Winners for 2021 Excellence in Journalism contest announced

An outdoor event to celebrate the winners of our Excellence in Journalism contest is planned for Saturday, June 25, from noon-4 p.m. at the Ansonia Nature Center pavilion, 10 Deerfield Road, Ansonia. More details here.

All Media Special Awards

First Amendment Award
First Place

A free press, a fair election; Good Morning Wilton; Heather Borden Herve

Stephen A. Collins Public Service Award
First Place

Lost to abuse; Hearst CT Media; Clare Dignan, Verónica Del Valle

Theodore Driscoll Award for Investigative Reporting
First Place

Policing the police; Hearst CT Media; Bill Cummings

Arts & Entertainment

Hyperlocal
First Place

Conversations with the irrepressible Dolly Curtis; Easton Courier; Jane Paley, Richard Falco
Second Place

Cultivating wellbeing, belonging, curiosity, and empathy through art; East Haven Courier; Pem McNerney
Third Place

Darien group uses art to paint picture of equality; Darien Times; Susan Shultz

Regional A
First Place

Styx = grilled cheese; Waterbury Republican-American; Michael Chaiken
Second Place

Youth performance of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ aiming to teach conflict resolution; New Haven Register; Ben Lambert

Regional B
First Place

After BLM silencing, choral censorship battle reaches national stage; Arts Paper; Lucy Gellman
Second Place

Local artist remembered for making ‘community beautiful’; Record-Journal; Devin Leith-Yessian

Magazine
First Place

An artist out of Aesop; WAG Magazine; Phil Hall
Second Place

The Remains look back; Connecticut Magazine; Michael Catarevas

Broadcast
First Place

Ballet is for everyone; News 12; Annalisa Klebers,Christopher Wood

Audio Storytelling

Hyperlocal
First Place

Navel gazing podcast: The Valley Indy’s post-election autopsy; Valley Independent Sentinel; Eugene Driscoll
Second Place

Navel gazing podcast: Lauretti, DOT Boss, VCOG Rick talk multi-million dollar train station grant; Valley Independent Sentinel; Eugene Driscoll

Regional A
First Place

Looking for the Todt family; The Day; Taylor Hartz, Sten Spinella, Peter Huoppi, Carlos Virgen
Second Place

We spoke to residents whose lives have been forever changed by COVID-19. These are their stories.; Hartford Courant; Michael Hamad, Timothy Reck

Magazine
First Place

Author Dan Crowley & SCSU President Dr. Joe Bertolino; Connecticut Voice; Christopher Byrne

Broadcast
First Place

Juveniles, joyrides, & justice; WNPR; Walter Smith Randolph, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Jim Haddadin
Second Place

31st July 2021 Edition; Connecticut East This Week; Brian Scott-Smith
Third Place

2nd January 2021 Edition; Connecticut East This Week; Brian Scott-Smith

Breaking News

Hyperlocal
First Place

Ansonia police investigate shooting; city researching surveillance system; Valley Independent Sentinel; Eugene Driscoll, Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Second Place

Derby police officer shoots person on Division Street; Valley Independent Sentinel; Eugene Driscoll

Regional A
First Place

Former Hartford police sergeant keeps teen from jumping off Founders Bridge; Hartford Courant; Christine Dempsey
Second Place

Opponents of mandatory vaccinations for public school dominate hearing; Hearst CT Media; Ken Dixon

Regional B
First Place

Flooding; New Britain Herald; Justin Muszynski
Second Place

‘It’s really unreal:’ Wilbur Cross students rattled after lockdown; Arts Paper; Lucy Gellman

Broadcast
First Place

Eviction orders spiked in Connecticut when federal moratorium lapsed; WNPR; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Jim Haddadin, Walter Smith Randolph
Second Place

A small jet crashes into a bulding in Farmington; WTIC-AM; John Silva
Third Place

Hurricane Ida cleanup; News 12; John Craven, Mark Sogofsky

Business

Hyperlocal
First Place

Darien man’s cereal company gets nationwide attention; Darien Times; Susan Shultz
Second Place

DeLauro visits downtown Branford merchants to gauge recovery efforts; The Sound; Pam Johnson

Regional A
First Place

‘There’s no one easy explanation’ why restaurant workers left industry; The Day; Erica Moser
Second Place

The fourth estate’s future; Waterbury Republican-American; Michael Puffer
Third Place

Connecticut diners could expect to pay more for menu items; Hartford Courant; Susan Dunne

Regional B
First Place

Newtown diner; News-Times; Rob Ryser
Second Place

Flip enriches middleman, burns tenants; New Haven Independent; Tom Breen
Third Place

Increased demand for bicycles, repairs fueled by pandemic; Journal Inquirer; Matthew P. Knox

Magazine
First Place

Stopping embezzlement: How to protect your business from the thief within; New Haven Biz; Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Second Place

