Enterprise wins 7 journalism awards

ALBANY – The Adirondack Daily Enterprise was given seven statewide journalism awards Wednesday.

The prizes came from the New York News Publishers Association’s 2012-13 Awards for Excellence competition. The Enterprise competed in the under-10,000 circulation class, winning the most awards among those daily newspapers. Only first-place prizes are given.

Enterprise Senior Staff Writer Chris Knight won three of the awards on his own and combined with Outdoors Writer Mike Lynch to win another. Lynch won one on his own, and so did Senior Sports Writer Lou Reuter.

The Enterprise staff as a whole won the Specialty Publication prize for the outdoor recreation magazine Embark. Sports and Features Editor Morgan Ryan, who edits Embark, accepted that award.

Knight won the Investigative Reporting award for “Punishment for praise,” his reporting on a state Department of Transportation engineer who was threatened with firing and pressured into early retirement because he spoke to the press without his superiors’ permission – even though the interview he had given was only to praise the DOT’s work.

Knight won in Business Reporting for “Nursing homes in the red,” an in-depth story on the stressful financial state and uncertain future of North Country nursing homes.

In Feature Writing, Knight won for “A phone call, and a thank-you, just in time,” a story about a Florida blues singer who, as a 4-year-old in 1964, was dropped to safety from the fifth-floor window of a burning hotel in Saranac Lake. In 2013, upon finding out the name and phone number of the firefighter who had caught her that day, she called his Saranac Lake home and had a heartfelt conversation with him. Days later, he died of cancer.

Lynch won the Beat Reporting category for coverage of his outdoors beat, as evidenced by a sampling of stories.

Reuter won in Feature Photography for a photo of a girl hollering as she rode a soap-box car downhill in Saranac Lake’s Daffest Derby.

Lynch and Knight won in the Multi-Media Presentation category for video reporting they did in Indian Lake about preparations for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Adirondack Challenge boat races there.

The NYNPA awards were presented at the State Room restaurant in Albany.

“We are extremely thankful for the caliber of journalism and the compelling photos for which our staff has been awarded,” Enterprise Publisher Catherine Moore said. “We are proud of our reporters’ hard work and commitment in keeping the community informed and engaged.”