CDT named top newspaper in Keystone Press Awards

Abby Drey
Abby Drey

The Centre Daily Times was named Pennsylvania’s best newspaper in its circulation division in the 2016 Keystone Press Awards.

The CDT was selected as the sweepstakes winner among news organizations with a circulation less than 20,000.

In addition, the CDT totaled 12 individual awards, including first-place finishes in four categories:

▪ Lori Falce, who covers Penn State, won first place for beat reporting.

▪ David Kubarek took top honors in front page design.

▪ Abby Drey won first place for photo story/essay.

▪ Freelance writer Chris Rosenblum topped the column category.

Second-place honorees for the CDT included:

▪ Features reporter Frank Ready, for his Flix Picks and fall movie preview.

▪ Falce, for her news feature on Sen. Jake Corman’s attorney.

▪ Penn State football reporter Jourdan Rodrigue, for sports beat reporting.

▪ Copy editor Sarah Rafacz, for front page design.

Staff members receiving honorable mentions included:

▪ Rodrigue, for sports/outdoor column writing.

▪ Ready, for his feature story about miracle child Amina Mannaa.

▪ Nabil Mark, for news photo, and for photo story/essay.

According to the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, sponsor of the contest, nearly 3,950 entries were received from 128 news organizations. Entries were judged by journalists in North Carolina.

PNA will recognize the winners May 21, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Press Conference in Harrisburg.