Yankee Quill honors 5 New England journalists
BOSTON (AP) — Five veteran journalists have been chosen to receive the Yankee Quill Award this year for their contributions to journalism in New England.
The Yankee Quill Award is presented annually by the Academy of New England Journalists through the New England Society of Newspaper Editors. Selection is based on a journalist’s influence over the course of a career.
The 2014 honorees are Joe Bergantino, director of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting; Karen Bordeleau, executive editor of The Providence Journal in Rhode Island; John Christie, editor of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting; Richard Lodge, editor of the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham; and Alan White, editor of The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover.
Bergantino was cited for contributions to investigative journalism as a reporter and editor for 23 years at WBZ-TV, and for the co-founding of the investigative reporting center at Boston University five years ago.
Bordeleau last year became the first woman to work as executive editor at The Providence Journal. She was cited by the Quill committee for her role in training and mentoring journalists and dedication to press freedom.
John Christie, who was a reporter and editor at several papers in Massachusetts and Maine, was cited for commitment to the principles of a free press and his role with the public interest reporting center in Maine.
Richard Lodge has edited papers in Lowell, New Bedford, Southbridge and Newton, all in Massachusetts, in addition to Portland, Maine. He was honored for his commitment to the development of community journalism and his record of honing the skills of young journalists.
White has worked at the Eagle-Tribune as a reporter, city editor, assistant managing editor, managing editor and editor. The selection committee cited his role in watchdog community journalism and training of young journalists.
The awards will be presented at a conference Oct. 9 in Natick.