Tribune staffers up for awards

WARREN — Tribune Chronicle newsroom staff members will receive seven awards in the annual Associated Press Media Editors’ 2017 newspaper contest, the AP announced Monday. First-, second- and third-place finishes will be revealed during an awards banquet March 24 in Columbus.

Sports writers Joe Simon and John Vargo are both finalists as Best Sports Columnist, a body-of-work category. Simon also is a finalist for Best Sports Writer and Vargo is a finalist for Best Sports Enterprise story for his article “And the search is on,” about Youngstown State University basketball coaches scouting recruits.

Former copy editor George Pollock Jr. is a finalist for Best Headline Writer and Editor Brenda Linert is a finalist as Best Editorial Writer.

Entertainment writer Andy Gray is a finalist in the best explanatory reporting category for his work “Bequests: Put them in writing.” One of the other finalists in that category is Jon Wysochanski, now a Tribune Chronicle reporter but who was writing for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram when he produced the story “Opioid Overload.”

The Tribune staff will also receive an award for best spot news coverage for the work “Officer killed in Girard,” the breaking news story about the shooting death of officer Justin Leo.

The Tribune Chronicle competes in Division IV, which includes Ohio daily newspapers with an average circulation between 19,000 and 59,999.

Sixty-four daily newspapers submitted 1,922 entries in the contest, which included featured news, sport stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2017.