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Headliner News Awards Handed Out

March 17, 1998

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ The Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, WGBH Boston and Westwood One radio network captured top honors Tuesday in the National Headliner Awards, a journalism competition held annually by The Press Club of Atlantic City.

``Unnecessary Danger,″ a seven-part Dayton Daily News series about military doctors by Russell Carollo and Jeff Nesmith, won best of show in the print category and was also named best investigative report.

The reporters were cited for exposing ``the horrors inflicted on the men and women of the military by oftentimes unlicensed military doctors.″

In television, WGBH’s ``Nova″ program won best of show and best series for ``Coma,″ which chronicled the treatment of a 9-year-old boy who suffered a head injury.

In radio, Westwood One-Mutual News-NBC won best of show and best documentary for ``A Question of Color,″ four 20-minute programs examining race relations in America.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionand Pittsburgh Post-Gazette each captured two first-place prizes, while The Associated Press won three firsts for photography and one for feature writing.

The 64th annual Headliner Awards will be presented in a May 2 banquet at the Tropicana Casino and Resort here.

In the newspaper division, The Albuquerque Tribune won for spot news coverage by a paper with less than 50,000 circulation, while the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal and The Seattle Times won for papers with circulation of more than 50,000 and 150,000, respectively.

Nicole Brodeur of The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., won for best column on a variety of subjects. Nicole Piscopo of The Palm Beach Post won for best column on one subject.

Newsday’s Doug Marlette captured the top prize for editorial cartooning and Jay Bookman of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for editorial writing. Steve Hummer of the Journal-Constitution won for sports writing and Cynthia Crossen of The Wall Street Journal for feature writing.

The (Baltimore) Sun won in public service for its investigation of literacy problems in Baltimore public schools.

In the magazine division, The American won for Mark Hunter’s series about federal ``Baby Doe″ mandates and Bill Gifford of Philadelphia Magazine won for feature writing. Michael Meyerhoff of Hemispheres magazine won for best column.

Among news services and syndicates, Copley News Service was honored for best series and Sharon Cohen of the AP for feature writing. Dave Wood of Newhouse News Service won for best special feature column.

In photography, the winners were Martha Rial of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (spot news), Steve Nehl of The Oregonian (features) and Dave Einsel of the Houston Chronicle (sports).

The AP’s Santiago Lyon (spot news), Carlos Osorio (feature) and Elise Amendola (sports) won for photography by a syndicate or news service.

In network and cable television, ``Dateline NBC″ won three first-place prizes, for coverage of a major news event, human interest story and news magazine.

``Inside Edition″ won in investigative reporting for its examination of working and living conditions among garment manufacturing employees.

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