mental health help may have consequences beyond Covid-19; The Recorder; Kelly Langevin

Editorial/Op-ed

First Place

Be a man about it; The Tamarack; Kathleen Chesto

Second Place

The problem with staying informed; University of New Haven Charger Bulletin; Mia Steadman

Third Place

The new Nazis?; The Tamarack; Alexander Wilson

Feature

First Place

Kicking the vaping habit; Crescent magazine; Amanda Cavoto

Second Place

‘All I want is for us to be visible’ PRIDE president speaks on recognizing transgender deaths; The Recorder; Isabella Chan

Third Place

Beyond the margins; The Tamarack; Anjelika Rodis

Feature Photo

First Place

Irish dancer; Crescent magazine; Jason Edwards

Second Place

A job well done; Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network; Liz Flynn

General Column/Commentary

First Place

Queer code: Transgender day of remembrance; The Tamarack; Alexander Wilson

Second Place

Harvey Weinstein’s sentencing: a win for Hollywood; Q30 Television; Gabby Brailovskiy

Third Place

That’s what she said: The little feminist that could; The Tamarack; Jessica Ney

General Reporting

First Place

FOI documents show professors accused of sexual misconduct went on to other universities; The Recorder; Thomas Hopkins

Second Place

Former student accused of showing interest in mass shooting had long, troubling history; The Recorder; Sarah Willson

Third Place

Student with wheelchair speaks out about campus inaccessibility; University of New Haven Charger Bulletin; Jennifer Korn, Beth Beaudry

Non-Page 1 Layout

First Place

Southern swag; Crescent magazine; Muhaymina Plair

Second Place

CCSU sports: Aaron Winchester; The Recorder; Julia Jade Moran

Third Place

Hearts of the Sound; Crescent magazine; Samuel Fix

Page 1 Layout

First Place

The Charger Bulletin May 5, 2020 edition; University of New Haven Charger Bulletin; Anna Downs

Sports Feature Story

First Place

Chiara Bacchini makes her return to the court; Q30 Television; Bryan Schwartz

Second Place

Jones brings new energy; Southern News; Sam Tapper

Third Place

Long distance relationship; Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network; Jacob Shiffer

Sports News Story

First Place

Ex Patriot player returns; Southern News; Hunter O. Lyle

Second Place

New volleyball locker room shows steps towards gender equity; Central Connecticut State University; Ryan Jones

Third Place

Mushaw gives gift of life; Central Connecticut State University; Ryan Jones

Sports Photo

First Place

Hug me, brother!; Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network; Liz Flynn

Second Place

A senior day celebration; Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network; Liz Flynn

Third Place

Call it a goal; Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network; Liz Flynn

Video Storytelling

First Place

UCTV News: Behind the scenes of the UConn Fire Department; UCTV Uconn; Luke Hajdasz, Regan Schiappa, Luke Hajdasz

Please note: Certificates will be mailed out to all winners to the address provided in the contest entry. Should you wish to have it mailed to another address, please email Contest Chair Viktoria Sundqvist at vickansundqvist(at)gmail.com by July 19 with your alternative address. 

And the winners are…

Today we were supposed to be gathering for our annual Excellence in Journalism awards dinner to honor the best work done by journalists in Connecticut. Instead, we are announcing this year’s contest winners in this video. The full list of winners is included below.

 

All Media Special Awards

First Amendment Award

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

Stephen A. Collins Public Service Award

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

Theodore Driscoll Award for Investigative Reporting

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

General contest awards

Arts & Entertainment

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

Portraits from the past; The Day; John Ruddy

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

Greenwich? Shazam; Stamford Advocate; John Breunig

Third Place

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

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

The piano; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Gregg Monte

Audio Storytelling

Regional A

First Place

Welcome to Corrupticut; Hartford Courant; Mike Hamad

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional B – No winner chosen

Breaking News

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional A

First Place

Bradley plane crash; Hartford Courant; Nicholas Rondinone

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Business

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

Reviving Parkville; Hartford Courant; Kenneth R. Gosselin

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

Making it right; Seasons Magazine; Carol Latter

 

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Continuing Coverage

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

Gail Hardy police shooting investigation; Hartford Courant; Nicholas Rondinone

Third Place

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

Regional B

First Place

Prison health care; Journal Inquirer; Will Healey

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

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

 

 

 

 

Courts/Crime

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

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

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Data

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

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

 

Third Place

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

Regional B

First Place

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

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

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

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

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

Diversity Coverage

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional A

First Place

Transgender sports debate; Connecticut Mirror; Kathleen Megan

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional B – No winner chosen

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

 

Editorial

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Editorial Cartoon

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Education

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

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

 

 

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

Making it right; Seasons Magazine; Carol Latter

Second Place

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

Third Place

Dream memorial; Today Magazine; Bruce Deckert

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Feature Photo

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

Bubble man; WestportNow.com; Gordon Joseloff

Regional A

First Place

Lance blast; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko

Second Place

Umbrella alley; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

Powderpuff cheerleader goes airborn; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac

Third Place

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

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

Chef Denise Appel; Seasons Magazine; Winter Caplanson

Second Place

Wisdom in the window; Seasons Magazine; Stan Godlewski

Feature Story

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional A

First Place

Running into an unclear future; Hartford Courant; Lori Riley

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

Writing his next act; Connecticut Voice; Frank Rizzo

Second Place

30 women of distinction; Hartford Magazine; Nancy Schoeffler

Third Place

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

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

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

Second Place

The piano; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Gregg Monte

Third Place

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

General Column

Hyperlocal

First Place

Oy to the world; The Source; Lisa Nee

Second Place

Musings from Mara December; Glastonbury LIFE; Mara Dresner

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

As the crows fly; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper

Second Place

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

Third Place

Take home poems; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper

Government

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

Concrete hurts grand lists; Journal Inquirer; Eric Bedner

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

Dispatch delays; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Garett Allison

Second Place

Saving millions with regional radios; NBC 30; Len Besthoff-Reporter, Jon Wardle-Photographer/Editor

Headline

Hyperlocal

First Place

Days of wine at Roses; The Sound; Pam Johnson

Regional A

First Place

Headlines; The Day; Joe Turco

Second Place

Ruddy headlines; The Day; John Ruddy

Third Place

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

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Health

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

Drugged out; New Haven Biz; Natalie Missakian

Second Place

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

Third Place

Healing horses; Seasons Magazine; Alix Boyle

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Humorous Column

Hyperlocal

First Place

Musings from Mara May; Glastonbury LIFE; Mara Dresner

 

Regional A

First Place

Gray Bridgeport and bright Oz; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

Second Place

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

Third Place

Inhaling spring across state lines; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

Whatz yn a nayme?; Greenwich Time; David Rafferty

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

Funny bones; Seasons Magazine; Matthew Dicks, Sean Wang

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

In-Depth

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional A

First Place

Invisible walls; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Second Place

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

Third Place

Empty promises and empty seats; Hartford Courant; Alex Putterman

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

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

Second Place

Horsing around; Seasons Magazine; John Torsiello

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

Police PTSD; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Jon Wardle

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Infographic Design

Regional A

First Place

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

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

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

Infographic Reporting

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Investigative

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

 

Third Place

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

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

Invisible walls; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Third Place

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

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

Whiting whistleblower; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Jon Wardle

Leisure

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

The Recycle House; Hartford Magazine; Nancy Schoeffler

Local Reporting

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

Plagued by crime; Waterbury Republican-American; Harrison Connery

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional C  (Magazine)

First Place

Beating the heat; Today Magazine; Bruce Deckert

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

Foreclosed dreams; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Dave Mulligan

Second Place

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

News Photo

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Regional A

First Place

Body search; The Day; Dana Jensen

Second Place

Inaugural hair day; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

Ember alert; Journal Inquirer; Jim Michaud

Non-Page 1 Layout

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Regional A

First Place

Oceans apart; New Haven Register; Sue Nusbaum

Second Place

College basketball preview; Hartford Courant; Chris Moore

Regional B

First Place

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

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

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

Second Place

Wacky contraptions; Hartford Magazine; Chris Moore

Third Place

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

Page 1 Layout

Regional A

First Place

Remember D-Day; The Day; John Ruddy

Second Place

Under siege; Waterbury Republican-American; Jim Flynn

Regional B

First Place

Trump impeached; Middletown Press; Sue Nusbaum

Second Place

Love wins; News-Times; Susan Nusbaum

Third Place

A stormy day; The Chronicle; Lauren Flaum

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

Christmas gifts made in Connecticut; Hartford Magazine; Chris Moore

Second Place

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

Photo Essay

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Regional A

First Place

Reporting for duty; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

Second Place

Prison hosts family dance; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan

Regional B

First Place

Helium heroes; The Hour; Sue Nusbaum, Tyler Sizemore

Second Place

Police officer honored; The Hour; Erik Trautmann

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

Final destination; Seasons Magazine; Stan Godlewski

Religion

Hyperlocal

First Place

All of us together; Valley Courier; Pem McNerney

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

Monsignor demands apology; Connecticut Post; Daniel Tepfer

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

Nearer to God; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper

Second Place

Embracing tradition: Interfaith families; Seasons Magazine; Cara McDonough

Regional D – No winner chosen

Reporting Series

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Reporting Series

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

The slow return of housing; Stamford Advocate; Paul Schott

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Sports Column

Regional A

First Place

How little we know; Hartford Courant; Mike Anthony

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Sports Feature

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

 

Regional A

First Place

Lack of respect; Hartford Courant; Mike Anthony

Second Place

Seeing a world of possibilities; Hartford Courant; Mike Anthony

Third Place

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

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

Capstone project tackles social issue; The Chronicle; Richard Zalusky

Third Place

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

Regional C (Magazine)

