The Charlotte Observer won 34 awards, including for Overall Overall Excellence for the second consecutive year, at the annual NC Press Association Contest Thursday.
The Observer has won 16 first-place awards, eight second-place awards, and 10 third-place awards.
“It’s a tribute to our great journalism and a reflection of our reporters’ passion for writing stories that impact and resonate with our readers,” said Rana Cash, Editor-in-Chief of Observer.
Other major awards earned by Observer staff members include:
▪ Ames Alexander, Gavin Off, David Raynor: Public Service Award, for “Death in the Fast Lane,” which examined the frequency of extreme speeding on North Carolina roads — and whether the COVID-19 pandemic has made freeways more murderous. The Observer found that nearly 92% of speeders get breaks in court that allow them to avoid full penalties.
▪ Khadejeh Nikouyeh: Hugh Morton Photographer of the Year, for a collection of photographs, marking the first time an Observer staff member has won the award.
▪ Michael Gordon: Media and the Law Awards of Excellence, for “inmates seeking release from COVID-affected prisons have virtually no chance in this district of North Carolina.” This was Gordon’s second time winning the NC Bar Association award.
The NCPA announced the awards at a ceremony in Raleigh.
Other awards won by Observer staff members include:
Mike Quick, Jason Smith, Justin Moore: Advertising campaign, “Top Workplaces Charlotte promotional campaign”.
Scott Fowler: General Sports Reporting, “‘Such a Weird and Terrible Thing’: Former Charlotte 49er Basketball Star Galen Young Has Passed Away.”
Personal: Sports coverage.
Scott Fowler: Collection of sports chronicles.
EeOden Janes: Religion & Faith Reporting, “She felt called by God to donate her kidney to a stranger. Then came a match made in Heaven.
Jeff Siner: Photography, General News, “A chronic speeder and a boy who died too soon.”
EeOden Janes: News Feature Writing, “She taught piano to kids in North Carolina for years. Then her daughter accused her of sex crimes.
CharlotteFive Staff: Multimedia project, “September 11: 20 voices, 20 years later”.
EeOden Janes: Writing an article, “NICU Nurse Asks Little Former Patient: ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid?'”
Kristen Kornbluth: E-mail, Afternoon newsletter.
Paige Masten: Collection of editorials.
Michael Gordon, Joe Marusak: Breaking News Coverage, “North Carolina jailer charged with multiple sex crimes. Sources say the victim is a transgender inmate.
The second place
Personal: General Excellence for Websites.
Khadejeh Nikouyeh: Video, “Dyanie Bermeo Says She Was Sexually Assaulted. She Didn’t Expect To Be Charged.
Alex Andrejev: Sports Feature Writing, “NASCAR fan was bullied for being an LGBTQ+ ally. Then he designed Jimmie Johnson’s car.
Scott Fowler: Sports Enterprise Reporting: “Rae Carruth wanted to kill her unborn son. Now the ‘miracle boy’ is 21 years old.
Will Wright, Lauren Lindstrom: Religion & Faith Reporting, “Broken Promise: After Fleeing Taliban, Afghan Families Feel Neglected by Charlotte Agency.
Scott Fowler: Collection of Ledes.
EeOden Janes: Feature article, “Thousands prayed for a miracle that never happened. Where does his NC family go from here?
Staff, Charlotte Five: E-mail.
Sara Coello, Carli Brosseau: Investigative report, “UNC campus accused of ignoring sexual abuse. Records show little action after latest scandal.
Maddie Ellis: Profile feature, “Truck Driver, TikToker, Mom – Clarissa Rankin from Charlotte does it all.”
Theoden Janes: Sports Enterprise Reporting, “NC event named for Trump tries to come back from the dead. It’s not going well.
Khadejeh Nikouyeh: Photograph, Spot, “Barrage of Gunfire Kills 3-Year-Old Boy at Charlotte Home.”
Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez: Photography, sports reporting, “Men in the Arena”.
Khadejeh Nikouyeh: Photography, reportage, “Charlotte’s mother and daughter celebrate black history in photos.”
EeOden Janes: Lighter columns, Collection of lighter columns.
Personal: Editorial page.
Will Wright: City and County Government Reports: “Hidden Valley has something no one can take – but redrawing maps can risk it.”
Personal: Appearance and design.
This story was originally published August 26, 2022 12:45 p.m.