Bruce Winges

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The Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com received two Best of Ohio first-place awards and 10 first-places in other categories at the 2017 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards sponsored by the Press Club of Cleveland.

In addition, the Beacon Journal was recognized as Ohio’s second-best newspaper and Ohio.com was named the third-best website in the state. The Beacon Journal’s work was recognized with a total of 32 awards at a dinner Friday night in Cleveland.

The Press Club of Cleveland received a record number of entries —more than 900 from across the state. Judging was done by journalists from New Orleans, western Pennsylvania, Los Angeles, Idaho, Milwaukee, San Francisco, San Diego, Syracuse and Arizona.

Sports columnist/Cavs reporter Marla Ridenour was named the Best in Ohio for her columns. She also received a first-place award in the category of sports columns. Best in Ohio for essay writing went to columnist Bob Dyer.

Other first-place winners were Mary Beth Breckenridge (lifestyle), Stephanie Warsmith (obituary), Rick Steinhauser (illustration), Paula Schleis (general news), Michael Chritton (general and sports photography), Mike Cardew (feature photography) and Phil Masturzo (studio and portrait photography).

In naming the Beacon Journal Ohio’s second-best newspaper, the judge cited the writing and reporting. “Among the highlights: The final moments in the cockpit before the Akron plane crash, the report on autopsies, the fired officers. There was great local reporting in the post-election Community [section], and I enjoyed the illustrations of the basketball players in the May 1st edition.”

The Plain Dealer was named Ohio’s best newspaper.

The Beacon Journal’s website, Ohio.com, was named the third-best website in Ohio. First place went to the Dayton Business Journal, and the Cincinnati Business Courier took second.

Here is a list of the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com winners:

•?Best In Ohio: Column

First Place — Marla Ridenour, sports columnist

•?Best In Ohio: Essay

First Place — Bob Dyer

•?Best In Ohio: Cartooning

Second Place — Brian Shellito

•?Best Website In Ohio

Third Place — Ohio.com Darrin Werbeck, Dan Kadar, Deanna Stevens

•?Best Daily Newspaper in Ohio (more than 75,000 circulation)

Second Place — Akron Beacon Journal

•?General News Column

Second Place — After an amazing comeback, the ultimate defeat, Bob Dyer

•?Sports Column

First Place — LeBron James delivers tears of joy, Marla Ridenour

•?Lifestyle

First Place — A colorful character dies, Mary Beth Breckenridge

Third Place — Indomitable pheasant incites fear, Mary Beth Breckenridge

•?Single Essay

Third Place — For a first-time voter, this election is daunting, Theresa Cottom

•?Obituary

First Place — Federal judge did job justice, Stephanie Warsmith

Second Place — County Executive Russ Pry, Amanda Garrett

•?Single Editorial

Third Place — One Nation, Michael Douglas

•?Travel Writing

Third Place — Antietam battlefield is full of ghosts, Bob Downing

•?Single Cartoon

Third Place — Promised Land — LeBron James, Brian Shellito

•?Illustration Single Image

First Place — Chrissie Hynde, Rick Steinhauser

Third Place — Cavaliers NBA Playoffs, Brian Shellito

•?Single Page Design

Second Place — Won for All, Mark Turner, Bob DeMay

•?Spread or Multiple Page Design

Second Place — Brotherly Love, Mark Turner, Leah Klafczynski, Kimberly Barth, Bob DeMay

•?Breaking News: Consecutive Days — Same Topic

Second Place — Huntington to acquire Akron’s FirstMerit, staff

•?Breaking News: Single-Day Package

Third Place — Scarborough Out, staff

•?General News: Single Story

First Place — Chaos in the cockpit, Paula Schleis

•?Features: Personality Profile

Third Place — Roller coaster life of 1996 Olympic gold-medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu reaches another peak, Marla Ridenour

•?Public Service

Second Place — Your Vote Ohio, staff Your Vote Ohio

•?General News Photography

First Place — Heroin Kills, Michael Chritton

•?Sports Photography

First Place — Head First, Michael Chritton

Second Place — Welcome home, Maddy, Phil Masturzo

•?General Feature Photography

First Place — BFF, Mike Cardew

Third Place — Hero’s Welcome, Phil Masturzo

•?Studio Photography

First Place — Blackberry and Peach Cobbler, Phil Masturzo

•?Portrait / Personality Photography

First Place — Civil War, Phil Masturzo

•?Photo Journalism

Second Place — Game Face, Leah Klafczynski