Thursday, July 2, 2009

Hill helps newspaper win national awards

The Chronicle takes home five national awards

Paper faced much larger competitors

Chronicle Staff Report

Winston-Salem, NC -- The Chronicle received five awards for journalism excellence last week from the National Newspaper Publishers Association. The group held its annual Merit Award compeition during the convention in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Chronicle took home three first place awards in the Best Use of Photographs, Best Special Edition and Best Feature Story categories. The paper and former sports editor Anthony Hill also won a second-place honor in the Best Sports Section category and a third-place award for Best Business Section.

The Best Feature Story award went to Chronicle reporter Layla Farmer for her story on Chevara Orrin, a local woman who was molested as a child by her father, the noted Civil Rights leader James Bevel. The Best Special Edition award was for The Chronicle's tabloid and news coverage honoring Dr. Maya Angelou on her 80th birthday last year. Both Farmer's story and the Angelou special edition also won first place awards earlier this year from the North Carolina Press Association. The Best Sports Section went to Anthony Hill, The Chronicle's former sports editor.

"The Merit Awards are always a tough competition, especially for us because we are competiting with papers based in much larger markets like Los Angeles, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Chicago," said T. Kevin Walker, The Chronicle's managing editor. "When we put out the best product that we can each week, our goal is never to win awards, but it feels good to all of us to be recognized for our efforts."

Note: The following story appeared in The Chronicle on July 2, 2009.


  1. I am honestly honored to have won such an honor. It really means a lot to me to be recognized for the hard work I put into my craft.

  2. Congrats!! You of all people deserve it. I look forward to reading more!