First Place

A question of fairness; Connecticut Voice; Dawn Ennis

Second Place

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

Third Place

Going to the mat; WAG Magazine; Phil Hall

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

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

Second Place

Meeting your match; WFSB; Elliott Polakoff

Third Place

Blind baseball broadcaster; NBC 30; Matt Finkel

Sports News

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

Esports is sweeping the nation; Hartford Courant; Shawn McFarland

Third Place

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

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

New challenge awaits veteran coach; The Chronicle; Michael Sypher

Third Place

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

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

The Yard Goats Hispanic heritage; NBC 30; Miguel Santiesteban

Second Place

Meeting your match; WFSB; Elliott Polakoff

Third Place

Patriots Super Bowl sendoff; WFSB; Elliott Polakoff

Sports Photo

Hyperlocal

First Place

Celebrating; WestportNow.com; Chris Greer

Second Place

Commanding attention; North Haven Courier; Kelley Fryer

Regional A

First Place

Flagrant foul; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

Second Place

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

Third Place

The speed of light; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

Fighting for the ball; Record-Journal; Aaron Flaum

Video Storytelling

Hyperlocal

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional A

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional B

First Place

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Regional D (Broadcast)

First Place

Turf manager; NBC 30; David Mulligan

Second Place

The cobbler; NBC 30; David Mulligan

Third Place

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

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 at 2 p.m. 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

**

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

**

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

**

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

**

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

**

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

**

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

**

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

**

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

**

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

**

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

**

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

**

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

**

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

**

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

**

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

**

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

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

Finalists announced for the 2018 Excellence in Journalism Contest

All Media Special Awards

First Amendment Award
Fake news or real? Take the test; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
The Hartford Courant’s five-year fight for Adam Lanza documents; Hartford Courant; Dave Altimari, Andrew Julien, Matthew Kauffman, Josh Kovner
D’Amelio attorney says arrest expunged; threatens lawsuit; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Chapman
School Readiness Council’s ongoing failure to follow public meeting laws; Record-Journal; Leigh Tauss, Mary Ellen Godin, Matt Zabierek, Mike Savino

Stephen A. Collins Public Service Award
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
Nurses’ drug abuse top cause of disciplining, but once sober, some nurses get relicensed; Connecticut Health I-Team; Kate Farrish, Carl Jordan Castro
Denied: A look into inmate health care; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Clarice Silber
Uncovering Bob Stefanowski; Connecticut Post; Hearst Connecticut state team

Arts & Entertainment

Regional A
Can Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood be an arts destination? These developers think so.; Hartford Courant; RebeccaLurye
Gallery owner arrested over opioid protest scultpture; Hartford Courant; Susan Dunne
Playhouse on Park misses chance to give ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ overdue update; Hartford Courant; Christopher Arnott
The Artists Collective, Hartford’s storied north end arts group, makes a final push for survival; Hartford Courant; Jenna Carlesso, Susan Dunne
The new face of drag; The Day; Mary Biekert
New Da Vinci discovered?; Waterbury Republican-American; Tracey O’Shaughnessy

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

Magazine
Looking in Theatre offers students the chance to open the doors to dialogue; Connecticut Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger
Inspired: A renaissance of young artists; Hartford Magazine; Nancy Schoeffler, Christoper Arnott, Susan Dunne, Iris Van Rynbach, Patrick Raycraft, Chris Moore
‘Samson et Dalila’ … et Darko; Hartford Magazine; Frank Rizzo
The ultimate “Hamilton” quiz; Hartford Magazine; Frank Rizzo
Dreams and illusions; Seasons Magazine; Frank Rizzo
Lights, camera, action!; Seasons Magazine; Sarah Wesley Lemire
Nashville in the Nutmeg State; Seasons Magazine; Mike Briotta
Sounds of summer; Seasons Magazine; Mike Briotta
Vinyl revolution; Seasons Magazine; Mike Briotta

Hyperlocal
Staples Players’ “Legally Blonde” goes to the dogs; 06880: Where Westport Meets the World; Dan Woog
Suzanne Sherman: Sing daily!; 06880: Where Westport Meets the World; Dan Woog
Jim DeCesare feature; Canton Today Magazine; Bruce Deckert
Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t; Valley Courier; Pem McNerney
Curious about Ed Vebell, patrons pack Historical Society; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
Justin Paul overwhelmed with library award; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
Through Mark Molesworth’s lens: Westport and the world; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Broadcast
Little princess; News 12; Marissa Alter, Mark Sogofsky
There is life; News 12; Nina Kapur, Christopher Wood

Audio Storytelling

Regional A
Depression affects women at twice the rate as men; Connecticut Health I-Team; Colleen Shaddox
Poor and minority women face widening barriers to depression treatment; Connecticut Health I-Team; Colleen Shaddox
Connecticut’s pension problem is even more complicated than you think; Hartford Courant; Mike Hamad
Here’s what you can expect if Connecticut gambles on sports betting next year; Hartford Courant; Mike Hamad
Young voters could decide the election. We talked to a few of them.; Hartford Courant; Mike Hamad
Case unsolved; The Day; Karen Florin, Lindsay Boyle, Erica Moser, Peter Huoppi, Carlos Virgen, Tim Cotter, Izaskun Larraneta

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

Breaking News

Regional A
Bridgeport cops: 2-year-old pulled from pool dies; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill
Milford man charged with assault after standoff; Connecticut Post; Amanda Cuda, Jim Shay
Official: Woman lit dynamite, thought it was candle; blew off fingers; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill
Teen dead after police pursuit, crash; victim ID’d; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill, Jim Shay
Body found after North Haven explosion; house torn down; New Haven Register; Jessica Lerner, Ben Lambert

Regional B
Man purposely crashed car into Middlesex Hospital, set himself on fire, officials say; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day
1 dead, 1 injured after police-involved shooting in Danbury; News-Times; Tara O’Neill, Julia Perkins
May 15 macroburst hits Danbury area; News-Times; Zach Murdock, Katrina Koerting, Julia Perkins, Anna Quinn, Dirk Perrefort, Rob Ryser
Police detonate pressure cooker found outside Israel Putnam School in Meriden; Record-Journal; Bryan Lipiner, Lauren Sellew
‘God was by our side’; The Chronicle; Michelle Firestone

Hyperlocal
Flu complications caused New Canaan boy’s sudden death, say officials; New Canaan News; Humberto Rocha
Vandals trash Madison Surf Club; The Source; Zoe Roos
Alert student contacts authorities, potential mass shooting averted in Westport; Westport News; Sophie Vaughn, Justin Papp
At 9/11 memorial, rain mixes with tears; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
Staples student in custody after violence threat; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
Storm gone but effects remain; residents told to be prepared for ‘several days’ without power; WestportNow.com; Gordon Joseloff

Business

Regional A
CT’s clean energy edge: Going, going . . . or coming back?; Connecticut Mirror; Jan Ellen Spiegel
How business strategies put Obsitnik in the GOP primary; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar
Malls in region defy national trends; Connecticut Post; Jordan Grice
Mongers Market a treasure trove of reclamations; Connecticut Post; Jordan Grice
Beleaguered tenants beat landlord; Hartford Courant; Matthew Ormseth
Corporate leaders’ role in luring Infosys seen as new model for drawing businesses; Hartford Courant; Jenna Carlesso
Developer envisions hundreds of housing units, extensive retail for downtown north; Hartford Courant; Jenna Carlesso, Kenneth Gosselin
From factory restorations to new apartments, these developments have the power to reshape Hartford; Hartford Courant; Kenneth Gosselin, Jenna Carlesso
Ticket to a new life; Hartford Courant; Matthew Ormseth
Train could be boon to state housing market; Hartford Courant; Kenneth R. Gosselin
Credit union scam remains a mystery; The Day; Lee Howard
Vintage mania: The race to buy vintage clothing on Instagram; The Day; Mary Biekert
It’s a little bittersweet; Waterbury Republican-American; Harrison Connery
Troubled Waterbury deli moving to Southington; Waterbury Republican-American; Harrison Connery

Regional B
Locals provide suggestions for East Brook Mall’s future; Connecticut Times; Corey Sipe
How will the SoNo Collection impact regional retailing?; Fairfield County Business Journal; Phil Hall
Coffee connoisseur couple wants customers to experience Perkatory in Middletown; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day
Fans, friends mourn loss of late ‘Wild’ Bill Ziegler’s Nostalgia store; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day
Owners give Middletown Valero manager hours to vacate thriving mart he’s run for years; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day
4 reasons Connecticut residents pay highest electric rates in the continental U.S; Record-Journal; Matthew Zabierek
Torrington couple opens new cafe, taking another step in longtime history of family home; Register Citizen; Ben Lambert
A college degree is a good investment; Stamford Advocate; Julie Jason
Deceased IRA owner? Check the final RMD; Stamford Advocate; Julie Jason
Fraudsters are posing as SEC regulators; Stamford Advocate; Julie Jason
Businesses look to the future after devestating fire; The Chronicle; Michelle Firestone
Shucking returns to Copps Island Oysters in Norwalk; The Hour; Kaitlyn Krasselt

Magazine
Mind, body & soul: mActivity is a different kind of fitness center; Seasons Magazine; Frank Rizzo
Off the beaten path; Seasons Magazine; Caryn B. Davis
On the road again; Seasons Magazine; Carol Latter
The spectrum of success; Seasons Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger

Hyperlocal
Clinton finds new buyer for old Morgan site; Harbor News; Eric O’Connell
Marci Moreau gets naked; West Hartford LIFE; Mara Dresner
Behind the Crossroads Hardware closing decision; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
Commuter Coffee says goodbye at Railroad Place; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
Mitchells: Guided 60 years by a mom & pop philosophy; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Broadcast
Attracting Amazon: How much Connecticut spent to become home to HQ2; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Dave Michnowicz
Chic-Fil-A; News 12; Lauren Fabrizi, Korey Wilson, Leah Principe
Jump drum; News 12; Marissa Alter, Jim Mennino
Rolling video games; News 12; Nina Kapur, Christopher Wood
Wanke’s Yankee; News 12; Nina Kapur, Christopher Wood

