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APME Presents Top Performance and Dougherty Awards

September 15, 1987

SEATTLE (AP) _ The Associated Press Managing Editors association has selected AP Seoul Bureau Chief Barry Renfrew, AP Fort Worth Correspondent Mike Cochran, and AP photographers Itsuo Inouye of Tokyo and Bob Child of Hartford, Conn., for its annual ″top performance″ awards.

APME also named AP newswoman Paige St. John of Charleston, W.Va., as winner of the seventh annual John L. Dougherty award.

The ″top performance″ awards are given annually to recognize outstanding work by AP reporters and photographers during the previous year. Two reporters are honored, one for performing under deadline pressure, the other for feature writing. Similarly, there are two categories for photographers - spot news and feature photography.

Each of the four top performers was awarded $1,500 and a plaque Tuesday at the APME convention here.

The John L. Dougherty award is a tribute to excellence by a young AP writer. Dougherty, a former APME leader and managing editor of the Rochester (N.Y.) Newspapers, had an abiding interest in good writing and helped young writers improve their skills. He died in 1980. As the seventh recipient of the Dougherty award, St. John received a $1,000 cash award and a plaque.

Renfrew was honored for his coverage of the Korean demonstrations and Cochran for his account of the long search for a Texas fugitive.

Inouye was selected for his photo coverage of rioting in Seoul while Child was singled out for his picture of a weeping policewoman saluting at the funeral of her slain fiance, another police officer.

Awards for excellence in the ″top performance″ reporting-writing competition went to Scott McCartney of Dallas, a member of the AP regional reporting team, for his coverage of the impact of falling oil prices and also for his part in a series on water problems in the West.

Three other members of the AP regional reporting team, Lisa Levitt Ryckman of Seattle, Tad Bartimus of Denver and Sharon Cohen of Chicago, also were cited for excellence for the water problem series, as was Roger Gillott of AP’s Los Angeles bureau.

The AP Oklahoma City bureau was recognized for excellence for coverage of the post office massacre in Edmond, Okla.

Awards for excellence for photography were given to Paul Vathis of Harrisburg, Pa., for his series of pictures of State Treasurer Bud Dwyer’s suicide; Pete Leabo of San Francisco for his picture of an expressive Pope John Paul II; Richard Drew of New York for his picture of Cardinal John O’Connor and Mayor Koch greeting each other at the St. Patrick’s Day parade; and Robert Dear of London for his shot of tennis player Tim Wilkinson lunging for a ball during a Wimbledon match.

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