Awards

Prior to joining The Lapeer County Press in April 2017, I served as editor of The Tuscola County Advertiser, finalist for 2016 Newspaper of the Year from the Michigan Press Association.

I received five individual awards:

First place in the category of best editorial for “The loudest whisper in Caro” by Andrew Dietderich
• Judge’s comments: “Wisely and effectively takes a local school board to task for making light of priority with code references to a football game starting in just four minutes when significant discussion should have been dominating the minds of those elected to help ensure students are being educating and that test score results are viewed as a serious barometer of that education.”

Second place in the category of feature story for “Caro’s last standing barbershop marks 50 years” by Andrew Dietderich
• Judge’s comments: “Excellent, colorful writing. Writer’s keen eye puts the reader in that shop, just like it’s been from the past 50 years. Nice mix of modern-day storytelling and history. A winning combination.”

Third place in the category of business/agriculture news for “Poet Biorefining plans $15M expansion in Caro” by Andrew Dietderich
• Judge’s comments: “A solid news story on an important local economic issue. The depth of sources and clarity of news reporting put this story in the top tier of entries.”

Third place in the category of news enterprise reporting for “Heroin overdose death in Reese; Boyfriend faces life over death of Unionville woman” by Andrew Dietderich
• Judge’s comments: “Excellent exploration of a tragic incident. Articles really humanized the drug problem people are enduring. Going a step farther and talking to those involved made this piece stand out.”

Honorable mention in the category of government/education news for “Fouled out: Reese parent banned from school grounds” by Andrew Dietderich

Awards received prior to 2016 include:

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Third Place, Crain Communications Inc. Editorial Excellence Award, for “On the Hunt for High-end Hires: Companies Look to Fill Exec Jobs Despite Economy” (Oct. 2005)
First Place, Crain Communications Inc. Editorial Excellence Award for "Detroit Tigers Put Political Squeeze on Troy Plan" (Feb. 2005)
First Place, Crain Communications Inc. Editorial Excellence Award for “Detroit Tigers Put Political Squeeze on Troy Plan” (Feb. 2005)
Bronze (Third Place), Best Body of Work/Single Reporter for 2003, from Association of Area Business Publications (July 2004)
Bronze (Third Place), Best Body of Work/Single Reporter for 2003, from Association of Area Business Publications (July 2004)
Third Place, Crain Communications Inc. Editorial Excellence Award, for "Board Game: Efforts to Make Directors More Independent Could Change Makeup of Compuware Board" (Sept. 2002)
Third Place, Crain Communications Inc. Editorial Excellence Award, for “Board Game: Efforts to Make Directors More Independent Could Change Makeup of Compuware Board” (Sept. 2002)
First Place, Crain Communications Inc. Editorial Excellence Award, for "Unplugged: Years of Neglecting Technology Cost Kmart on Its Road to Bankruptcy" (Jan. 2002)
First Place, Crain Communications Inc. Editorial Excellence Award, for “Unplugged: Years of Neglecting Technology Cost Kmart on Its Road to Bankruptcy” (Jan. 2002)
Third Place, Inland Press Foundation, Nation's Best Non-Daily Newspaper Contest, The Northville Record (Feb. 2000)
Third Place, Inland Press Foundation, Nation’s Best Non-Daily Newspaper Contest, The Northville Record (Feb. 2000)
Third Place, American Scholastic Press Association, Best Overall Newspaper, The North Wind (Spring 1997)
Third Place, American Scholastic Press Association, Best Overall Newspaper, The North Wind (Spring 1997)

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