Continuing Coverage

Regional A
Is school desegregation working?; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Jake Kara
The 2016 general election; Connecticut Mirror; Mark Pazniokas
A neighborhood is upended by flooding; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill
Busy year for public campaign financing; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
Coverage of controversial Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim’s campaign for governor; Connecticut Post; Brian Lockhart
Harassment cover-up takes down a congresswoman; Connecticut Post; Dan Freedman, Rob Ryser, Kaitlyn Krasselt
The murder of a Bridgeport 12-year-old; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill, Daniel Tepfer
Bloomfield’s Blue Hills Fire District; Hartford Courant; Steven Goode
Fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Justin Brady; Hartford Courant; Staff of The Hartford Courant
Million-dollar blunder by the Connecticut Lottery Corp.; Hartford Courant; Jon Lender
Officer stabbed; Hartford Courant; Hartford Courant Staff
The brutal deaths of the Lindquist family; Hartford Courant; Dave Altimari, David Owens, Nicholas Rondinone
The Hartford Courant’s continuing coverage after the fatal stabbing of a West Hartford 12-year-old; Hartford Courant; Hartford Courant staff
Voters in CT suburbs, once reliably Republican, may power a blue wave in age of Trump; Hartford Courant; Daniella Altimari
Opiod crisis; The Day; Lindsay Boyle
Bullets over Brass City; Waterbury Republican-American; Jonathan Shugarts

Regional B
Caprilands coverage; Journal Inquirer; Tim Leininger
Haddam selectman blasted for electing to kneel for Pledge of Allegiance; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day
Coverage of Puerto Ricans and the issues they faced since evacuating after Hurricane Maria; Record-Journal; Mary Ellen Godin, Jeniece Roman
Coverage of the May 2018 tornardo/microburst; Record-Journal; Mary Ellen Godin, Matt Zabierek, Jeniece Roman, Bailey Wright, Devin Leith-Yessian, Lauren Sellew
Mold issues grow in Stamford schools; Stamford Advocate; Erin Kayata
Purdue faces uphill battle to overcome opioid controversy; Stamford Advocate; Paul Schott

Hyperlocal
Lunch ladies battle for jobs; Branford Eagle; Sally E. Bahner
Town wrestles with school security issues; Branford Eagle; Sally E. Bahner
Portland dog on death row; Glastonbury Citizen – Rivereast News Bulletin; Elizabeth Regan
From recycling to rink; Harbor News; Eric O’Connell
Wall Street group seeks input on POKO; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Chapman
West Norwalk zoning approval draws resistance; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Chapman
More mold found at Coleytown Middle School; Westport News; Sophie Vaughn
At P&Z, strong opposition to medical marijuana facilities; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

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

Courts/Crime

Regional A
Bridgeport PD: Juveniles slip through cracks with current laws; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill
Cop’s suit alleges retaliation; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
Downfall of a favorite son; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
Families despair over displaced remains at Park Cemetery; Connecticut Post; Daniel Tepfer
Navin pleads guilty to killing parents; Connecticut Post; Daniel Tepfer
Police: alleged killer of 12-year-old confessed; Connecticut Post; Daniel Tepfer
Police: Man robbed Ansonia bank to impress Taylor Swift; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill, Jim Shay
Third arrest made in 2016 Bridgeport murder; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill
Women, advocates seek end to stalking through court system; Connecticut Post; Emilie Munson
A missing mother and daughter, a double life, amnesia and finally — an arrest; Hartford Courant; Nicholas Rondinone
Life in a cult: fear, abuse; Hartford Courant; DavidOwens
No safe place; Hartford Courant; Jesse Leavenworth
With soccer dreams shattered, Mitchell Anderson to be sentenced for Dillon Stadium fraud; Hartford Courant; Jenna Carlesso, Matthew Kauffman
Widow of Hamden man killed in 2016 accident questions police investigation; New Haven Register; Ben Lambert
One family’s sole survivor; The Day; Karen Florin

Regional B
Saved by the cell; Journal Inquirer; Alex Wood
Man facing deportation after Meriden court appearance used two identities, records show; Record-Journal; Mary Ellen Godin
State police: Meriden City Councilor arrested during protest at courthouse; Record-Journal; Lauren Sellew, Matt Zabierek
Experts: Prevention of Claxton’s suicide not possible in Conn.; Stamford Advocate; Barry Lytton
Family, friends mourn woman’s death; The Chronicle; Claire Galvin
Norwalk father watches son play in Babe Ruth World Series, an immigration checkpoint changes all; The Hour; Justin Papp

Magazine
Wrongfully imprisoned for 27 Years, Mark Schand is finally living the life he always wanted; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang

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

Broadcast
Cellphone smuggled into juvenile jail; NBC 30; Len Besthoff-Reporter, Jon Wardle-Photographer
Danger in the driver’s seat: Dozens of CT transit drivers report assaults; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, David Michnowicz
Home companion arrest raises questions about hiring process; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Garett Allison
HPD wrong way pursuit; NBC 30; Len Besthoff-Reporter, David Michnowicz-Photographer
Time missing from video used to prosecute Greenwich official in sexual assault case; WNPR; David DesRoches

Data

Regional A
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
CT’s performance on ‘Nation’s Report Card’ doesn’t budge; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Jake Kara
Totals don’t tell full story of drug overdoses; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill
Home prices across Connecticut have failed to recover since peak in 2007; Hartford Courant; Kenneth R. Gosselin
In divided territory, dispute rages on; Hartford Courant; Alex Putterman
Gold Star sees 3 times more crashes in first year of construction; The Day; Lindsay Boyle, Carlos Virgen

Regional B
Where did our love go?; News-Times; Barry Lytton

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

Diversity Coverage

Regional A
A threat of depression: a trigger for toxic stress in children left behind; Connecticut Health I-Team; Sujata Srinivasan
Sickle cell patients suffer as disparities in care and research persist; Connecticut Health I-Team; Peggy McCarthy
Strategic outreach bridging gap in pregnancy-related outcomes; Connecticut Health I-Team; Elizabeth Heubeck
Yale program tackles kids’ obesity by teaching parents healthy eating habits; Connecticut Health I-Team; Cara Rosner
Access to AP courses often elusive for low-income students; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
After tumultuous summer, Hartford police look to hire more minority officers; Hartford Courant; Matthew Ormseth, Jenna Carlesso
Democrats draw heat on diversity of candidates; Hartford Courant; Neil Vigdor
Transgender women worry about access to surgery; New Haven Register; Ed Stannard
Norwich finally will recognize Ellis Ruley; The Day; Claire Bessette

Regional B
Rediscovering Little Liberia in Bridgeport; Fairfield County Business Journal; Phil Hall
Latino students face unique hurdles; Greenwich Time; Jo Kroeker
Black, Hispanic cops a minority on Danbury police force; News-Times; Zach Murdock
A year after Hurricane Maria, residents displaced from Puerto Rico still adjusting; Record-Journal; Jeniece Roman
Law and life undocumented: a Quinnipiac University student’s story; Record-Journal; Lauren Takores

Magazine
Spreading peace: Former gang member’s center focuses on resolving conflict; Hartford Magazine; Matthew Broderick
The spectrum of success; Seasons Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger

Hyperlocal
Parents raise concerns about transgender kids; Branford Eagle; Sally E. Bahner
Darien Dreamer talks of troubling time; Darien News; Humberto Rocha
Branford education board asked to better address district’s LGBTQ policy; The Sound; Pam Johnson
At conservative synagogue, 1,000 show solidarity with Squirrel Hill; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
Essay winners: ‘Taking a knee’ was patriotism in action; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Broadcast
For a teen with Autism, being different was seen as being dangerous; WNPR; David DesRoches

Editorial

Regional A
America’s attitude to racism put to test; Connecticut Post; John Breunig
Arming teachers makes schools more dangerous; Connecticut Post; Jacqueline Smith
Casting light on shadows of 9/11; Connecticut Post; John Breunig
Dealing with the opioid health crisis; Connecticut Post; Jacqueline Smith
Smart guns could satisfy both sides in gun fight; Connecticut Post; John Breunig
You choose: Words that inspire — or inflame?; Connecticut Post; Jacqueline Smith
Elizabeth Esty must resign; Hartford Courant; Stephen Busemeyer
Haddam Selectwoman is owed an apology; Hartford Courant; Stephen Busemeyer
Why, Rhode Island, why?; Hartford Courant; Stephen Busemeyer
High court pick requires scrutiny; Waterbury Republican-American; Matthew Stevens
No parole for Centrella; Waterbury Republican-American; Matthew Stevens
University’s money sieve; Waterbury Republican-American; Matthew Stevens

Regional B
Keeping Sandy Hook investigation secret is inconsistent with democracy; Record-Journal; Glenn Richter
Meriden School Readiness Council operated in secret; Record-Journal; Jeffery Kurz
Fire shows what we’re grateful for; The Chronicle; Michael Lemanski
Unthinkable is now devastatingly routine in schools; The Hour; Nancy Shulins

Hyperlocal
Standing with Hearst in a ‘united defense of the First Amendment’; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Chapman

Editorial Cartoon

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

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

Education

Regional A
How safe are Connecticut students at school?; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
No pressure, but … another principal takes over at Bassick; Connecticut Post; Linda Lambeck
State won’t step in to stop Stratford Academy demagnetization; Connecticut Post; Linda Lambeck
A gritty new lesson in casualty response; Hartford Courant; Mikaela Porter
Connecticut schools try anonymous reporting apps; Hartford Courant; Mikaela Porter
More tech school fallout; Hartford Courant; Jon Lender
Metropolitan Business Academy students show, not tell, on final exam; New Haven Register; Brian Zahn
Students decry anti-Semitism they say is rampant at Amity High; New Haven Register; Pam McLoughlin
Montville school officials’ emails shed light on reaction to classroom fighting; The Day; Benjamin Kail