In the black; Today Magazine; Bruce Deckert
Third Place

New Haven-area manufacturers anticipate long-term impacts — some positive — from supply chain crisis; New Haven Biz; Liese Klein

Broadcast
First Place

Cannabis billboards; NBC 30; Katherine Loy, Garett Allison, Jonathan Wardle
Second Place

The Porch; News 12; Mark Sudol, Mark Sogofsky
Third Place

Rein’s Deli dealing with kosher meat, worker shortage; NBC 30; Caitlin Burchill, David Mulligan

Continuing Coverage

Hyperlocal
First Place

Water company controversy; Fairfield Citizen; Katrina Koerting
Second Place

Police, fire officials sex assault case; Shelton Herald; Donald Eng, Brian Gioiele
Third Place

Coverage of controversy over proposed chicken slaughterhouse approved in residential neighborhood; Easton Courier; Ann Marie Somma, Kelly Wendt

Regional A
First Place

State lawmaker arrest; Connecticut Post; Brian Lockhart
Second Place

CNN staffer charged; Hearst CT Media; Tara O’Neill, Liz Hardaway, Peter Yankowski
Third Place

Covid and group homes; Hearst CT Media; Julia Bergman

Regional B
First Place

Inappropriate conduct in schools investigation; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day, Adam Hushin
Second Place

Heat shut off; New Britain Herald; Erica Drzewiecki
Third Place

Grand Cafe occupation; Arts Paper; Lucy Gellman

Magazine
First Place

Delicious; Seasons Magazine; Amy S. White

Broadcast
First Place

State trooper sentenced, resigns after 2019 drunk driving crash in cruiser; NBC 30; Caitlin Burchill

Courts/Crime

Regional A
First Place

Hamden homicide victim was new father excited for his upcoming high school graduation; New Haven Register; Meghan Friedmann
Second Place

How the FBI ID’d a CT man in the U.S. Capitol mob; Hearst CT Media; Dan Brechlin, Lidia Ryan, Bryan Haeffele

Regional B
First Place

She needs to come home; The Hour; Rich Chumney
Second Place

Middletown mother of six fatally stabbed showed strength in final moments, daughter says; Middletown Press; Cassandra Day

Magazine
First Place

On the trail of a killer; Connecticut Magazine; Erik Ofgang
Second Place

From Cuba to Connecticut; Today Magazine; Odalys Bekanich

Broadcast
First Place

Car crime 2.0; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Jonathan Wardle, Jose Gomez
Second Place

Justice for Mari; News 12; Lauren Fabrizi, Keith Sunthorn

COVID-Investigative

Regional A
First Place

A cancer patient was sent to prison for DUI. Two months later, he was dead from COVID.; Connecticut Mirror; Dave Altimari, Kelan Lyons
Second Place

COVID and Trump towns; Hearst CT Media; Jordan Fenster
Third Place

Griffin Health’s lucrative COVID testing contracts; Connecticut Mirror; Dave Altimari

Regional B
First Place

After $2,774 COVID test, Dunner persists; New Haven Independent; Tom Breen
Second Place

Are Danbury area political candidates vaccinated?; News-Times; Currie Engel
Third Place

Effort to expand vaccine access continues in Meriden amid challenges; Record-Journal; Michael Gagne

Magazine
First Place

Business, interrupted: Insurance claims often denied for pandemic-related business closures; New Haven Biz; Michelle Tuccitto Sullo

Broadcast
First Place

Blue Hills FD PPP; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Jonathan Wardle

COVID-News

Hyperlocal
First Place

Ethics and responsibility — the social contract of contact tracing after WHS outbreak; Good Morning Wilton; Heather Borden Herve
Second Place

One year later–video interview with Wilton’s (and CT’s) first COVID-19 patient, Chris Tillett; Good Morning Wilton; Heather Borden Herve
Third Place

Darien nurse beats COVID-19, returns to treating pandemic patients; Darien Times; Susan Shultz

Regional A
First Place

COVID-19 long-haulers struggle with persistent mental health issues; Hartford Courant; Eliza Fawcett
Second Place

‘Barely a Band-Aid’: Experts say $600 stimulus could be too little too late for struggling workers; New Haven Register; Brian Zahn
Third Place

Hill Health Center nurses make steep climb to vaccinate seafarers; Connecticut Health I-Team; Kate Farrish

Regional B
First Place

Local seniors struggle to schedule vaccinations, face long wait times; Record-Journal; Mary Ellen Godin
Second Place

Hunt for vaccines; News-Times; Currie Engel
Third Place

Contact tracing — could it be telling us more?; Record-Journal; Lauren Takores

Magazine
First Place

COVID shutdown; Today Magazine; Katherine Napier
Second Place

Sense of loss; Connecticut Magazine; Meg Weisberg

Broadcast
First Place

One year later: CT’s ‘patient zero’ reflects; NBC 30; Heidi Voight
Second Place

Therapy dog helps kids heal from pandemic; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Gregg Monte
Third Place

