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Photo Credit: Sean Stipp

A statue of Roberto Clemente stands outside a baseball stadium named in his honor in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Trib wins 30 Keystone Media Awards

By: Julia Felton

The Tribune-Review won 30 Keystone Media Awards this year from the Pennsylvania News Media Association.

The awards “reinforce excellence by individuals in the news media profession, by recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity, and initiative in serving readers and audiences, and faithfully fulfills its First Amendment rights (and) responsibilities,” the News Media Association wrote on its site.

“The Keystone Awards have always been a tremendous honor for our reporters, photographers, designers and editors,” said Luis Fabregas, the Trib’s executive editor. “I’m proud of the work they do and confident they will continue to create stories and images that make a difference in our communities. We are extremely grateful for the recognition.”

Awards will be presented during the Keystone Media Awards Luncheon in Harrisburg in November.

The Tribune-Review won 30 awards in the Division II — Multi-day Publications division, which includes outlets with a circulation between 20,000 and 49,999.

Trib staff were recognized in categories ranging from news beat reporting and columns to sports reporting photos.

The Tribune-Review’s Keystone Media Award winners include:
  • Enterprise Reporting — second place — “Radon, the invisible danger” — Deb Erdley, Megan Tomasic
  • Enterprise Reporting — honorable mention — “Afghan refugees in Pittsburgh” — JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
  • News Beat Reporting — second place — Southwestern Pennsylvania politics — Ryan Deto
  • Ongoing News Coverage — honorable mention — “The murder of Cassandra Gross” — Renatta Signorini
  • Business or Consumer Story — first place — “Plan for electric vehicle supercharger stations becoming reality” — Dan Sleva
  • Business or Consumer Story — second place — “Labor leaders see growth in unionism” — Mary Ann Thomas
  • Column — honorable mention — “Bullying behaviors” — Lori Falce
  • Sports Beat Reporting — second place — Pittsburgh Steelers beat — Joe Rutter
  • Sports/Outdoor Column — first place — “Denouncing Vladimir Putin isn’t always easy to do” — Tim Benz
  • Sports Feature — first place — “Valley freshman Sidnie Shirey won’t let disability keep her from swimming, inspiring others” — Michael Love
  • Feature Story — first place — “Finding hope amid darkness” — Megan Guza, Shane Dunlap
  • Feature Story — second place — “50 years ago, Hurricane Agnes left indelible mark” — Brian Rittmeyer
  • News Event Photo — second place — “Ukrainians in Pittsburgh rally” — Shane Dunlap
  • Feature Photo — first place — “Lincoln Motor Court for sale” — Kristina Serafini
  • Feature Photo — second place — “A breeze kicks up” — Louis. B. Ruediger
  • Feature Photo — honorable mention — “A story for Joey” — Kristina Serafini
  • Sports Feature Photo — second place — “Swimmer Sidnie Shirey kicks off the wall” — Louis B. Ruediger
  • Sports Feature Photo — honorable mention — “Wrangling a squirrel” — Christopher Horner
  • Sports Action Photo — first place — “Taze Moore eyes the basketball” — Chaz Palla
  • News Page Design — second place — “Another Shot; Feels Like Home; Emerging from the Primary” — Marje Horvath
  • Feature Page Design — honorable mention — “Inside the pickleball boom; A new take; ‘Only murders in the building’ even better for second season’” — Marje Horvath
  • Sports Page Design — honorable mention — “Keeping the Faith; Best of the Bucs; Changes of Addresses” — Jeff Vella
  • Headline Writing — first place — “A Fighter’s Chance; Unstuck from the Muck; Happy Feet” — John Lehner
  • Documentary — first place — “Roberto Clemente: Keeping the dream alive” — Sean Stipp, Tom Fontaine
  • News Videos — first place — “The John Unger Story” — Sean Stipp, Renatta Signorini
  • Features Videos — first place — “Swim with Sidnie Shirey” — Louis B. Ruediger, Chris Benson
  • Features Videos — second place — “The Modelaires” — Sean Stipp, Chris Benson
  • Features Videos — honorable mention — “Wildcat: The Peaks and Valleys of Laurel Mountain Ski Resort” — Sean Stipp, Chris Benson
  • Podcast — first place — “Their Side of the Slide” — Tim Benz
  • Excellence in Reporting on Diversity - Equity and Inclusion — honorable mention — “TV Talk: Shaler grad directs ‘A Tree of Life’ documentary for HBO; Billy Porter makes directorial debut with Pittsburgh-filmed ‘Anything’s Possible’; Former Pittsburgher directs ‘Better Nate Than Ever,’ based on his novel, for Disney+; ‘Rustin’ actress Adrienne Warren stars in ABC’s ‘Women of the Movement’; CMU grad Denée Benton helped craft, advocate for her ‘Gilded Age’ character” — Rob Owen