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Charlotte Observer staff win 34 NC Press Association awards

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Left to right, Charlotte Observer reporters Ames Alexander, Théoden Janes, Cathy Clabby, editor Rana Cash, Paige Masten, Sara Coello and Khadejeh Nikouyeh (front) celebrate their North Carolina Press Association awards in Raleigh on Thursday August 25, 2022.

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:

First place

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.

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The photo is part of the NC Press Association winning entry by Observer photojournalist Khadejeh Nikouyeh. Khadejeh Nikouyeh [email protected]

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.

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Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton scores a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. It was Newton’s first game in his second stint with the Panthers. The photo is part of the NC Press Association winning entry by Observer photojournalist Khadejeh Nikouyeh. Khadejeh Nikouyeh [email protected]

Third place

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.

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Riley Johnson poses for a portrait with her mother Sasha Bonner in Charlotte, North Carolina, Friday, Feb. 4, 2022. Each February, 5-year-old Riley dresses as a different prominent black woman almost every day to celebrate the Month of black history. In this photo, they recreated a photo of news anchor Robin Roberts in a superhero costume. The photo is part of the NC Press Association winning entry by Observer photojournalist Khadejeh Nikouyeh. Khadejeh Nikouyeh [email protected]

This story was originally published August 26, 2022 12:45 p.m.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989, covering locals, towns and major news events in the area, and served as editor of the newspaper’s press office. He is currently reporting on the latest news.