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Detroit News collects dozens of awards at SPJ dinner

The Detroit News
Laura Berman, retired metro columnist at The Detroit  News and Tom Walsh, retired business columnist at Detroit Free Press, were presented Lifetime Achievement Awards Tuesday night by the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Detroit News and its journalists collected 38 awards Tuesday at an annual awards ceremony of the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Business reporter Michael Martinez was awarded Young Journalist of the Year. Former columnist Laura Berman, who retired from The News last year, received a Lifetime Achievement award.

Martinez

Earning first-place honors at the San Marino Club in Troy were:

The Detroit News staff for “Foreclosures Fuel Detroit blight, Cost City $500 Million” in the Digital Media Presentation category; photography editor Charlotte Massey for “A Dangerous, Desperate Journey” in the feature story category; Adam Graham in the criticism category.

For the information graphics category, Tim Summers won first place for “Raid: What Investigation Showed.” Laura Berman won for “The Downfall of Dr. Farid Fata” in the Explanatory Story category; in Feature Page design, Diana McNary won first place.

Massey

Photographer Dale Young took first place for “Steer Wrestler” in the Feature Photography category; reporter Chad Livengood, Shawn D. Lewis and Jennifer Chambers won for “Detroit Public School District Woes” in the General News category. Daren Tomhave took first-place headline honors as a sports copy editor.

Reporters Joel Kurth and Christine MacDonald took top honors for “Detroit’s Foreclosure Meltdown” in the Investigative Reporting category; Stephen Perez won for “Inconsolable Mother” in the News Photography category; John Niyo in the Sports Column category; deputy presentation editor James Hollar took first in the Sports Page Design category; Dale G. Young for “On to the Final Four” in the Sports Photography category. Henry Payne took first place in the Car Review category.

Perez

Sports writers Tony Paul and Matt Charboneau grabbed first for “Police, MSU Investigate Softball Coaches” in the Sports Reporting category; and The Detroit News staff earned first for “‘Equal Dignity’: Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage.”

Second-place honors went to:

Summers for “The Decimation of One City Block” in the informational graphics category; The Detroit News Editorial Board for “Michigan Road Repairs” in the Editorial Writing category; Brandy Baker for “Snooozing Cheerleaders” in the Feature Photography category; Keith Roberts in the Headline Writing category, Livengood for “Courser-Gamrat Scandal in the Michigan Legislature” in the Investigative Reporting category; Kurth, MacDonald and Louis Aguilar for “Arson in Detroit” in the General News category; photographer Daniel Mears for “I-94 Fireball” in News Photography category; designer Jean Johnson in Page One Design category; Bob Wojnowski in Sports Column category; and Mears for “Megatron vs. Superman” in the Sports Photography category.

Young

Former Detroit News reporter Robert Snell took second place for “The Phantom and the Fugitive” in the Digital Media Presentation category.

Taking third place were:

Livengood for “Big Three Tax Credits” in the Explanatory Story category; Young for “Wonder What’s for Lunch?” in the Feature Photography category; Gregg Krupa for “Hockey Features” in the Feature Story category; News Editor Andreas Supanich in the Headline Writing category; Tabb for “Courtroom Vitriol” in the News Photography category; Richard Epps in Page One Design category; John Niyo for “Still Growing Strong: Ted Lindsay” in the Personality Profile category; Mears for “Suspended in Air” in the Sports Photography category.

An honorable mention went to Mears for “Anti-Gravity Chamber” in the Sports Photography category.

SPJ was founded in 1909 making it one of the oldest organizations representing journalists. The group promotes high standards and ethical behavior, encourages diversity and maintains freedom of press, according to its website.

Also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award was columnist Tom Walsh, who is retired from the Detroit Free Press.