A Pulitzer Pour, after a great speech by Philadelphia Daily News Pulitzer winners Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman, brought down the house last night during the Keystone newspaper awards dinner at the Penn Stater.
Students covering the conference feature the moment on their Web site. Take a look if you'd like and read about our activities over the weekend.
Our silent auction, made possible by donations by editors across the state, raised $1,570 to keep the intern progam going next year in Gettysburg. Thanks to all donors and bidders.
I was honored to accept another the Keystone sweepstakes for Centre Daily Times, made possible by the awards won by our staffers throughout the newsroom. I mentioned this in my Saturday column.
As I told the audience, our staff is remarkable. Hard work and team work make things happen at the CDT, and that's why this paper has won 14 consecutive sweepstakes honors.
I was able to recognize an unsung hero, city editor Teresa Bonner, who juggles with the best of them. She keeps the train running on projects and coverage, and that was shown just recently in the Boob murder trial in Bellefonte. Four reporters took turns covering sessions of that trial, posting online updates, tweeting and combining efforts on the daily stories. It was amazing, and it's what happens at the CDT.
The conference represented the end of my state leadership service, after handing over the reigns of the PAPME board on Friday night to good friend and fellow APME national board member Cate Barron of the Patriot-News. Not a worry, I have plenty to do in my national post, which is an tremendous honor.
Congratulations to the award winners here and all over the state.