Telegraph wins 8 Georgia APME awards

Staff reportJune 21, 2014 

The Telegraph won eight Georgia APME awards Saturday, including recognition for the newspaper’s 2013 coverage of a massive, multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 16 that claimed four lives.

The awards, which include recognition for writing, photography and the newspaper’s website, were handed out at a luncheon in Atlanta. The Telegraph competed with other newspapers with circulations of at least 40,000.

The Telegraph’s awards are:

• Deadline reporting: second place for reporters Amy Leigh Womack and Liz Fabian, who covered the 27-vehicle interstate crash that killed four people in February 2013.

• Non-deadline reporting: third place for reporters Joe Kovac Jr. and Amy Leigh Womack for their story “Searching for Shorty.” The story chronicled police efforts to not only solve a cold-case killing but also to identify the dead man, whom they only knew by his nickname of Shorty.

• Business: second place for reporter Jim Gaines for a story that detailed the pollution on a piece of property along the Ocmulgee River in Macon that caused a key investor to back away from plans to develop it into high-end housing, shops and other businesses.

• Freedom of Information: second place for former reporter S. Heather Duncan’s look at the safety of dams across Middle Georgia.

• Best website: third place for macon.com.

• Spot news photo: second place for photography chief Woody Marshall for an image of the deadly pile-up on Interstate 16.

• Sports feature photo: third place for photographer Jason Vorhees for a picture of Mercer University’s men’s basketball coach Bob Hoffman celebrating a semifinal win in the 2013 Atlantic Sun Tournament.

• Photo illustration: third place for Woody Marshall.

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