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‘Valley News’ and Staff Receive Awards From Press Association

Boston — The Valley News and the work of several of its journalists were recognized at the New England Newspaper and Press Association conference on Feb. 8.

The newspaper won first place for general excellence among New England newspapers with a circulation of less than 30,000.

Health care reporter Chris Fleisher won a first-place award for health reporting for a story on fluoridation policies in the Upper Valley.

Also taking first-place awards were Jim Kenyon for a story on the suicide of a teenager from Hartford; graphic artist Shawn Braley for an infographic on the dairy industry in Vermont and New Hampshire; and staff writer Warren Johnston for an “A Life” profile of the late Geoffrey Pond, a former NBC correspondent who ended his career as the world-nation editor at the Valley News.

Other winners were staff writers Sarah Brubeck and Maggie Cassidy, second-place in investigative reporting for their stories on TCE contamination in Hanover; sports editor Don Mahler, second place in human interest feature, second place in sports story for his report on concussions, and third place for sports columnist; and photographer James Patterson, a third place for photo illustration.

Additionally, staff writer Alex Hanson was cited for honorable mention in the human-interest feature category; Calendar editor Diane Taylor won third place for special supplement for her work on “Valley Parents;” CloseUp editor Dan Mackie placed third as humor columnist; and Braley won a second place for illustration.