ANCHORAGE — Members of the Juneau Empire’s staff won 11 titles, including four first places, in the annual Alaska Press Club awards, the organization announced Saturday at the conclusion of its annual conference here.
Amy Fletcher took first place in the Best Arts Coverage, large print division for her story titled “Teachers learn, students teach at Fireweed Place weaving group led by Della Cheney.” Klas Stolpe earned the top award in the Best Reporting on Crime or Courts, large print category for his article titled “Inmates hope for success outside after time inside.” He also took first in the Best Sports Columnist, large print division for his column titled “New editor wants to play on your team: Long winded, heads-up (and other warning shouts).” Managing editor John R. Moses won the Leslie Ann Murray Award for Best Editorial or Commentary for his pieces titled “Palin/Trump in 2012 — a marketing dream team,” “Time to clear the water and the air” and “Where is King Solomon when you need him?”
Also winning awards for their work in 2011 were Emily Russo Miller (second place, Best Education Reporting, large print division); Michael Penn (second place, Best Sports Photo and third place, Best Feature Photo, large print division) and Stolpe (second place, Best Reporting on Crime or Courts, large print division; third place, Best Scenic Photo, large print division; third place, Best Sports Feature, large print division and third place, Best Sports Game/Event Story, large print division).
The Capital City Weekly, the Empire’s sister publication, claimed four awards in the contest. Former Managing Editor Katie Spielberger took second in the Best Alaska Outdoor Story, all media division and third in the Best Business Reporting, small print category. Former CCW staff writer Richard Radford won second place in the Best Profile, small print division and third place in the Best Short Feature, small print category.
At the conference, Rosey Robards, director of the Alaska Teen Media Institute, was elected president of the Alaska Press Club for the coming year. The club elected Charles Ward, deputy managing editor of the Empire, as its treasurer.