Awards for the Observer (12/10/09)

Dec. 10, 2009

Staff report

The Observer took home three awards from the Vermont Press Association’s annual writing and photography awards presentation, held in Montpelier on Dec. 3.

Sports correspondent Mal Boright won second place in the non-daily category for best sports writing. Editor Greg Duggan was awarded second place in the non-daily category for feature writing. Freelance photographer Stephen Mease received honorable mention for a feature photo in the non-daily category.

VPA Executive Director Mike Donoghue said the annual competition for the 2008 top Vermont journalism awards was open to the 10 daily and 48 non-daily newspapers that circulate in the state. Out-of-state journalists selected by the New Hampshire Press Association judged the contest, Donoghue said.

Other awards were given in daily and non-daily categories, including Best in Vermont and best local story.

Burlington lawyer Robert Hemley received the Matthew Lyon Award for his First Amendment efforts for open courtrooms and access to public records, along with helping to fight unwarranted subpoenas of journalists.