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HCMG reporters, photographers, editors and columnists received accolades in various categories in the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists’ 2021 Excellence in Journalism competition.
Hearst Connecticut Media Group’s new offices Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 301 Merritt 7 in Norwalk, Conn.
Hearst Connecticut Media Group won more than 100 accolades in the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists’ 2021 Excellence in Journalism competition, including top awards for investigations and public service.
Lost to abuse,” a series of stories reported by Clare Dignan and Verónica Del Valle that focused on domestic violence in Connecticut, was awarded the Stephen A. Collins Public Service Award.
Policing the police,” an investigation reported by Bill Cummings into how police misconduct is handled internally by a number of law enforcement agencies in Connecticut, was recognized with the Theodore Driscoll Award for Investigative Reporting.
Along with two top awards, HCMG reporters, photographers, editors and columnists received accolades in various categories, including COVID-19 coverage, feature photography, editorial writing, courts and crime coverage and others.
“It is an incredible honor to see such a wide breadth of newsroom work acknowledged in this way. Not only are we immensely proud of the extensive investigative reporting our teams did into the issues of domestic violence and police misconduct, our newsrooms raised the bar even higher with deepened content and reader experience on everything from COVID-19, diversity, sports and political coverage — to vibrant visuals, photo essays, high-impact design and infographics,” said Wendy Metcalfe, senior vice president of content and editor-in-chief of HCMG.
“Above all, I am heartened our team here at HCMG continues to elevate and evolve the coverage on behalf of our readers — Lost to Abuse and Policing the Police exemplify this notion. They not only put systemic issues and gaps in the spotlight, these vital stories paved the way for possible positive change, which can better serve Connecticut’s communities in the future. Congratulations to everyone, both inside and outside of our newsrooms, who had their journalistic excellence acknowledged today.”
HCMG includes eight daily and more than a dozen weekly publications as well as CTInsider.com and Connecticut Magazine.
According to Connecticut SPJ, the competition divides news outlets into five categories — Regional A, Regional B, Hyperlocal, Magazine and Broadcast — based on size of coverage area and staffing levels.
Here is a full list of HCMG awards in the 2021 Excellence in Journalism competition:
  Susan Shultz, third place in the Hyperlocal category. Ben Lambert, second place in the Regional A category. Michael Catarevas, second place in the Magazine category.
  Ken Dixon, second place in the Regional A category.
  Susan Shultz, first place in the Hyperlocal category. Rob Ryser, first place in the Regional B category.
  Katrina Koerting, first place in the Hyperlocal category. Donald Eng and Brian Gioiele, second place in the Hyperlocal category. Brian Lockhart, first place in the Regional A category. Tara O’Neill, Liz Hardaway and Peter Yankowski, second place in the Regional A category. Julia Bergman, third place in the Regional A category. Cassandra Day and Adam Hushin, first place in the Regional B category.
  Meghan Friedmann, first place in the Regional A category. Dan Brechlin, Lidia Ryan and Bryan Haeffele, second place in the Regional A category. Richard Chumney, first place in the Regional B category. Cassandra Day, second place in the Regional B category. Erik Ofgang, first place in the Magazine category.
  Jordan Fenster, second place in the Regional A category. Currie Engel, second place in the Regional B category.
  Susan Shultz, third place in the Hyperlocal category. Brian Zahn, second place in Regional A category. Currie Engel, second place in the Regional B category. Meg Weisberg, second place in the Magazine category.
 Arnold Gold, first place in the Regional A category.
  HCMG staff, third place in the Regional A category.
  Don Eng, second place in the Hyperlocal category. Julia Perkins, first place in the Regional B category. Verónica Del Valle, second place in the Regional B category.
  John Breunig, first place in the Regional A category.
  J.D. Freda, second place in the Hyperlocal category. Cayla Bamberger, second place in the Regional A category. Brian Zahn, third place in the Regional A category. Emily Morgan, first place in the Regional B category. Ignacio Laguarda, third place in the Regional B category.
  Arnold Gold, first place in the Regional A category.
  Susan Shultz, third place in the Hyperlocal category. Andrew DaRosa, second place in the Regional A category. Rob Ryser, second place in the Regional B category. Rand Richards Cooper, second place in the Magazine category.
  Hugh Bailey, first place in the Regional A category. Sandra Diamond Fox, third place in the Regional B category. Ron Farina, first place in the Magazine category. Albie Yuravich, second place in the Magazine category. Joseph M. Korzon, third place in the Magazine category.
  Susan Shultz, third place in the Hyperlocal category. Meghan Friedmann, second place in the Regional A category. Ken Dixon, third place in the Regional A category. Brianna Gurciullo, first place in the Regional B category. Currie Engel, third place in the Regional B category.
  Susan Nusbaum, first and third place in the Regional A category. Lynn Schnier, first and third place in the Regional B category. Ashley Winchester, second place in the Regional B category. Albie Yuravich, first place in the Magazine category. Greg Moody, second place in the Magazine category.
  Currie Engel and Shayla Colon, first place in the Regional B category. Emily M. Olson, third place in the Regional B category. Theresa Sullivan Barger, first and second place in the Magazine category.
  John Breunig, first and third place in the Regional A category. A. H. Saxon, second place in the Magazine category.
  Ken Dixon, second place in the Regional A category. Abigail Brone, second place in the Regional B category. Michael J. Bielawa, first place in the Magazine category. Christopher Hoffman, second place in the Magazine category.
  Bryan Haeffele and Ian Murren, first place in the Regional A category. Bryan Haeffele, third place in the Regional A category.
  Jordan Fenster, second place in the Regional A category.
  Ashley Winchester, second place in the Regional A category. Leeanne Griffin, third place in the Regional A category. James Gribbon, first place in the Magazine category. Theresa Sullivan Barger, third place in the Magazine category.
  Grace Duffield, third place in the Hyperlocal category. Meghan Friedmann, first and third place in the Regional A category.
  Arnold Gold, first place in the Regional A category.
  Bryan Haeffele, first place in the Regional A category. Greg Moody, first and third place in the Magazine category. Alyson Moschcovich, second place in the Magazine category.
  Sue Nusbaum, second place in the Regional A category, and first place in the Regional B category. Lynn Schnier, second place in the Regional B category. Ryan Olbrysh, second place in the Magazine category.
  HCMG staff, first place in the Regional A category. Patrick Sikes, second place in the Regional A category. Liz Hardaway, Peter Yankowski, Tara O’Neill, Sandra Diamond Fox, H. John Voorhees III, Patrick Sikes, Nicole Funaro and Lidia Ryan, third place in the Regional A category. Susan Nusbaum and Christian Abraham, first, second and third place in the Regional B category.
  Abigail Brone, third place in the Regional B category.
  Clare Dignan and Verónica Del Valle, first place in the Regional A category.
  Jeff Jacobs, first and second place in the Regional A category. David Rafferty, second and third place in the Regional B category.
  David Borges, second place in the Regional A category.
  Paul Doyle, first place in the Regional A category. Mike Anthony, second place in the Regional A category.

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