The Sun News took home 21 awards Saturday night at the annual South Carolina Press Association meeting in Greenville, including five first place awards, seven second place and seven third place honors.
Coming in first in their categories were Alan Blondin for spot sports story and sports enterprise reporting, Maya Prabhu for short story, and Janet Blackmon Morgan for humorous photo and sports action photo.
The Sun News came in second in its circulation category in general excellence. Other second place awards included Issac Bailey for online column writing, Dan Golden for editorial in support of open government, Dawn Bryant for business reporting, David Wren for short story, Blondin for sports feature, and Morgan for a photo series or photo story.
Third place awards went to Bailey for news feature writing, Wren for profile feature writing and a series of articles, Ryan Young and Kurt Knapek for spot sports story, Morgan for general news photo and a photo series or photo story. 843 Life. Style. Dine. was also honored for third place in the feature speciality publication category.
Wren and Prabhu also got honorable mentions in the categories of enterprise reporting and profile feature writing, respectively.
Jack Osteen, publisher of The Item in Sumter was elected president of the Press Association. Osteen is the fourth member of his family to lead the association. H.G. Osteen was president in 1922, H.D. Osteen was president in 1953 and Hubert D. Osteen Jr. was president in 1977.
Morrey Thomas, publisher of the News and Press in Darlington, and Judi Mundy Burns, publisher of the Index-Journal in Greenwood, were elected as vice presidents. Ellen Priest, president and publisher of The Summerville Journal Scene, was elected treasurer.