Regional B
Greenwich schools consider menu overhaul after complaints; Greenwich Time; Jo Kroeker
Sacred Heart Greenwich threatens to ban student over Planned Parenthood sticker; Greenwich Time; Emilie Munson
After being bullied, Molly Deptula, 12, invented a way to catch such tormentors; Journal Inquirer; Jackie Nappo
Connecticut lags in providing school breakfast; News-Times; Julia Perkins
Despite little progress, more efforts underway to recruit minority teachers; News-Times; Zach Murdock
More women than men in life sciences but less in STEM; News-Times; Katrina Koerting
Torrington school officials mum on teacher’s leave; file says conduct with students investigated; Register Citizen; Ben Lambert

Magazine
A leadership boost; Hartford Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger
Rhona Free: On coeducation, risk-taking and social justice; Hartford Magazine; Kathleen Megan

Hyperlocal
Parents banned from eating lunch with children at Darien schools; Darien News; Lynandro Simmons
Jonathan Law limits bathroom access to combat vaping; Milford Mirror; Jill Dion
Mothers blast Norwalk’s new preschool facility; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Chapman
Norwalk Board of Ed retreats to chart path forward; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Chapman
West Rocks controversy intensifies as some cry ‘witch hunt’; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Chapman
Canine search policies emerging across the county; New Canaan News; Humberto Rocha
Town and school officials work to tackle rise in e-cigarette use among teens; The Source; Zoe Roos
Staples students, victims of sexual assault, look to change school policy; Westport News; Justin Papp
At Staples graduation, focus is on growth, not elitism; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio
In wake of anti-semitic chants, safe schools top board agenda; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Broadcast
Cyberthreats become disruption in Connecticut schools; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Garett Allison
The high cost of educating students displaced by Hurricane Maria; NBC 30; Shyang Puri,Garett Allison
Boy meets world; News 12; Marissa Alter, Mark Sogofsky
Are private special ed schools better? An unanswerable question, state audit says; WNPR; David DesRoches
Connecticut’s rural schools get creative to stay viable; WNPR; David DesRoches

Feature Photo

Regional A
A finish line and a starting point; Connecticut Post; Brian Pounds
Carnival ride; Connecticut Post; Brian Pounds
Lemonade 50-cents!; Connecticut Post; Christian Abraham
Aim high; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan
Arbor Day for Maven; Hartford Courant; Patrick Raycraft
Barn reading; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan
Ever cold; Hartford Courant; Patrick Raycraft
Noank light; Hartford Courant; Patrick Raycraft
Sweat and tears; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko
Welcome back; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko
World Cup viewing; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan
Bundled walk; New Haven Register; Peter Hvizdak
Camp No Limits; New Haven Register; Arnold Gold
Easter Bunny; New Haven Register; Arnold Gold
Madison graduation; New Haven Register; Peter Hvizdak
Stilt walker; New Haven Register; Arnold Gold
Bat dance; The Day; Dana Jensen
Cancer wedding; The Day; Sarah Gordon
Fan photo; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Frozen seafood; The Day; Dana Jensen
Grilling in the rain; The Day; Sarah Gordon
Hair flip; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Homecoming proposal; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Lizard encounter; The Day; Dana Jensen
Sunrise ritual; The Day; Sarah Gordon
Last flight on the Liberator; Waterbury Republican-American; Bill Shettle

Regional B
Forward pass; Greenwich Time; Tyler Sizemore
Wild man; Greenwich Time; Tyler Sizemore
Mail roots; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac
Up in the air with acro yoga; Record-Journal; Richie Rathsack
Creating a whirlwind; Stamford Advocate; Matthew Brown
Setting forth; Stamford Advocate; Matthew Brown
Jumping for joy; The Chronicle; Roxanne Pandolfi
Diversity on display at NICE Festival; The Hour; Erik Trautmann
Shipside at the shore; The Hour; Erik Trautmann

Magazine
Still extraordinary after all these years; Seasons Magazine; Stan Godlewski
The Diaper Bank of Connecticut; Seasons Magazine; Tony Bacewicz
The spectrum of success; Seasons Magazine; Allegra Anderson

Hyperlocal
Drawing a crowd; Harbor News; Kelley Fryer
Compo cloud; WestportNow.com; Anna-Liisa Nixon
Compo dawn; WestportNow.com; Mark Molesworth
Greeting daddy; WestportNow.com; Gordon Joseloff
It got late early; WestportNow.com; Helen Klisser During
Sparkling night; WestportNow.com; Gordon Joseloff
Waiting; WestportNow.com; Mark Molesworth

Feature Story

Regional A
Rising rx prices forcing critical choices; states may be last hope for consumers; Connecticut Health I-Team; Sujata Srinivasan
School-based mental health centers play vital role for Hispanic and black students; Connecticut Health I-Team; Cara Rosner
Bravest of the drag queens; Connecticut Post; Michael Mayko
Bridgeport firefighters practice mayday drills every day; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill
Undercover treasure; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
A ‘horrific’ scene unfolds; Hartford Courant; Christine Dempsey
Dancing the night away; Hartford Courant; Matthew Ormseth
From tears to Cinderella at prom; Hartford Courant; David Owens
If these walls could talk; Hartford Courant; Jesse Leavenworth
A year later, a New Haven mother grieves over 14-year-old’s unsolved slaying; New Haven Register; Ed Stannard
Bun Lai, Miya’s forage an international reputation with sustainable sushi and cocktails; New Haven Register; Joe Amarante
Connecticut libraries adapting to community needs; New Haven Register; Viktoria Sundqvist
New Haven philanthropist: ‘I’ve learned a lot about rich people’; New Haven Register; Brian Zahn
Training empowers everyday people to help save lives; New Haven Register; Peter Hvizdak
West Haven’s Savin Rock once ‘Connecticut’s Coney Island’; New Haven Register; Albert Yuravich
Building the Gold Star; The Day; John Ruddy
Celebrating the Armistice; The Day; John Ruddy
Getting back in the saddle; The Day; Karen Florin
An end to the fighting; Waterbury Republican-American; Michael DeGirolamo Jr.
Fighting hate; Waterbury Republican-American; Michael DeGirolamo Jr.

Regional B
Second-hand retailer Euphoria mixes commerce, community; Fairfield County Business Journal; Phil Hall
Coach Matt: To players, recent grad exemplifies Greenwich High Rugby; Greenwich Time; Jo Kroeker
Greenwich citizens face the heat during fire simulation training; Greenwich Time; Jo Kroeker
Concrete crisis joins women; Journal Inquirer; Eric Bedner
Coastal town offers a sheltering sky; News-Times; Rob Ryser
Nativity display, atheist banner spark debate in Bethel; News-Times; Julia Perkins
Gaylord patient joins star-studded cast including Adam Sandler, Chris Rock of Netlfix movie; Record-Journal; Devin Leith-Yessian
Lost, but not forgotten: Meriden’s Vietnam casualties; Record-Journal; Leigh Tauss

Magazine
Is a lost treasure buried in Bridgeport’s Seaside Park?; Connecticut Magazine; Michael Bielawa
The ancient tradition of seeking sanctuary in churches has been reborn in Connecticut; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang
Hartford landfill: Transformed from Mount “Trashmore” to a haven for wildlife; Hartford Magazine; David Holahan
Service dog frauds: The safety of truly dependent people could be at risk; Hartford Magazine; Leonard Felson
Talking with the bear: The million-pound man, Jamie McDonald of Bear’s Smokehouse; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper
A room of their own: Local couple’s efforts provide peace and comfort in difficult times; Seasons Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger
An evolving story: Read to Grow’s mission and impact keep growing; Seasons Magazine; Amy J. Barry
Coming to America; Seasons Magazine; Sarah Wesley Lemire
Music Haven tunes in to New Haven’s neediest kids; Seasons Magazine; Amy J. Barry

Hyperlocal
Whimsical trail brings hope to Belltown; Glastonbury Citizen – Rivereast News Bulletin; Elizabeth Regan
Quite a find: Stone tools estimated at more than one million years old; Milford Mirror; Jill Dion
Ballet star and Soviet defector finds welcoming home, rising talent in Norwalk; NancyonNorwalk; Rachel Baron
Race. Wreck. Fix. Repeat; The Source; Pem McNerney
Grand marshal Larry Aasen on war and remembrance; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Broadcast
Hating on CT; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Garett Allison
Rejected: Vanity license plates you won’t see on the road; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Jon Wardle
A new normal; News 12; Marissa Alter, Jim Mennino
Ethan’s last homerun; News 12; Suzanne Goldklang, Robert Cook
Ice breaker; News 12; Mark Sudol
Jake; News 12; Lauren Fabrizi, Matt Grindle, Lori Golias
Mysterious suitcase helps Connecticut man discover his grandfather’s WWII service; WNPR; David DesRoches
Puppies raised in prison go on to help disabled veterans; WNPR; David DesRoches

General Column

Regional A
Mothers are dying in childbirth; why isn’t anyone talking about it?; Connecticut Health I-Team; Susan Campbell
Disenfranchising felons from the vote isn’t just wrong; it’s dumb; Connecticut Mirror; Chandra Bozelko
Governor Malloy, you can grant parolees the right to vote; Connecticut Mirror; Chandra Bozelko
Local journalism then and now; Connecticut Mirror; David Holahan
On Memorial Day, reverence and sadness; Connecticut Mirror; David Holahan
The extraordinary life of Les Payne; Connecticut Mirror; David Holahan
Hello, it’s time to fight hate; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
Politically, a dead man walking?; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
Side issues are the economy; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar
Ten years after Lehman Brothers, the American Empire is (still) fading; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar
The ballad of the Depression Kid; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
The gun industry’s ho-hum approach to 3D printing; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar
I lived in Africa, the President has no idea; Hartford Courant; Rand Richards Cooper
Jon Lender: $480K for blocks of color on UConn lobby’s wall; Hartford Courant; Jon Lender
State Rep Angel Arce urged to resign following questions about text exchanges; Hartford Courant; Jon Lender
Connecticut Landmarks neglects 1700s Stonington house, despite endowment; The Day; David Collins