Governor’s new COVID strategy; NBC 30; Nicholas Doscher, Jamie Ratliff

COVID-Photo

Hyperlocal
First Place

A distanced show of support; Harbor News; Kelley Fryer

Regional A
First Place

Getting vaccinated; New Haven Register; Arnold Gold
Second Place

Closing day; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko
Third Place

Friendly hands; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko

COVID-Series

Hyperlocal
First Place

COVID creativity; The Sound; Pem McNerney and Kelley Fryer

Regional A
First Place

The lost year; The Day; Staff
Second Place

Connecticut’s uneven recovery; Connecticut Mirror; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Kasturi Pananjady
Third Place

Reflect/rebuild; Hearst CT Media; Staff

Regional B
First Place

COVID-19 vaccine project; Record-Journal; Jareliz Diaz, Mary Ellen Godin, Jesse Buchanan, Lauren Takores

Broadcast
First Place

The new normal; News 12; Chris Vaccaro, Kelly Drossel, Doug Geed, Erin Colton, Phil Dowling, Kevin Benjamin, Henry Salmaggi, Christine Amante, Sandrina Rodrigues, Christine McGrath, Shawn Brown
Second Place

The next normal CT; News 12; Mark Sudol, Mark Sogofsky

Data

Hyperlocal
First Place

Wiltons changing demographics: Census 2020 reveals more diversity, fewer children and lasting impact; Good Morning Wilton; Kathy Bonnist

Regional A
First Place

Women of color overrepresented in domestic violence arrests, data show; Connecticut Health I-Team; Lisa Backus
Second Place

Data show decrease in prison sex abuse reports, survivor advocates say fear and ambivalence persist; Connecticut Health I-Team; W. Tanner Bryant, Jodie Mozdzer Gil
Third Place

COVID-19 risk level differs from town to town based on how many people have been vaccinated; Hartford Courant; Tim Reck

Regional B
First Place

The highest-paid workers in north central Connecticut towns do it with overtime; Journal Inquirer; Eric Bedner

Broadcast
First Place

Failing foundations; News 12; News 12 Networks
Second Place

5 things to know about juvenile crime in Connecticut; WNPR; Jim Haddadin

Diversity Coverage

Hyperlocal
First Place

Superintendent Harrison details difficult decision to leave ER9 schools; Easton Courier; Nancy Doniger, Richard Falco
Second Place

Sister, don’t give up; Trumbull Times; Don Eng
Third Place

Fairfield group rebukes racist antagonists: ‘Never let them win’; Fairfield Patch; Anna Bybee-Schier

Regional A
First Place

Deep roots drive Newhallville stakeholders to advance neighborhood equity; Connecticut Health I-Team; Sujata Srinivasan, Melanie Stengel
Second Place

Targeting disparities in colorectal cancer screening; Connecticut Health I-Team; Elizabeth Heubeck
Third Place

UConn group, Connecticut photographer take on anti-Asian violence and the fight against invisibility; Hartford Courant; Susan Dunne

Regional B
First Place

Danbury’s Hispanic population; News-Times; Julia Perkins
Second Place

Fewer Black and Hispanic residents are getting vaccines; Stamford Advocate; Verónica Del Valle
Third Place

From Jim Crow south to Connecticut, Meriden man has spent lifetime battling racism; Record-Journal; Jeffery Kurz

Magazine
First Place

MLK memorial; Today Magazine; Katherine Napier
Second Place

The secret lives of doctors: Dr. Marja Hurley, the mentor; Connecticut Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger

Broadcast
First Place

Justice for all: Mental health in PD; News 12; Shosh Bedrosian, John Dempsey, Frank Bruce
Second Place

1619 Project emails; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Jonathan Wardle

Editorial

Hyperlocal
First Place

GMW’s holiday message from the editor; Good Morning Wilton; Heather Borden Herve

Regional A
First Place

The history lessons taught on Jan. 6, 2021; Hearst CT Media; John Breunig

Regional B
First Place

An insurrection that failed at the nation’s Capitol; Record-Journal; Jeffery Kurz
Second Place

Connecticut Supreme Court takes a step backward; Record-Journal; Glenn Richter

Editorial Cartoon

Regional A
First Place

Vaccine zeros; The Day; Jacinta Meyers

Regional B
First Place

COVID holidays; Record-Journal; Kevin Markowski
Second Place

Mill rate and pickleball; Record-Journal; Kevin Markowski
Third Place

Community chest; Record-Journal; Justin Piccirillo

Education

Hyperlocal
First Place

Living the American dream, with help from SAE; The Sound; Pam Johnson
Second Place

Wilton keeps Warriors name; Wilton Bulletin; J.D. Freda
Third Place

ER9 boards of education approve DEI surveys; Easton Courier; Ann Marie Somma and Nancy Doniger

Regional A
First Place

Critical race theory has proved divisive. What is it?; The Day; Erica Moser
Second Place

