The Beacon Journal’s Bob Dyer has been named Best Humor Columnist in the nation by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
The award was announced over the weekend.
Dyer was competing against writers from all newspapers with a daily circulation of more than 50,000. Second place went to Brian O’Connor of the Detroit News, and third went to Samantha Bennett of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The judge said about Dyer’s work, “[He] is not saddled with the title ‘humor columnist.’ But his … columns were the freshest and funniest of the entries.
“He worked with the material he met that day, such as when he was drafted to substitute for the food editor as a judge in a pickle-tasting contest. ‘Don’t be too easy,’ the food editor coached. ‘Don’t be afraid to be the East German judge.’…”
Also among his entries was a column “about a 76-year-old granny gone wild in frustration at a local Sears store…. When a plus-sized clerk told her to calm down or she’d have a heart attack, granny responded, ‘You’ll have one before I do, Fatso.’ Three policemen were dispatched to the scene.”
In early June, Dyer won three first-place awards from the Cleveland Press Club, including “Best in Ohio” for body of work. He has won more than 44 regional and national awards, including Best Columnist in the Nation in 2008 from the National Society of Professional Journalists.
Dyer joined the Beacon Journal in 1984.