Regional B
How Hartford shafts brutality victims, cops and citizens at large; Inquiring News; Andy Thibault
The downfall of Elizabeth Esty; News-Times; Jacqueline Smith
Wayne LaPierre, how dare you?; News-Times; Jacqueline Smith
When a Welcome Center is anything but; News-Times; Jacqueline Smith
Newsrooms unite in support of a free press; Record-Journal; Jeffery Kurz
We could sure use Lincoln today; Record-Journal; Jeffery Kurz
Birth mother vs. bio mother; Stamford Advocate; Deborah DiSesa Hirsch
Empty nest, packed emotions; Stamford Advocate; Deborah DiSesa Hirsch
Ex-judge guilty of bad judgment; Stamford Advocate; John Breunig
News events stir darkest thoughts; Stamford Advocate; Deborah DiSesa Hirsch
Nimble numbers on salary chart; Stamford Advocate; John Breunig
Through the looking glass of news coverage; Stamford Advocate; Barry Lytton

Magazine
In our midst: Garage of dreams; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper
In our midst: How she heals; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper
In our midst: Key man; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper

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

Government

Regional A
CT’s legacy of debt; Connecticut Mirror; Keith Phaneuf
In this neighborhood, at least, no one says no to Joe Ganim; Connecticut Mirror; Mark Pazniokas
Stefanowski’s last employer is barred here. Does it matter?; Connecticut Mirror; Mark Pazniokas
Audit: state agency inflated job creation; Connecticut Post; Bill Cummings
Documents detail $35,500 in off-the-books scrap sales; Connecticut Post; Brian Lockhart
Malloy myth is dead wrong; he slashed state spending; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar
Officials skip beach event; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
State pension funds invested in gun makers; Connecticut Post; Bill Cummings
State Police, mental health workers, make highest overtime pay; Connecticut Post; Emilie Munson
Two state bills tackle sex harassment; Connecticut Post; Emilie Munson
Why Connecticut can’t adopt big economic reforms; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar
City of broken stuff; Hartford Courant; Matthew Ormseth
Connecticut politics take a toxic turn; Hartford Courant; Neil Vigdor
New debate stirs over Hartford’s residency requirement; Hartford Courant; Jenna Carlesso, Vinny Vella
Aiming to inflate safety, towns deal a blow to ‘tube men’; The Day; Erica Moser
An optimist among the city’s empty storefronts; The Day; Greg Smith

Regional B
Prison health care compromised; Journal Inquirer; Will Healey
Overtime pays for Danbury cop shortage; News-Times; Dirk Perrefort
Draft decision finds state police violated FOI with two-year records wait; Record-Journal; Mike Savino, Lauren Sellew
Stefanowski campaign requests challengers at polls; Record-Journal; Mike Savino
Developer BLT seeks new tax district to expand footprint in Stamford neighborhood; Stamford Advocate; Barry Lytton

Magazine
A day in the life; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper 

Hyperlocal
Fewer Republicans, more Democrats could be signs of a coming blue wave; Darien News; Lynandro Simmons
East Hampton hub ballots destroyed, questions remain; Glastonbury Citizen – Rivereast News Bulletin; Elizabeth Regan
Six streets, three names: Saybrook eyes a switch; Harbor News; Aviva Luria
Norwalk wired $900K to scammers; may settle reimbursement lawsuit; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Chapman

Broadcast
Structurally deficient bridges in Connecticut at risk for closure; NBC 30; Shyang Puri, Garett Allison
Tenant troubles; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Katherine Loy, Garett Allison
Haskell wins; News 12; Marissa Alter, Jim Meninno
Connecticut has given private schools over $3M in public cash for security upgrades; WNPR; David DesRoches

Headline

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

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

Magazine
Super bowl/Savage garden/The Twain you shall meet; Connecticut Magazine; Albert Yuravich

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

Health

Regional A
ADHD drug use rises sharply among young women; Connecticut Health I-Team; Cara Rosner
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
HPV-related cancer rates outpace vaccine rates; Connecticut Health I-Team; Cara Rosner
Street medicine: Helping the homeless where they live; Connecticut Health I-Team; Steve Hamm
Threat of deportation: A trigger for toxic stress in children left behind; Connecticut Health I-Team; Sujata Srinivasan
Connecticut’s elusive health information exchange; Connecticut Mirror; Julia Werth
The 1918 flu pandemic: Could it happen today?; Connecticut Post; Amanda Cuda
Fil Montanye, breast cancer survivor; Hartford Courant; Theresa Sullivan Barger
Former Middletown swimmer putting a face to PTSD; Hartford Courant; Rebecca Lurye
From tears to Cinderella at prom; Hartford Courant; David Owens
Jackson Lab goes all in on mice; Hartford Courant; Stephen Singer
Living with metastatic breast cancer; Hartford Courant; Theresa Sullivan Barger
PrEP could help end new HIV infections completely, but barriers remain; New Haven Register; Brian Zahn
Stroke victims can receive treatment up to 24 hours later; New Haven Register; Ed Stannard
Suicidal man kills himself after hospital discharges him; New Haven Register; Ed Stannard

Regional B
New Bicentennial Pond Universal Trail is designed for those with limited mobility; Connecticut Times; Corey Sipe
New FDA focus on homeopathy raises concern among practitioners; Fairfield County Business Journal; Phil Hall
Every time they shoot up could be the last; Journal Inquirer; Zachary F. Vasile
After surviving teenage suicide attempt, Wallingford woman creating awareness; Record-Journal; Mary Ellen Godin
Former lawyer, convict, helps addicts recover; Record-Journal; Mary Ellen Godin

Magazine
Psychedelic drugs show promise for treatment of PTSD; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang
A doctor in your phone; Hartford Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger
Smarter diets; Hartford Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger

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

Broadcast
Dirty school air; NBC 30; Len Besthoff-Reporter, David Michnowicz-Photographer, Garett Allison-Photographer
Laser hair removal services; NBC 30; Sandra Jones
Nailed by complaints: Issues plaguing Connecticut nail salons; NBC 30; Shyang Puri

Humorous Column

Regional A
Here’s my beef: Fast food debacle sends writer on quest; Connecticut Post; Amanda Cuda
Understudies fail to shine with the same script; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
Where do they get the notion?; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
You’re in the bathroom, get off your phone; Hartford Courant; Rand Richards Cooper

Regional B
Sears was the Amazon of its time; Record-Journal; Glenn Richter
The worst drivers in the galaxy are from Massachusetts; Record-Journal; Glenn Richter
Isn’t It Romantic?; Stamford Advocate; Jerry Zezima
News cycle sets Kid’s wheels turning; Stamford Advocate; John Breunig
Out to lunch at Victoria’s Secret; Stamford Advocate; Jerry Zezima
A job performance that comes naturally; The Chronicle; Traci Hastings
Sofa, I need to move on to another; The Chronicle; Traci Hastings

Magazine
If the shoe fits; Hartford Magazine; Sarah Wesley Lemire
Me time; Hartford Magazine; Sarah Wesley Lemire
The cargument; Hartford Magazine; Sarah Wesley Lemire
A clean break; Seasons Magazine; Matthew Dicks
A day to forgive; Seasons Magazine; Matthew Dicks
Gooey goodness; Seasons Magazine; Matthew Dicks

Hyperlocal
Matter of opinion; Stamford Magazine; Beth Levine
Crocodile tears, laughs and old-time politicking; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

In-Depth

Regional A
Consumers feel sticker shock as out-of-pocket health care costs rise; Connecticut Health I-Team; Sujata Srinivasan
Outreach programs target asthma hot spots, but more help is needed; Connecticut Health I-Team; Steve Hamm
Staffing levels, culture challenge quality of nursing home care; Connecticut Health I-Team; Cara Rosner
Pressing question for CT: A state tax break for private school tuition?; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
‘Not politically correct’; Gov candidate Lumaj is hard to pin down; Connecticut Post; Kaitlyn Krasselt
Connecticuts road to tolls goes through RI; Connecticut Post; Bill Cummings
Ganim taps local, family money for gubernatorial war chest; Connecticut Post; Brian Lockhart
Lumaj gave campaign funds to a charity based in his law office; Connecticut Post; Kaitlyn Krasselt
Pension push coming to shove; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
A killer’s obsession: Writings outline descent into darkness, despair; Hartford Courant; Josh Kovner, Dave Altimari
Jon Lender: Who is this ‘Jessica Monroe’? Does she exist? Or, police ask, is she Jon Landry?; Hartford Courant; Jon Lender
Life in a cult: fear, abuse; Hartford Courant; David Owens
Nearly three quarters of Hartford children live in areas with high rates of gun violence; Hartford Courant; Rebecca Lurye
UConn School Of Medicine Professor Dr. Pierluigi Bigazzi found dead, Wife charged with murder; Hartford Courant; Dave Altimari, David Owens
With soccer dreams shattered, Mitchell Anderson to be sentenced for Dillon Stadium fraud; Hartford Courant; Jenna Carlesso, Matthew Kauffman
Immigrants shaped New Haven of today; New Haven Register; Brian Zahn
New Haven was birth place of the modern telephone; New Haven Register; Viktoria Sundqvist
Transportation key to region’s past and future; New Haven Register; Ed Stannard
Scientists, offshore wind developer look to minimize marine life impacts; The Day; Benjamin Kail
An East Lyme family’s honest obituary; The Day; Lindsay Boyle
Left behind: Navy families navigate life at home; The Day; Julia Bergman

