Awards Galore for CT Publications


Hats off to all of the Connecticut news publications that received awards Saturday evening in Boston!

The Hartford Courant, The Day, Republican-American and The CT Mirror, among others, received honors and awards at the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s New England Better Newspaper Competition.

The Hartford Courant’s Alex Putterman honored with 2019 “Rookie of the Year.” Photo: Shawn McFarland.

Christopher Peak of the New Haven Independent received three awards in the business reporting, government reporting and best solutions journalism project categories.

Bill Shettle of the Republican-American took home six awards in the portrait photo, sports photo, news feature photo, feature photo and general news photo categories.

Here are some of the award highlights:

General News Story, Daily Newspapers circulation 20,000+

  • First Place: Republican-American for “Confession.”

Community/Audience Involvement, Daily Newspapers 

  • First Place: Karen Montini, Republican-American for “Community Karen.”

Human Interest Feature Story, Daily Newspapers circulation 20,000+

  • Second Place: Dom Amore, Hartford Courant for “Baseball’s Timeless Tale.”

Local Personality Profile, Daily Newspapers circulation 20,000+

  • First Place: Josh Kovner, Hartford Courant for “The Turbulence Within.”

Sports Story, Daily Newspapers circulation 20,000+

  • First Place: Shawn McFarland and Alex Putterman, Hartford Courant for “Critics worry about prep transfer trend.”
  • Second Place: Shawn McFarland, Hartford Courant for “Esports is sweeping the nation and Connecticut high schools are the latest groups to join in.”

Sports Feature Story, Daily Newspapers circulation 20,000+

  • First Place: Harrison Connery, Republican-American for “Batmen.”
Investigative/Enterprise Reporting, Daily Newspapers circulation 20,000+, First Prize went to Jacqui Rabe Thomas, The CT Mirror for “How Some of America’s Richest Towns for Affordable Housing.” Pictured here with CT Mirror Editor Elizabeth Hamilton (left). Photo: CT Mirror.

Local Election Coverage, Daily Newspapers 

  • Second Place: Mark Pazniokas and Keith Phaneuf, The CT Mirror for “The race for governor.”

Arts & Entertainment Reporting, Daily Newspapers circulation 20,000+

  • First Place: Rick Koster, The Day for “Surgical Soundtracks.”

Website Interactivity and Engagement, Combined Newspapers 

  • First Place: Hartford Courant’s “Digital Storytelling Playbook.”

Best Podcast 

  • First Place: Lindsay Boyle, Carlos Virgen, Peter Huoppi, The Day for “Case Unsolved: Erika Cirioni.”

A full list of award recipients is published on NENPA’s website.