English learners and pandemic; Connecticut Post; Cayla Bamberger
Third Place

Like you ‘lost a piece of you’: Pandemic forces CT students to apply to college with leaner resumes; New Haven Register; Brian Zahn

Regional B
First Place

You go into a panic; The Hour; Emily Morgan
Second Place

Co-op gets into its back-to-school rhythm; Arts Paper; Lucy Gellman
Third Place

I lived through hell; Stamford Advocate; Ignacio Laguarda

Magazine
First Place

Simple as ABC; Today Magazine; Bruce Deckert
Second Place

Back to school out and proud; Connecticut Voice; Dawn Ennis
Third Place

Yale’s $7B capital campaign reflects shifts in nonprofit fundraising focus; New Haven Biz; Liese Klein

Broadcast
First Place

As new school year begins, some immunocompromised families feel left behind; WNPR; Walter Smith Randolph
Second Place
Girls future firefighter camp; NBC 30; Nicholas Doscher, Jamie Ratliff
Third Place

Remote learning:  The student perspective; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Jonathan Wardle, Sarah Willson

Feature Photo

Hyperlocal
First Place

Snow day; The Source; Kelley Fryer
Second Place

Children enjoying ride at Easton Fireman’s Carnival; Easton Courier; Richard Falco
Third Place

A grand finale in Guilford; Guilford Courier; Wesley Bunnell

Regional A
First Place

Bird conservation; New Haven Register; Arnold Gold
Second Place

Whale yoga; The Day; Sarah Gordon
Third Place

Spaw treatment; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

Regional B
First Place

Tropical Storm Elsa leaves flooding, hazards on local roads; Record-Journal; Aaron Flaum
Second Place

Beyond the branches; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac
Third Place

Fall foliage in the park; Record-Journal; Aaron Flaum

Magazine
First Place

Ghostly glitterati; 1794 – Cheshire Academy; Stan Godlewski
Second Place

Still-life dancer; Connecticut Voice; Stan Godlewski
Third Place

Paddle on; Seasons Magazine; Stan Godlewski

Feature Story

Hyperlocal
First Place

After 70 years in limbo, Seymour soldier accounted for; Valley Independent Sentinel; Eugene Driscoll
Second Place

Megan Leubner: Crisis hero award winner; North Haven Courier; Jason J. Marchi
Third Place

Sign of spring: Darien roadside tradition takes on added meaning this year; Darien Times; Susan Shultz

Regional A
First Place

Escapes from Afghanistan, coordinated from a home office in Connecticut; Connecticut Mirror; Mark Pazniokas
Second Place

Alzheimer’s wedding; Hearst CT Media; Andrew DaRosa
Third Place

Good times and bad at the Lighthouse Inn; The Day; John Ruddy

Regional B
First Place

A rare glimpse of redemption; CTNewsJunkie; Lisa Backus
Second Place

7 years later; News-Times; Rob Ryser
Third Place

Everything she did in the community was light: Activist Maia Leonardo passes on at 28; Arts Paper; Lucy Gellman

Magazine
First Place

The last of the Connecticut River watermen; Estuary Magazine; David Holahan
Second Place

The founder; Connecticut Magazine; Rand Richards Cooper
Third Place

The fabulous ’70s decade of after dark magazine; Connecticut Voice; Frank Rizzo

Broadcast
First Place

Girl whisperer; News 12; Suzanne Goldklang, Frank Bruce
Second Place

From prison to Trinity College; WFSB; Audrey Russo
Third Place

One more chat with dad; News 12; Sean McCabe

General Column

Hyperlocal
First Place

Buy Nothing Facebook groups build connection during trying times; Valley Independent Sentinel; Jodie Mozdzer Gil
Second Place

Winter weather report: Hot with a chance of boiling over; Easton Courier; Richard Lechtenberg

Regional A
First Place

Enriching the rich; Connecticut Mirror; David Holahan
Second Place

MLK in CT and the continuing story of segregation; Hearst CT Media; Hugh Bailey
Third Place

Let freedom ring?; Connecticut Mirror; David Holahan

Regional B
First Place

Critical race theory is our modern-day ‘Crucible’; CTNewsJunkie; Barth Keck
Second Place

Trump threw away his legacy on human trafficking; Norwich Bulletin; Chandra Bozelko
Third Place

Is my son OK?; News-Times; Sandra Diamond Fox

Magazine
First Place

War torn; Connecticut Magazine; Ron Farina
Second Place

Our storied collections; Connecticut Magazine; Albie Yuravich
Third Place

Running for my life; Connecticut Magazine; Joseph M. Korzon

Government

Hyperlocal
First Place

Citizen complaint sparks heated debate about police records in Old Saybrook; Harbor News; Eric O’Connell
Second Place

Easton to increase security at the polls following breach; Easton Courier; Nancy Doniger, Ann Marie Somma
Third Place

Proposed zoning bills reveal political divide in Darien; Darien Times; Susan Shultz