Regional B
Four takeaways from Cyber Risk Insights Conference for businesses and consumers; Connecticut Times; Corey Sipe
Report: More Greenwich families struggling financially; Greenwich Time; Hannah Dellinger
Ousted residents never had their say; Journal Inquirer; Will Healey
Man shot by Meriden police says he was racially profiled and felt threatened by undercover unit; Record-Journal; Matt Zabierek
Maintenance deferred: Without funding, problems can grow like … mold; Stamford Advocate; Erin Kayata
Opioid crisis fuels massive litigation against Purdue Pharma; Stamford Advocate; Paul Schott
An unforgettable fire; The Chronicle; Ekaterine Tchelidze
Cop shot in on-duty accident denied workers’ compensation; The Hour; Pat Tomlinson
In historically poor neighborhoods, success is elusive; The Hour; Justin Papp

Magazine
The battle to preserve Plum Island; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang
King’s death sparked riots in Hartford 50 years ago: A look at the lasting effects; Hartford Magazine; David Holahan
State of the state’s environment: Concerns include pollution, pesticides, weaker enforcement; Hartford Magazine; David Holahan
From Sound to source; Seasons Magazine; Donna Caruso-Bowden
New Haven heroes; Seasons Magazine; Jodie Mozdzer Gil, Cindy Simoneau
Summer of discontent; Seasons Magazine; James Battaglio

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

Broadcast
A nightmare at sea; NBC 30; Sandra Jones
Bear hunt in CT?; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Garett Allison
Consignment shop sold; NBC 30; Sandra Jones
Firefighter PTSD; NBC 30; Len Besthoff-Reporter, David Michnowicz, Jon Wardle
The push for ‘green’ cemeteries in Connecticut; NBC 30; Dan Corcoran, Jon Wardle

Infographic Design

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

Magazine
Apples to apples; Connecticut Magazine; Greg Moody
Recycling: In or out?; Connecticut Magazine; Greg Moody

Infographic Reporting

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

Investigative

Regional A
Nurses’ drug abuse top cause of disciplining, but once sober, some nurses get relicensed; Connecticut Health I-Team; Kate Farrish, Carl Jordan Castro
Staffing levels, culture challenge quality of nursing home care; Connecticut Health I-Team; Cara Rosner
Denied: A look into inmate healthcare; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Clarice Silber
Connecticut’s aging gas lines cause concern; Connecticut Post; Bill Cummings
Ex-justices aided GOP strategt vs. McDonald; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
Not politically correct governor candidate; Connecticut Post; Kaitlyn Krasselt
Race for Gov; contrast of words, business; business record under scrutiny; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon
Scrutiny of corrections officers rattles Connecticut’ prisons; Connecticut Post; Bill Cummings
Wealthy parents boost Joe Ganim’s fortunes; Connecticut Post; Brian Lockhart
A killer’s obsession: Writings outline descent into darkness, despair; Hartford Courant; Josh Kovner, Dave Altimari
Council’s food bill tops $2,500; Hartford Courant; Steven Goode
Texts, lies and videotape; Waterbury Republican-American; Jonathan Shugarts

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

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

Broadcast
Letters from Whiting; NBC 30; Len Besthoff-Reporter, Jon Wardle-Photographer, Matthew Glasser-Producer
Mortuary mixup; NBC 30; Sandra Jones
Nailed by complaints: Issues plaguing Connecticut nail salons; NBC 30; Shyang Puri
For a teen with Autism, being different was seen as being dangerous; WNPR; David DesRoches
Greenwich employee details retaliation and betrayal two years after alleged assault; WNPR; David DesRoches

Leisure

Regional A
A fresh start 27 years later; Hartford Courant; Don Stacom
Carbone’s celebrates 80 years as landmark; Hartford Courant; Leeanne Griffin
Homecoming of sorts for Danny Meyer; Hartford Courant; Leeanne Griffin
What makes a great fried clam?; The Day; Mary Biekert

Regional B
Much to see for all ages at Railroad Museum & enjoy the Rails to Trails on Connecticut Trails Day; Neighbors Paper; Corey Sipe

Magazine
Perfectly imperfect heirloom apples are making a comeback; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang
At home in the kitchen: Top chefs share their secrets; Hartford Magazine; Kelly Vaughan
Barbecue – Hot stuff: Your guide to everything smoky, saucy and sloppy; Hartford Magazine; Kelly Vaughan
Barcelona – Walking the city: Its riches unfold for travelers on foot; Hartford Magazine; Joan DeNatale Green and Rick Green
Block Island: Little island of God; Hartford Magazine; Sarah Wesley Lemire
Grand Canyon or bust: 900 miles through the splendid southwest; Hartford Magazine; Sarah Wesley Lemire
Scarborough Farm: Historic Hartford garden now In Smithsonian archives; Hartford Magazine; Nancy Schoeffler
Seaside swirl; Hartford Magazine; Nancy Schoeffler, Maria Valentino
The Flying Monkey; Hartford Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper
The village of Sleepy Hollow: A heady October getaway; Hartford Magazine; Sarah Wesley Lemire
An ode to pasta; Seasons Magazine; Alycia Chrosniak
Faux ceviche; Seasons Magazine; Prudence Sloane
Literary landmarks; Seasons Magazine; Lori Miller Kase

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

Broadcast
Food and fun; News 12; Sean McCabe, Nina Kapur, Christopher Wood

Local Reporting

Regional A
2014 stabbing death of Melissa Millan; Hartford Courant; Dave Altimari, David Owens, Nicholas Rondinone
New debate stirs over Hartford’s residency requirement; Hartford Courant; Jenna Carlesso, Vinny Vella
Official takes a knee; Hartford Courant; Daniela Altimari
Scary bear encounters; Hartford Courant; Christine Dempsey
School officers must walk a fine line; Hartford Courant; Jesse Leavenworth
The Artists Collective, Hartford’s storied north end arts group, makes a final push for survival; Hartford Courant; Jenna Carlesso, Susan Dunne
Timeline of a drowning; Hartford Courant; Matthew Ormseth
For domestic violence survivors, homelessness can be fear, reality; New Haven Register; Brian Zahn
The tale of two crashes; The Day; Benjamin Kail

Regional B
Analysis: The battle for the 150th came down to Byram; Greenwich Time; Hannah Dellinger
It’s in God’s hands; Journal Inquirer; Tim Leininger and Jackie Nappo
Homeless: A life and death in Danbury; News-Times; Zach Murdock
Towns struggle with cost of removing ash trees killed by invasive pest; News-Times; Katrina Koerting
Former Klan leader second in command of Wallingford VFW post; Record-Journal; Matt Zabierek
Meriden hires auditor after clerical error leads to $3.4m in uncollected taxes; Record-Journal; Mary Ellen Godin
Study: Westover should have been tested for mold in 2009; Stamford Advocate; Erin Kayata
Local firefighter’s near death sparks vital discussions; The Chronicle; Michelle Firestone
Social workers: Fostering love; The Chronicle; Ekaterine Tchelidze, Claire Galvin
Remaining Washington Village residents struggle with deteriorating conditions; The Hour; Justin Papp

Hyperlocal
Bluepoint Wellness: Marijuana as blueprint for pain control; Branford Eagle; Sally E. Bahner
Hallelujah ban angers Sliney parents, children; Branford Eagle; Sally E. Bahner
Airbnb regulation blasted as ‘political’; Glastonbury Citizen – Rivereast News Bulletin; Elizabeth Regan
City reacts to increase in homeless population; Milford Mirror; Jill Dion
South Norwalkers report sewage pit, rats, gas leak at Washington Village; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Chapman
Residents grapple with salty wells; News-Times; Katrina Koerting
A major problem at the 11th hour for Scranton Library; The Source; Zoe Roos
500 Main St.: Why has “the most dangerous intersection in Westport” never been fixed?; Westport News; Sophie Vaughn
Westport restaurant removes racially insensitive drink from menu; Westport News; Sophie Vaughn

Broadcast
Condo chaos; NBC 30; Sandra Jones
Crumbling concrete & grand lists; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, David Michnowicz
About time; News 12; Sean McCabe, Christopher Wood, Lori Golias
Young journalist; News 12; John Craven, Christopher Wood
Proposal to turn rock quarry into reservoir faces mountain of opposition; WNPR; Patrick Skahill

News Photo

Regional A
A deepening crisis; Connecticut Post; Brian Pounds
Bitter rivals; Connecticut Post; Dan Haar
Boy drowns in Bridgeport backyard pool.; Connecticut Post; Christian Abraham
Community and school confront gun violence.; Connecticut Post; Ned Gerard
Eternal unrest at Park Cemetery; Connecticut Post; Christian Abraham
Crash scene; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko
Freedom; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan
Jahana Hayes wins; Hartford Courant; Patrick Raycraft
Lucky shots; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko
Missing girls remembered; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan
Perfect match; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan
Police officer steps in; Hartford Courant; Patrick Raycraft
Respect and shame; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko
Student walkout; Hartford Courant; Patrick Raycraft
Drugs on the Green; New Haven Register; Peter Hvizdak
First selectman split; New Haven Register; Arnold Gold
March for our Lives; New Haven Register; Arnold Gold
Candlelight vigil; The Day; Sarah Gordon
Car fire; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Immigration rally; The Day; Dana Jensen
Leaving Sanctuary; The Day; Sarah Gordon
Murder victim vigil; The Day; Dana Jensen
Pledge protest; The Day; Sarah Gordon
Quilt of valor; The Day; Dana Jensen
Street flooding; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Tearful testimony; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Driver disrupts crash site; Waterbury Republican-American; Jim Shannon
Factory ravaged by fire; Waterbury Republican-American; Jim Shannon
Fire destroys ‘everything’; Waterbury Republican-American; Jonathan Shugarts
Firefighter’s shadow at three-alarm blaze; Waterbury Republican-American; Bruno Matarazzo Jr.
Hayes defeats Glassman; Waterbury Republican-American; Steven Valenti

