Monadnock Ledger-Transcript wins 18 awards at Press Association ceremony

  • Ledger-Transcript editor Ben Conant was named the New Hampshire Press Association's Photographer of the Year at the awards ceremony Wednesday. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce—

Published: 5/31/2019 4:36:21 PM

The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript won 18 New Hampshire Press Association 2018 Distinguished Journalism Awards at the association’s banquet at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester Wednesday night.

The honors included several first place awards in entertainment, sports and spot news reporting as well as sports page and special section.

Editor Ben Conant was also honored as Photographer of the Year.

“I was thrilled to find out I was named Photographer of the Year. I’ve put a lot of time and energy into capturing the passion and politics of the Monadnock Region and it feels great to be rewarded for that,” Conant said, adding, “I skipped the awards ceremony to cover a Conant softball playoff game. The recognition is nice but I was happy to continue shining the spotlight on the incredible student-athletes that I get to cover – that’s who it’s really all about.”

News/Digital Editor Meghan Pierce said she is most honored by the newspapers wins for special sections. The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript took home first place for its Special Section ‘The Dean Murder – 100 Years Later’ as well as third place for its special section ‘Veterans Day 2018.’

“These special sections were collaborative efforts both within the newsroom with as well as between the newsroom and our ad staff who sold the ads that made them possible. And I know the stories written for these special sections were a labor of love for our reporters so these wins mean the most to me,” Pierce said.

Conant also won numerous awards for his photography including the first, second and third place for Feature Photo ‘Decisions, Decisions,’ ‘Baseball’s Bubbles Burst’ and ‘End of an Era.’ And first and second place for Sports Photo ‘Orioles Flying High’ and ‘Don’t Look Now.’

He also took first place in Sports Page for the 2018 All-Star basketball team page and won first place for Sports Feature for his story on longtime baseball coach Bob Caswell and first place for Sports News for his story on Dublin School basketball players Stella Davis and Bette Imhoff scoring their 1,000th career points in the same game.

Conant also won third place for Feature Story for his story about a local veteran, ‘Surviving on Snow in the Battle of the Bulge.’

In Entertainment Reporting, Conant took first place for a review of Amy Jenkins’ film “Instructions on Parting” and Pierce took second with her coverage of the MacDowell Colony’s 2018 Medal Day.

Pierce and reporter Nicholas Handy took first place for Crime/Court Reporting for their coverage of the Brandon Chicklis murder investigation.

Pierce also won first and second place in the Spot News Story category for her coverage of the Chicklis’ murder suspect’s arrest and for her story of a single car crash in Rindge ‘Fiery Tesla Crash Injures Three.’

Pierce also won third place for General News Story for her story ‘Home At Last,’ which told the story of World War II Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Roy F. Davis whose remains were finally returned home in 2018, after he had been reported missing in action in the Pacific in 1944.


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