Regional A
First Place

Ned Lamont’s year in the shadow of COVID; Connecticut Mirror; Mark Pazniokas
Second Place

Old Saybrook releases $190,000 settlement records days before FOI hearing; New Haven Register; Meghan Friedmann
Third Place

Trump supporters missing from State Capitol as anticipated protest fizzles; Hearst CT Media; Ken Dixon

Regional B
First Place

Latest clash in Stamford mayoral race; Stamford Advocate; Brianna Gurciullo
Second Place

State reps get personal as CROWN Act passes house; Arts Paper; Lucy Gellman
Third Place

Anti-mask disruption; News-Times; Currie Engel

Broadcast
First Place

Sedition hunters; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Jonathan Wardle, Lorraine Roe
Second Place

Helping firefighters with cancer; News 12; John Craven, MarkSogofsky

Headline

Hyperlocal
First Place

Headllines from the sound; The Sound; Pam Johnson

Regional A
First Place

Hot dog days of summer; red zone blues; vaccine boost; New Haven Register; Susan Nusbaum
Second Place

Ruddy headlines; The Day; John Ruddy
Third Place

Water logged; hail to the Yalies; open bar; New Haven Register; Susan Nusbaum

Regional B
First Place

Haze, companies, spirit; News-Times; Lynn Schnier
Second Place

Organ tranplant / Sweet dreams satisfied / Full STEAM ahead; Greenwich Time; Ashley Winchester
Third Place

Prayer, fishing, noise; News-Times; Lynn Schnier

Magazine
First Place

War torn; The dark of light; The mother of all voices; Connecticut Magazine; Albie Yuravich
Second Place

Down south for the count; Off the beaten paths; Goose is cooking; Connecticut Magazine; Greg Moody

Health

Regional A
First Place

Medical providers are taking nature therapy seriously; Connecticut Health I-Team; Jenifer Frank
Second Place

For some transgender people, pandemic paves path to transition; Connecticut Health I-Team; Carol Leonetti Dannhauser
Third Place

Yale Study links housing instability and risky sexual behaviors; Connecticut Health I-Team; Kate Farrish

Regional B
First Place

Undercounted; News-Times; Currie Engel, Shayla Colon
Second Place

Artists team up to “vacúnate Fair Haven”; Arts Paper; Lucy Gellman
Third Place

Officials: In Northwest CT, ‘There aren’t a lot of resources’ to address rural health care needs; Register Citizen; Emily M. Olson

Magazine
First Place

Since the lockdown, drinking among women is a growing health problem; Connecticut Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger
Second Place

Concussion symptoms can be devastating. But what happpens when they won’t go away?; Connecticut Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger
Third Place

Helping teens find their authentic selves; Connecticut Voice; Jane Latus

Broadcast
First Place

Help coming for undocumented immigrants trapped in Connecticut hospitals; WNPR; Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
Second Place

Therapy dog helps kids heal from pandemic; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Gregg Monte
Third Place

Bringing mommy home to die; News 12; Frank Recchia, Lori Golias

Humorous Column

Hyperlocal
First Place

The great silverware caper of 1908; Easton Courier; Bruce Nelson
Second Place

It’s weird to be normal; Guilford Courier; Julianna Gribbins

Regional A
First Place

Happy to be taken for a ride; Hearst CT Media; John Breunig
Second Place

Miss Misinformation pageant; Connecticut Mirror; David Holahan
Third Place

The secret language of autism; Hearst CT Media; John Breunig

Regional B
First Place

My beef with Mr. Harding; Record-Journal; Glenn Richter
Second Place

Is it me, or is it … ? Oh, it’s me; Record-Journal; Glenn Richter

Magazine
First Place

Final thoughts; Seasons Magazine; Matthew Dicks
Second Place

Adventures with the weed; Connecticut Magazine; A. H. Saxon

In-Depth

Hyperlocal
First Place

Superintendent Harrison details difficult decision to leave ER9 schools; Easton Courier; Nancy Doniger, Richard Falco
Second Place

They helped us, now we can help them; North Haven Courier; Pem McNerney

Regional A
First Place

From Kabul to New Haven: 30 hours to freedom; The Day; Taylor Hartz
Second Place

‘A record of rejection.’ State batting away one group’s onslaught of election fraud claims; Hearst CT Media; Ken Dixon

Regional B
First Place

Stop pointing fingers, we all lost Afghanistan; Greenwich Time; David Rafferty
Second Place

Train station passes; The Hour; Abigail Brone

Magazine
First Place

Submarine down!; Connecticut Magazine; Michael J. Bielawa
Second Place

Invisible empire: The history of the KKK in Connecticut; Connecticut Magazine; Christopher Hoffman
Third Place

From Vietnam to snow patrol; Today Magazine; Bruce Deckert

Broadcast
First Place

East Windsor officer goes over the line; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Jonathan Wardle
Second Place