Regional B
Jahana Hayes makes history; News-Times; H. John Voorhees III
Lockdown at WCSU was false alarm; News-Times; H. John Voorhees III
Grabbing some gear after the storm; Record-Journal; Richie Rathsack
Police train for a school shooting response; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac
A high tech holiday; The Chronicle; Amar Batra
Automotive inferno; The Chronicle; Lulu Rodriguez
Four responders of fire apocalypse; The Chronicle; Roxanne Pandolfi
Fewer Norwalkers work in home city; The Hour; Erik Trautmann
Service ackowledged; The Hour; Erik Trautmann

Hyperlocal
We need change; The Source; Kelley Fryer
A wave goodbye; WestportNow.com; Gordon Joseloff
Catching a cop; WestportNow.com; Gordon Joseloff
Sad afternoon; WestportNow.com; Dave Matlow

Non-Page 1 Layout

Regional A
UConn basketball preview; Connecticut Post; Chris McNamee
Enough; Hartford Courant; Chris Moore
Pups that paint; Hartford Courant; Molly Arnio
Searching for success; Hartford Courant; Chris Moore
Suds & songs; Hartford Courant; Chris Moore
Paradise blue; New Haven Register; Sue Nusbaum
Punch up your picnic; New Haven Register; Lynn Schnier
Season’s sweetings; New Haven Register; Lynn Schnier
‘They told me not to go’; New Haven Register; Lynn Schnier
Echoes; The Day; Maria Reagan
Grain fed, pasture raised; The Day; Scott Ritter
The sad tale of our Dark Knight; The Day; Scott Ritter
Vintage mania; The Day; Maria Reagan

Regional B
Clash of the quarterback titans; Greenwich Time; Chris McNamee
Greenwich Town Party; Greenwich Time; Sue Nusbaum
Big 10 bound: Berlin native Burby signs letter of intent to play for Rutgers; New Britain Herald; David Glovach
Crews to the rescue; News-Times; Sue Nusbaum

Magazine
How to beach – Non-page1 layout; Hartford Magazine; Christopher Moore
The ultimate “Hamilton” quiz: Non-page 1 layout; Hartford Magazine; Christopher Moore

Page 1 Layout

Regional A
New Haven Top 50; New Haven Register; Alyson Bowman
All but forgotten; The Day; Melissa Johnson, Jacinta Meyers
Arts by the numbers; The Day; Maria Reagan
We the people …; Waterbury Republican-American; Jim Flynn

Regional B
Greenwich Time A1 12.2.18; Greenwich Time; Lynn Schnier
Ship wrecked; Greenwich Time; Sue Nusbaum
News-Times A1 10.27.18; News-Times; Lynn Schnier
News-Times A1 10.28.18; News-Times; Lynn Schnier
An unforgettable fire; The Chronicle; Jennifer Lemanski
National Walkout Day: Stop spilling our blood; The Chronicle; Lauren Flaum
The year that was; The Hour; Sue Nusbaum

Magazine
Cover: The changing city; Hartford Magazine; Christopher Moore
Inspired: A renaissance of young artists – Page 1 layout; Hartford Magazine; Christopher Moore, Patrick Raycraft
Top chefs share secrets – page 1/cover layout; Hartford Magazine; Christopher Moore, Patrick Raycraft

Photo Essay

Regional A
The year in photos; Connecticut Post; Brian Pounds
Convention season; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko
Courtroom anger in aftermath of Enfield murder; Hartford Courant; Patrick Raycraft
Farm family tradition ends with an auction, and tears; Hartford Courant; Patrick Raycraft
Finding sanctuary; Hartford Courant; Patrick Raycraft
Year of the dog; New Haven Register; Sue Nusbaum, Peter Hvizdak
Gun rights rally; The Day; Dana Jensen
Holding down the homefront; The Day; Sarah Gordon
Pointe shoe fitting; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Shearing the Sheep; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Swabs report in; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Underwater hockey; The Day; Sarah Gordon

Regional B
Lighting the sky; Greenwich Time; Tyler Sizemore
Snowclone; Greenwich Time; Sue Nusbaum, Tyler Sizemore
Crews to the rescue; News-Times; Sue Nusbaum, Christian Abraham
Dance of the ages; News-Times; H. John Voorhees III
SoNo Community Association Thankgiving; The Hour; Erik Trautmann

Magazine
Our changing city; Hartford Magazine; Nancy Schoeffler, Cloe Poisson, Chris Moore
Going all in on New Haven’s future; Seasons Magazine; Stan Godlewski
Mind, body & soul: mActivity is a different kind of fitness center; Seasons Magazine; Stan Godlewski
New perspective: Former Elm City mayor John DeStefano, Jr. is looking to the future; Seasons Magazine; Tony Bacewicz
The raw, the cooked, the bowls and the boiling; Seasons Magazine; Nick Caito
Weekend away in style; Seasons Magazine; Todd Fairchild

Hyperlocal
Women’s marches: Power to the polls; Branford Eagle; Sally E. Bahner
Marching Bears hold Spirit Night; NancyonNorwalk; Bob Welsh
Pride in the Park draws thousands to Norwalk; NancyonNorwalk; Bob Welsh
Scenes from SoNo ArtsFest 2018; NancyonNorwalk; Nancy Chapman, Bob Welsh
Gallery: Washington ‘March for Our Lives’ rally; WestportNow.com; Helen Klisser During
Gallery: Westport candlelight march; WestportNow.com; Gordon Joseloff, Dave Matlow, Lynn U. Miller, J.C. Martin

Religion

Regional A
Breast cancer survivor; Hartford Courant; Theresa Sullivan Barger
Painstaking, sacred work; Hartford Courant; Jordan Otero Sisson
In Connecticut, private schools don’t have to teach reading, math; New Haven Register; Ed Stannard
Fighting deportation, couple stays at church; The Day; Erica Moser

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

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

Broadcast
Church loses faith in contractor; NBC 30; Sandra Jones
Stations of the cross; News 12; Frank Recchia, Mark Sogofsky

Reporting Series

Regional A
Connecticut’s vanishing shoreline; Connecticut Mirror; Jan Ellen Spiegel
Extreme inequality: Connecticut’s wealth dilemma; Connecticut Mirror; Keith Phaneuf, Clarice Silber, Jake Kara
Connecticut cold cases; Connecticut Post; Tara O’Neill
New Haven Top 50; New Haven Register; New Haven Register Staff
Helping hands; The Day; Julia Bergman, Amanda Hutchinson, Kimberly Drelich, Karen Florin, Erica Moser, Mary Biekert

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

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

Broadcast
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
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
Luis Angel Rosa Jr.- The kind warrior lives on; Connecticut Post; Jeff Jacobs
As records fall at girls State Open track, debate rages over transgender issue; GameTimeCT.com; Jeff Jacobs
Baseball helps put a Song in Evan’s broken heart; GameTimeCT.com; Jeff Jacobs
A role model, flaws and all; Hartford Courant; Mike Anthony
Family, legacy led Dan Hurley to UConn; Hartford Courant; Dom Amore
For Lindy Remigino, 10 seconds of Olympic glory translated into a lifetime of transforming lives; Hartford Courant; Lori Riley
Legend hasn’t missed a beat; Hartford Courant; Dom Amore
Ollie doesn’t deserve to be exiled forever; Hartford Courant; Mike Anthony
Whalers night just fell flat; Hartford Courant; Mike Anthony

Regional B
Culture change: New Britain football sees recent season as strong building block for program; New Britain Herald; David Glovach
Trust has been just as important as talent for Berlin football this season; New Britain Herald; David Glovach
Clyde Washburn: A life well lived; The Chronicle; Mike Sypher

Sports Feature

Regional A
Rowing opens opportunities, especially for female athletes; Connecticut Post; Doug Bonjour
UConn’s Molly Bent finds motivation by watching younger sister with Down syndrome; Connecticut Post; Doug Bonjour
Epic rock-paper-scissors battle settles SCC baseball quarterfinal matchup; GameTimeCT.com; Pete Pagagua
The growing pressure and demands of coaching each year lead to some asking: ‘Is it even worth it?’; GameTimeCT.com; Doug Bonjour
Driven to win on the court; Hartford Courant; Kelli Stacy
ESPN’s bald mountain; Hartford Courant; Alex Putterman
Grandest goal; Hartford Courant; Shawn McFarland
Next generation of champion water-skiers taking flight in Avon Pond; Hartford Courant; Lori Riley
Connecticut players starring for Division I teams across the nation; New Haven Register; David Borges
Football: UConn receiver Kyle Buss inspired, empowered by his mother’s memory; New Haven Register; Jim Fuller
UConn’s Dan Hurley, Arizona State’s Bobby Hurley bonded by brotherhood and basketball; New Haven Register; David Borges
Amby Burfoot is giving it another go; The Day; Steve Fagin
For Stonington’s Candelet, it’s what you’d call a dream; The Day; Vickie Fulkerson
The comeback kid; Waterbury Republican-American; Mark Jaffee

Regional B
GHS hockey’s Mozian back from surgeries and scoring again; Greenwich Time; David Fierro
Sacred Heart’s Ryan Smith, an athlete for all seasons; Greenwich Time; David Fierro
‘I’ve never been a quitter,’ says ex-NFL player Amari Spievey; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day
Bessette to make UFC debut in Boston at TD Garden; New Britain Herald; David Glovach
Biggest victory: After beating cancer, football more than game for New Britain’s Hernandez; New Britain Herald; David Glovach
Right place, right time: Plainville grad gets unexpected shot with New Britain Bees; New Britain Herald; Paul Angilly
Two managers with autism ‘mean everything’ to Maloney football team; Record-Journal; Matt Zabierek
Season-ending injury cannot keep Kellner out of gym; Stamford Advocate; Scott Ericson
Gomez garners prestigious honor; The Chronicle; Richard Zalusky

