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Winners in 2018 North Carolina AP News Excellence Contest

March 22, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Winners in the North Carolina Associated Press News Excellence Awards were announced Thursday at the North Carolina Press Association awards ceremony.

AP-member newspapers across the state submitted entries in the AP contest to recognize exemplary journalism published in 2018. The AP is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing thousands of newspapers and broadcasters in the United States.

— Division III (newspapers with 200,000 or more total weekly circulation):

Thomas Wolfe Award - Outstanding writing: 1, Andrew Carter, The News & Observer, “Their Community Lost Nearly Everything. Can a Football Team Give Them Hope?”; 2, Asheville Citizen-Times, “Age of Addiction”; 3, Tim Funk, The Charlotte Observer, “Minister’s Daughters Ask: Why is Photo of Our Father, a Pedophile, on a Church Wall?”

Walter Spearman Award - Outstanding writing by a journalist with less than two years of experience: 1, Brendan Marks, The Charlotte Observer, “Collection of Stories”; 2, Patrick Ferlise, Winston-Salem Journal, “You’ve Got This.”

Senator Sam Award - Outstanding open government reporting: 1, The Fayetteville Observer, “Challenging Government Secrecy”; 2, Michael Hewlett, Sarah Newell and Wesley Young, Winston-Salem Journal, “Journal Seeks Shooting Footage”; 3, Jane Wester and Anna Douglas, The Charlotte Observer, “Open Records Fight.”

— Division II (newspapers with total weekly circulation between 95,000 and 199,999):

O. Henry Award - Outstanding writing: 1, Kevin Ellis, The Gaston Gazette, “Hard Time Hotel Closes Down”; 2, Kevin Ellis, The Gaston Gazette, “Roger Self Accused of Killing 2 Family Members”; 3, Jimmy Tomlin, The High Point Enterprise, “The Princess Papers.”

Walter Spearman Award - Outstanding writing by a journalist with less than two years of experience: 1, Lee Sanderlin, The High Point Enterprise, “4 Days in High Point”

— Division I (newspapers with total weekly circulation of less than 95,000):

O. Henry Award - Outstanding writing: 1, Lisa Boykin Batts, The Wilson Times, “A Secret Father”; 2, Gregory Clark, The (Manteo) Coastland Times, “Remembering the November Day That Changed Everything”; 3, Drew C. Wilson, The Wilson Times, “Lamm’s Station the Oldest Business in Sims.”

— Division II and Division I

Senator Sam Award - Outstanding open government reporting: 1, Corey Friedman, The Wilson Times, “Schools’ Policy Stifles Speech.”

— All Divisions

North Carolina AP Member Photo of the Year - Andrew Carter, The News & Observer, Raleigh.

A list of winners can be found at http://discover.ap.org/contests/north-carolina