Connecticut remembers 9/11, 20 years later; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Lorraine Roe, Jon Wardle, Thea DiGiammerino, Keisha Grant, Kevin Nathan, Len Besthoff, Dan Corcoran, Dominique Moody, Katherine Loy
Third Place

Book sales and borrowing rise during COVID; NBC 30; Nicholas Doscher, Jamie Ratliff

Infographic Design

Regional A
First Place

Chaos at the Capitol; Hearst CT Media; Bryan Haeffele, Ian Murren
Second Place

Winds of change; The Day; Scott Ritter
Third Place

How much water do we use?; Hearst CT Media; Bryan Haeffele

Regional B
First Place

UConn women in the Final Four; Journal Inquirer; Hollister Breslin

Infographic Reporting

Regional A
First Place

The language of the pandemic; The Day; Maria Reagan, Timothy Cotter
Second Place

2021 Connecticut town-by-town municipal election results; Hartford Courant; Tim Reck

Investigative

Hyperlocal
First Place

Fairfield PD captain resigns after internal affairs probe: report; Fairfield Patch; Anna Bybee-Schier

Regional A
First Place

‘This will all be underwater’: As climate change arrives in CT; Hartford Courant; Eliza Fawcett, Alex Putterman
Second Place

Rising seas; Hearst CT Media; Jordan Fenster

Regional B
First Place

Emails reveal debate over LGBTQ video in Southington; Record-Journal; Jesse Buchanan
Second Place

How $100M+ flowed to megalandlords; New Haven Independent; Tom Breen

Magazine
First Place

Face to face with the greatest generation; Today Magazine; Bruce Deckert

Broadcast
First Place

Failing foundations- crumbling conditions; News 12; Shosh Bedrosian, Christopher Wood, Frank Bruce
Second Place

Brewery surveillance video shows trooper’s actions before drunk driving crash in Southbury; NBC 30; Caitlin Burchill
Third Place

As sperm donation demand increases, some seek donors on social media; NBC 30; Caitlin Burchill, David Mulligan

Leisure

Hyperlocal
First Place

Sunday nature walk: Summer’s end; Easton Courier; Tomas Koeck

Regional A
First Place

C’est magnifique!; The Day; Kristina Dorsey
Second Place

They can chicken out; Connecticut Post; Ashley Winchester
Third Place

Ultimate New Haven pizza guide; Hearst CT Media; Leeanne Griffin

Regional B
First Place

Christmas Eve tradition declines; Feast of the Seven Fishes less important for Italian-Americans; Journal Inquirer; Tim Leininger
Second Place

Returning to movie theaters; New Britain Herald; Erica Drzewiecki
Third Place

Who has the best fast-food chicken sandwich? JI reporters rate seven of them; Journal Inquirer; Tim Leininger

Magazine
First Place

Chef Danilo Mongillo reopens Strega, bringing his across-the-Atlantic delights to Milford; Connecticut Magazine; James Gribbon
Second Place

The taste of home: the surprising vineyards of the Connecticut River Valley; Estuary Magazine; Eric D. Lehman, Amy Nawrocki
Third Place

The incredible shrinking lawn: How to create a nature-friendly yard; Connecticut Magazine; Theresa Sullivan Barger

Broadcast
First Place

Homegrown cannabis in CT; NBC 30; Len Besthoff, Jonathan Wardle
Second Place
Road trip Norfolk; News 12; Lori Golias
Third Place

Lasagna with love; News 12; Suzanne Goldklang, Christina Alaio

Local Reporting

Hyperlocal
First Place

Still seeking justice for family lost on 9/11; Easton Courier; Nancy Doniger
Second Place

A difficult day for Branford; The Sound; Pam Johnson, Kelley Fryer
Third Place

He could have died; New Canaan Advertiser; Grace Duffield

Regional A
First Place

In Hamden and New Haven, ex-offenders fight violence on the front lines; New Haven Register; Meghan Friedmann
Second Place

Homemade guns are showing up more at Connecticut crime scenes, police say; Hartford Courant; Christine Dempsey
Third Place

CT town at forefront of national debate over facial recognition tech; New Haven Register; Meghan Friedmann

Regional B
First Place

Everything she did in the community was light: Activist Maia Leonardo passes on at 28; Arts Paper; Lucy Gellman
Second Place

Local residents denounce riots; The Chronicle; Michelle Warren

Magazine
First Place

Peace, comfort dogs, and joy; Seasons Magazine; Renee DiNino
Second Place

Coyotes calling; Today Magazine; Samantha Lewis

Broadcast
First Place

History is worth saving; News 12; Shosh Bedrosian, Christopher Wood, John Dempsey, Christina Alaio
Second Place

‘Every kid deserves a chance to play’: Windsor honors coach lost to COVID-19; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Gregg Monte
Third Place

Same spot at the table; News 12; Lauren Fabrizi, Frank Bruce

News Photo

Hyperlocal
First Place

A day to remember: Guilford observes 20th anniversary of 9/11; Guilford Courier; Wesley Bunnell
Second Place