Magazine
At UConn, Dan Hurley is taking on “the ultimate challenge”; Connecticut Magazine; David Borges
For Anne Worcester, this tennis tournament is a labor of love; Connecticut Magazine; Paul Doyle
Enjoying the ride; Seasons Magazine; Matthew Broderick

Hyperlocal
Remembering Frank ‘Coach’ Crisafi; East Haven Courier; PJ Foti
‘A very rewarding journey’; Glastonbury LIFE; Mara Dresner
A look into the conditioning of modern-day student-athletes; Guilford Courier; John Lecardo
Adakonis go-karts his way to top national ranking; Ridgefield Press; Tim Murphy

Broadcast
A life saving gift; News 12; Mark Sudol, Robert Cook
Big dreams; News 12; Lauren Fabrizi, Keith Sunthorn

Sports News

Regional A
Enfield football honors dead teammate; GameTimeCT.com; Paul Doyle
Coaches, parents question policy for high school transgender athletes; Hartford Courant; Lori Riley
Historically low attendance at UConn; Hartford Courant; Kelli Stacy
Playing with risk; Hartford Courant; Alex Putterman
Silence for slain teammate; Hartford Courant; Kelli Stacy, Mikaela Porter
AAC upcoming TV deal will have huge ramifications for UConn, league; New Haven Register; David Borges
Elmira, N.Y. community turns out to support UConn linebacker Eli Thomas; New Haven Register; Jim Fuller
Mike Olt promises to hit home run for ailing mother — and delivers; New Haven Register; David Borges
NCAA investigating UConn men; New Haven Register; Jeff Jacobs
New UConn men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley is exactly where he wants to be; New Haven Register; David Borges
Positionless basketball on display when rivals UConn, Notre Dame meet in Final Four; New Haven Register; Jim Fuller
WNBA stars unite for unforgettable birthday for 12-year-old fan; New Haven Register; Jim Fuller

Regional B
Barber, Muir unstoppable as Greenwich shuts out New Canaan for CIAC Class LL state title; Greenwich Time; David Fierro
Brusnwick’s Cornelius Johnson chooses Michigan; Greenwich Time; David Fierro
Big names don’t disappoint in opening round of Travelers Championship; New Britain Herald; David Glovach
Gunn’s three touchdowns spark New Britain football over South Windsor, moves to 3-0; New Britain Herald; David Glovach
‘Small ball’ has big results for Bristol Junior American Legion Baseball team; New Britain Herald; Paul Angilly

Hyperlocal
Simsbury tops Avon for fifth straight win and Valley Gridiron Classic; CollinsvillePress.com; Gerry deSimas, Jr.
Old Saybrook boys’ soccer edges Morgan, 2-1, for first state title since 1983; Harbor News; Chris Negrini
North Haven softball claims first SCC title with 12-8 win over Amity; North Haven Courier; Chris Piccirillo
Alfredo finds success as rookie in NASCAR series; Ridgefield Press; Tim Murphy
Seter goes from football toss to spot on Georgia roster; Ridgefield Press; Tim Murphy
Trailblazer: Gaughran is first girl on Ridgefield LL travel team; Ridgefield Press; Tim Murphy

Sports Photo

Regional A
Fairfield Prep rallies to beat Shelton.; Connecticut Post; Christian Abraham
Hockey sketch; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko
Husky hockey; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan
Leap of faith; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko
Like father, like son; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko
Listen to the coach; Hartford Courant; Patrick Raycraft
Reach for the win; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan
Rory takes a look; Hartford Courant; Patrick Raycraft
Top of the heap; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan
Flying; New Haven Register; Arnold Gold
Hall defeats St. Luke’s; New Haven Register; Peter Hvizdak
Hand touchdown; New Haven Register; Peter Hvizdak
Hand vs. Windsor; New Haven Register; Peter Hvizdak
Ice hockey celebration; New Haven Register; Arnold Gold
Championship goal; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Floor fight; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Goalie save; The Day; Sarah Gordon
Out at home; The Day; Dana Jensen
Safe at home; The Day; Dana Jensen
Three and one; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Touchdown dive; The Day; Dana Jensen
No. 1 Ansonia suffers heartbreaking loss; Waterbury Republican-American; Bill Shettle
The fighting Panthers; Waterbury Republican-American; Jim Shannon
Up and over; Waterbury Republican-American; Bill Shettle

Regional B
Brunswick wrestlers win town crown; Greenwich Time; H. John Voorhees III
Cards top Darien in season opener; Greenwich Time; Tyler Sizemore
Greenwich 34, New Canaan 0; Greenwich Time; H. John Voorhees III
Sarcone ends with a flourish; Greenwich Time; Tyler Sizemore
Catching some air during Snocross; Record-Journal; Justin Weekes
Getting some air for an interception; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac
Powder Puff takedown; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac
Bognon lifts New Canaan; Stamford Advocate; Matthew Brown
Jordan tosses a gem; Stamford Advocate; Matthew Brown
Not as close as once thought; Stamford Advocate; H. John Voorhees III

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

Video Storytelling

Regional A
Street medicine: Helping the homeless where they live; Connecticut Health I-Team; Steve Hamm
2018 Class LL Football Championship preview: Greenwich New Canaan; GameTimeCT.com; Sean Bowley
Class L football preview; GameTimeCT.com; Pete Pagagua
Class S football preview; GameTimeCT.com; Pete Pagagua
From Friday lights to klieg lights, Sheehan’s Bogan stars on any stage; GameTimeCT.com; Pete Pagagua
Controlled burn; Hartford Courant; Patrick Raycraft
Ella; Hartford Courant; Patrick Raycraft
End of an era at Greenbacker Farm in Durham; Hartford Courant; Patrick Raycraft
George Willard Coy and the first commercial telephone exchange; New Haven Register; Viktoria Sundqvist
Brian Merritt: From guitar player to guitar maker; The Day; Peter Huoppi
Make Music Day; The Day; Rick Koster, Peter Huoppi
New Johnny 5 reunite; The Day; Peter Huoppi, Rick Koster
Queen for a night; The Day; Tim Cook
Remembering Sgt. Grotjan; The Day; Tim Cook
Sanctuary church in Old Lyme; The Day; Tim Cook

Regional B
Christmas season brings Harry Potter, Phantom of the Opera and fiery hot cocoa to Cava; Record-Journal; Ashley Kus
Classic horror inspires this year’s Trail of Terror in Wallingford; Record-Journal; Ashley Kus
Kidcity museum in Middletown; Record-Journal; Bailey Wright
Organist keeps music alive at Meriden church; Record-Journal; Ashley Kus

Hyperlocal
Norwalk enjoys National Night Out; NancyonNorwalk; Harold Cobin
Norwalk plants trees at Roodner Court; NancyonNorwalk; Harold Cobin
Norwalkers test pedestrian routes, view art; NancyonNorwalk; Harold Cobin
Video: Interview with Justin Paul about Westport; WestportNow.com; Helen Klisser During
Video: Justin Paul back at Coleytown Middle School; WestportNow.com; Helen Klisser During
Video: Melissa Etheridge at Levitt Gala; WestportNow.com; J.C. Martin

Broadcast
Christopher Wood composite; News 12; Christopher Wood
Mark Sogofsky composite; News 12; Mark Sogofsky
Sex abuse at the Hotchkiss School: Woman shares her story; WNPR; Frankie Graziano
Waiting for supplies for his home, one Puerto Rican rebuilds another man’s house instead; WNPR; Ryan Caron King

Excellence in Journalism Winners Announced

Winners of the 2017 Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Awards were announced May 24 during the organization’s annual meeting and awards dinner at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange. 

The awards recognized outstanding reporting by news professionals throughout Connecticut. 

“It’s always good to recognize great work, but it’s even more important during a time when many public figures seek to discredit the journalists tasked with holding them accountable,” said Mike Savino, president of CTSPJ. “One way to combat all of the negativity toward and distrust of the news media is to highlight all of the ways the great work journalists continue to do. Thursday’s ceremony is just another example of how journalists at outlets throughout Connecticut, big or small, serve the communities around them.” 

Notable awards:

Stephen A. Collins Public Service Award
Hartford schools: More separate, still unequal 

Hartford Courant; Vanessa de la Torre, Matthew Kauffman, Kathleen Megan

Judges’ comments: This reporting incorporates a broad range of interviews and data to tell an important story about seemingly failed efforts to desegregate schools. The reporters employ graphics and multimedia to tell the story. This package emerged from a very tight and competitive field. This was an extremely deep category with a number of entries delving into a range of important public service stories. All the entrants should be proud of producing strong public service journalism.

Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award: 
Capital Prep lottery investigation
Hartford Courant; Vanessa de la Torre, Matthew Kauffman

Matthew Kauffman of the Hartford Courant accepting its awards.

Judges comments: The reporters went to extraordinary lengths to interview sources and gave the accused an opportunity to respond to their reporting, and did a great job explaining the issues to an outsider who may be unfamiliar with Connecticut schools and the role of sports in those schools and beyond. The reporting captured multiple perspectives on the controversy surrounding recruitment.

First Amendment Award:
Surveillance video, records offer new perspective on UConn student’s 2016 death
Hartford Courant; Vinny Vella, Matthew Kauffman

Judges comments: Now more than ever, enhancing the public view of the press is an act worth recognizing. The Courant piece demonstrates the power of the press to shed light in ways that citizens alone rarely can. For Jeffny Pally, for her family and friends, for the UConn community, and for the citizens of Hartford, the Courant used its power to hold public officials accountable for actions that might have otherwise, and easily, been under-examined. I can hardly put it better than John Ferraro did in his submission: “We had an obligation to provide the public with a full understanding of how our government employees conduct themselves.”

But this piece also shows the responsibility of the press, not just its power. The Courant had raw footage of a young woman’s death. It would have been easy to publish the video in its entirety and draw web traffic in droves to view something so grotesque. The Courant quite purposefully did not. They showed only the footage that was necessary for understanding.

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