Several Centre Daily Times staff members were recognized recently for their work published in 2016.
Reporter/editor Sarah Rafacz received three Excellence in Journalism Awards, announced this month by the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association.
Rafacz won first place in the PWPA’s travel/arts category for her story about a printmaker’s exhibition at the Palmer Museum of Art. Her story about climate change in Pennsylvania received second-place honors in the outdoor/environmental category. Rafacz also received an honorable mention for her feature story about nonagenarians reflecting on the possibility of a female U.S. president.
CDT journalists were selected in three categories in the Keystone Press Awards, which were presented May 20 in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Press Conference in Lancaster. The annual awards recognize outstanding journalism produced by state media organizations. The CDT competed in Division III, which includes multi-day publications with a circulation of 15,000 to 29,999.
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Photographer Abby Drey received a second-place award in Photo Story/Essay for her July 2016 feature on State College Spikes honorary bench coach Josiah Viera, a 12-year-old boy who has a rare genetic disorder that causes aging at a young age.
Sports writer Gordon Brunskill received an honorable mention in Sports Story for his February 2016 profile of State High basketball star Kyla Irwin, who now plays at the University of Connecticut.
The CDT staff was a second-place selection in the Page Design category. The honor was based on the designs of three pages — one a feature about local wedding venues; another on the Pink Zone; and a third page about Centre County teams entering the state high school softball and baseball playoffs.
In a separate competition, Drey’s profile of Viera was selected as a finalist and second-place recipient for Best Picture Story in Division II of the 2016 Pennsylvania Associated Press Newspaper Contest, announced May 19 by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Media Editors.