Providence Journal wins 45 awards from Rhode Island Press Association

NORTH KINGSTOWN — The Providence Journal captured 45 awards — 17 first-place, 13 second-place, 10 third-place honors and five honorable mentions — on Friday night in the Rhode Island Press Association’s presentation of 131 awards to journalists throughout the state for writing, design and photography in 2021.

In addition, retired Journal sports columnist Bill Reynolds was one of two new members inducted into the association’s hall of fame. He was joined by Bruce Burdett, longtime managing editor of East Bay newspapers.


Business story

First: Patrick Anderson, "Where did all the homes go?"

Arts/entertainment story

Second: Amy Russo, "Grief into art"; Third: Mark Reynolds, "Heading home"

Arts/niche columnist

Second: Gail Ciampa

Arts review/criticism

Third: Susan McDonald, “'Hamilton': Worth Seeing Again?"

Feature story/in-depth

First: Paul Edward Parker, "Miracle girls"; Third: Antonia Noori Farzan, "The future of the ethnic social club"

Feature story/short

First: Paul Edward Parker, "Airbnb in a tree"; Third: Jack Perry, "Santa Claus shortage"

Headline writing

First: Kurt Mayer

News/features columnist

Second: Amy Russo. Honorable mention: Mark Patinkin

News story/in-depth

Second: Amy Russo, "Out in the cold"; Honorable mention: Tom Mooney, "Father’s Day tragedy"

Reporting on the environment

First: Alex Kuffner, "Higher ground"; Honorable mention: Tom Mooney, "Tagging great white sharks"

Single-topic series

Second: Antonia Noori Farzan, Beach access; Third: Katherine Gregg, Eleanor Slater Hospital

Sports columnist

First: Mark Daniels; Second: Bill Koch; Third: Eric Rueb

Sports feature story

First: Mark Daniels, "Stadium bucket list"; Third: Eric Rueb, "High school football player with prosthetic leg"

Sports story

First: Eric Rueb, "From a refugee camp to the Colts"; Second: Mark Daniels, "She’s an NFL agent"

Spot news story

First: Tom Mooney and Antonia Noori Farzan, "Social club shooting"

Unique/most unexpected story

First: Patrick Anderson and Paul Edward Parker: "Car vs. ferry"


Feature photo

First: Kris Craig, "Senior night"; Second: Bob Breidenbach, "A run in the park"

Food photo

Honorable mention: Kris Craig, "Lemon cupcakes"

General news photo

Second: Bob Breidenbach, "They treat him like a human being here"; Third: David DelPoio, "Take it outside"

Photo series/picture story

First: Kris Craig, "Wine time"; Honorable mention: Bob Breidenbach, "Catches of the day"

Sports photo

Third: Bob Breidenbach, "Gameday souvenir"

Spot news photo

First: Bob Breidenbach, "Water search"; Second: Kris Craig, "Taken by storm"

Weather photo

First: Bob Breidenbach, "Swirling clouds at Gillette"; Second: David DelPoio, "Bonjour Henri"


Best newspaper front page

First: Staff, "Code red"; Second: "Heart-wrenching"

Best sports front page

First: Staff, "Worth the wait"


Photographer of the year

Third: Kris Craig

Distinguished journalist

First: Tom Mooney; Second: Katie Mulvaney

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