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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Area Journalists Get Awards

Smethport correspondent Fran De Lancey earned five awards at The Bradford Era’s annual correspondent awards luncheon Wednesday at La Herradura.

Capturing one award each were Port Allegany correspondent Martha Knight, St. Marys correspondent Gretchen Rokosky, Duke Center correspondent Dorothy Shoff, Eldred correspondent Tom Freer and Johnsonburg correspondent Tim Hoh.

The contest was judged by Era staff.

De Lancey received awards for Best Feature Story for a Clermont man restoring an old barn for his home; Business News for a story on Smethport Specialty seeing an upswing in toy sales because of lead paint worries in foreign-made toys; Political Coverage for a story on U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., holding a town meeting in Smethport; and Special Coverage for his stories describing Memorial Day ceremonies in Smethport and Crosby.

Knight’s award reflected her work on Ongoing News Coverage on the Pittsburgh Corning plant in Port Allegany.

Rokosky was feted for Best Meeting Report for a Life and Independence For Today meeting where staff and an independent contractor attempted to present complaints to the board, but were denied.



Shoff was honored for Best Feature Photo for a picture of an Otto-Eldred High School teacher who planned to teach English in South Korea.

Freer received an award for Best News Photo for a picture of a house fire on Slack Hollow Road in Eldred.

Hoh was honored for Spot News Coverage for a story about Johnsonburg schools dismissing early because of a water line break.

From Bradford Era

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