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York Daily Record/Sunday News Keystone awards 2015

According to its website, The Keystone Press Awards reinforce excellence by individuals in the newspaper profession, by recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers, and faithfully fulfills its First Amendment rights/responsibilities. 

Take a look at the York Daily Record/Sunday News’ winners for 2015. 

Investigative reporting

Fix Pa.’s killer dams – honorable mention

Pennsylvania has more than 3,000 low-head dams, which experts describe as perfect drowning machines. The best way to eliminate the danger of these obsolete mill dams is to remove them. Pennsylvania has been a national leader in dam removal — and it is one of just two states with laws requiring warning signs and exclusion zones around dams. But there is a simple way to make these dams safer and help fish migrate upstream: Rock ramps that convert dams into rapids.

Special projects

First place: Striving to be stellar: Olympic dreams drive Chance Marsteller 

Second place: Back to Boston (watch the film)

Pushing back against the bombing terror they survived last year, thousands will venture back to Boston for the annual 26.2-mile rite of spring, the Boston Marathon. For these York-area athletes, this race is personal, but their stance is unified: They are runners. So they will run.


First place: Fall all-star series 

Sports event coverage

Second place: Penn State storms back to win last-second thriller in Ireland 

Sports/outdoor column

First place: Frank Bodani – This baseball man was about a lot more than the game; A four-day Irish blur in the name of Penn State football and blood pudding; We can all learn from Neil Klinedinst, the ultimate Susquehannock fan

Honorable mention: Steve Navaroli – From A to Z: The YAIAA year in review for 2013-13; Central York’s Brad Livingston is a rare breed of coach; Ron Miller leaves a legacy to remember

Feature story

First place: Frank Bodani - Penn State’s Pete Curkendall and his wife give love and their lives to a family of ‘underdogs’

News feature story

Second place: Mike Argento – Tom Wolf’s Election Day

Personality profile

First place: Mike Argento – Invisible among us

Feature beat reporting

Second place: Health beat, Rebecca Hanlon

News photo

Second place: Paul Kuehnel – Body of missing boater found

Photo story/essay

Second place: Chris Dunn – Forever her child

Honorable mention: Kate Penn, Jason Plotkin, Paul Kuehnel, Chris Dunn – Tom Wolf on Election Day

Headline writing

Honorable mention: Mike Argento – An email from (redacted); Nothing to fear but Ebola itself; When art imitates life — or art

Video story 

First place: Kate Penn and Back to Boston