Girl with flag at Memorial Day Parade; Easton Courier; Richard Falco

Regional A
First Place

Tree lighting; New Haven Register; Arnold Gold
Second Place

Standing for liberty; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Third Place

Visiting firebrand; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

Regional B
First Place

Funeral of Officer Benjamin Lovett; Journal Inquirer; Jim Michaud

Non-Page 1 Layout

Regional A
First Place

9/11; Hearst CT Media; Bryan Haeffele
Second Place

From beyond the grave; Waterbury Republican-American; Bill O’Brien
Third Place

The 14th Regiment, Connecticut; Waterbury Republican-American; Jim Flynn

Regional B
First Place

UConn basketball preview; Journal Inquirer; Hollister Breslin
Second Place

Celebrating 150 years; New Britain Herald; James Drzewiecki

Magazine
First Place

Off the beaten paths; Connecticut Magazine; Greg Moody
Second Place

Home & design guide; Connecticut Magazine; Alyson Moschcovich
Third Place

The Remains look back; Connecticut Magazine; Greg Moody

Page 1 Layout

Regional A
First Place

Pandemic deaths leave an irreplaceable void; The Day; Scott Ritter
Second Place

When the dream came to CT; Hearst CT Media; Sue Nusbaum
Third Place

Big blaze, big loss, big art; Waterbury Republican-American; Jim Flynn

Regional B
First Place

Funky, diverse; Greenwich Time; Susan Nusbaum
Second Place

Bonded by tragedy; News-Times; Lynn Schnier

Magazine
First Place

River’s realty enriches valley; Today Magazine; Bruce Deckert
Second Place

Connecticut Magazine 50th anniversary cover; Connecticut Magazine; Ryan Olbrysh
Third Place

Fame and the Forrest Gump effect; Today Magazine; Bruce Deckert

Photo Essay

Hyperlocal
First Place

The Easton Fireman’s Carnival is in town!; Easton Courier; Richard Falco
Second Place

Easton celebrates Memorial Day; Easton Courier; Richard Falco and Kelly Wendt

Regional A
First Place

Tropical Storm Henri in CT; Hearst CT Media; Staff
Second Place

Bone finder; Hearst CT Media; Patrick Sikes
Third Place

Danbury Mall shooting; Hearst CT Media; Liz Hardaway, Peter Yankowski, Tara O’Neill, Sandra Diamond Fox, H. John Voorhees III, Patrick Sikes, Nicole Funaro, Lidia Ryan

Regional B
First Place

Mad science; Greenwich Time; Susan Nusbaum, Christian Abraham
Second Place

Wadin’ and shadin’; Stamford Advocate; Susan Nusbaum, Christian Abraham
Third Place

Independence through art; Stamford Advocate; Susan Nusbaum,Christian Abraham

Magazine
First Place

Between two worlds; Seasons Magazine; Stan Godlewski
Second Place

Pilobolus dance; Connecticut Voice; Stan Godlewski
Third Place

The egg & I; Seasons Magazine; Mary Quinn

Religion

Hyperlocal
First Place

In search of grace; Easton Courier; Jane Paley
Second Place

What it takes to get through the darkest of dark times; The Sound; Pem McNerney

Regional A
First Place

Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe; Waterbury Republican-American; Jay Dunn
Second Place

Farewell, Father Joe; Waterbury Republican-American; Tracey O’Shaughnessy
Third Place

For Old Lyme minister, it’s social justice and more; The Day; Elizabeth Regan

Regional B
First Place

Kapelye conjures Hanukkah miracles on Tower Lane; Arts Paper; Lucy Gellman
Second Place

Queer And Christian: Children of God find the light; Arts Paper; Leah Andelsmith
Third Place

A tinge of racial or religious fear; The Hour; Abigail Brone

Magazine
First Place

Have faith: How LGBTQ+ clergy are welcoming us home for the holidays; Connecticut Voice; Dawn Ennis
Second Place

Going where the spirit leads; WAG Magazine; Phil Hall

Broadcast
First Place

Exorcism in Stamford; News 12; Sean McCabe, John Dempsey

Reporting Series

Hyperlocal
First Place

Students help beloved counselor find kidney donor — right in town; Good Morning Wilton; Kathy Bonnist, Heather Borden Herve
Second Place

Making music; Valley Courier; Rita Christopher

Regional A
First Place

Lost to abuse; Connecticut Post; Clare Dignan, Verónica Del Valle
Second Place

Planning for a changing climate; Connecticut Mirror; Jan Ellen Spiegel
Third Place

Fish tales: Life on the sea; The Day; Joe Wojtas, Greg Smith, Erica Moser

Magazine
First Place

MLK’s vision; Today Magazine; Bruce Deckert, Naviah Barrow​, Katherine Napier, ​Lisa G. Samia​, Sarah Thompson, ​Terri Wilson

Broadcast
First Place

Back to in-person school: How the pandemic is affecting Connecticut education; WNPR; Walter Smith Randolph, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Jim Haddadin
Second Place

Connecticut remembers 9/11, 20 years later; NBC 30; Heidi Voight, Lorraine Roe, Jon Wardle, Thea DiGiammerino, Keisha Grant, Kevin Nathan, Len Besthoff, Dan Corcoran, Dominique Moody, Katherine Loy

Sports Column

Regional A
First Place

A daughter’s promise; Hearst CT Media; Jeff Jacobs
Second Place

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey’s COVID comments ignorant and dangerous; Hearst CT Media; Jeff Jacobs
Third Place

Like father, like son, both knew UConn football was a challenge Jim Mora couldn’t resist; Hartford Courant; Dom Amore

Regional B
First Place

Gildea, Strand shared a special bond; The Chronicle; Mike Sypher
Second Place

Rich kids sports offer road to Ivies; Greenwich Time; David Rafferty
Third Place

When it comes to sports gambling, the game is rigged; Greenwich Time; David Rafferty

Sports Feature

Hyperlocal
First Place

She just wanted to play; Valley Courier; Pem McNerney
Second Place

Remembering Newington co-op’s historic 5 OT win; CollinsvillePress.com; Gerry deSimas, Jr.
Third Place

Being grateful a key for Helstein during pandemic; Greenwich Sentinel; Paul Silverfarb

Regional A
First Place

NFA senior Valeria Yraita-Zevallos draws strength from the women who raised her; The Day; Vickie Fulkerson
Second Place

UConn’s top 5; Hearst CT Media; David Borges
Third Place

The Equus Effect, an experiential equine program; Hartford Courant; Lori Riley

Regional B
First Place

‘Big Guy’ leaves a lasting legacy; The Chronicle; Mike Sypher
Second Place

Preparation, practice have helped Nick Grosso get to the NCAA tournament; Connecticut Wrestling Online; Gerry deSimas, Jr.
Third Place

A guardian over all of us; Record-Journal; Bryant Carpenter

Magazine
First Place

Okwandu relishes recollection of UConn title; Today Magazine; Nishant Gopalachar
Second Place

Raising the game; Seasons Magazine; Andrew Kelsey
Third Place

The beloved Hartford Whalers: A team that continues to inspire to this day; Seasons Magazine; Dennis House

Broadcast
First Place

Adaptive blind baseball; NBC 30; Matt Finkel
Second Place

Grandma Marge; News 12; Marissa Alter, Jim Mennino
Third Place

A perfect game; NBC 30; Matt Finkel

Hyperlocal
First Place

Avon stops Lewis Mills to win CCC Tier 4 title and secure a playoff berth; CollinsvillePress.com; Gerry deSimas, Jr.
Second Place

Avon beats Wallingford to win first American Legion baseball state championship; CollinsvillePress.com; Gerry deSimas, Jr.
Third Place

Hand defeats Guilford 43-18, qualifies for playoffs; The Source; Dean Bibens

Sports News

Regional A
First Place

Bueckers will get paid; Hearst CT Media; Paul Doyle
Second Place

Covid lab at UConn; Hearst CT Media; Mike Anthony
Third Place

UConn pitcher Justin Willis, family survived harrowing escape from collapsed condos in Surfside, FL; Hartford Courant; Dom Amore

Regional B
First Place

Coventry’s Prior has plenty in reserve; Journal Inquirer; Adam Betz
Second Place

UConn offer serves as motivation for Windsor football senior Samuels; Journal Inquirer; Kyle Maher

Broadcast
First Place

Play like Danni; News 12; Marissa Alter, Jim Mennino
Second Place

UHart moves to Division III; NBC 30; Matt Finkel

Sports Photo

Hyperlocal
First Place

A flat out; The Sound; Kelley Fryer

Regional A
First Place

Out of the box; The Day; Sean D. Elliot
Second Place

Sweet leap; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko
Third Place

Pass defended; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

Regional B
First Place

Interference; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac
Second Place

Manchester beats Peabody; Journal Inquirer; Jim Michaud
Third Place

Endzone elation; Record-Journal; Dave Zajac

Video Storytelling

Hyperlocal
First Place

‘Modified and totally not normal’ Barlow Palooza; Easton Courier; Nancy Doniger, Richard Falco, Tomas Koeck
Second Place

Mr. Pompa’s surprise: Days before kidney transplant, more GOOD news for beloved WHS counselor; Good Morning Wilton; Heather Borden Herve

Regional A
First Place

Died in Salisbury Prison; Waterbury Republican-American; Lee Lewis, Martin Begnal
Second Place

Dog delivers paper in Mystic; The Day; Peter Huoppi
Third Place

The secret to finding a parking spot in Mystic; The Day; Peter Huoppi, Rick Koster

Broadcast
First Place

Adaptive blind baseball; NBC 30; Matt Finkel
Second Place

In my heart; News 12; Mark Sogofsky

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