2020 Page One Awards in Newspaper Journalism (circulation >50,000)

MNSPJ congratulates all the winners recognized Tuesday night at the annual Page One Awards!  Here’s a list of winners for excellence in newspaper journalism (circulation over 50,000).

1A. Breaking News Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Newsroom Newsroom Star Tribune The Cedar Riverside fire The stories in this entry captured both the human emotion when dealing with fire fatalities and the necessary investigative pieces about the lack of sprinklers that may have contributed to the lethality of the fire.
  Second Place Emma Nelson Star Tribune Coverage of the firing of 5 St. Paul Police officers  
    Randy Furst      
    James Walsh      
  Third Place Bob Shaw St. Paul Pioneer Press Water Gremlin pollution control  
1B. Deadline News Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Chao Xiong Star Tribune Guilty of Murder A colorfully crafted story that took the reader inside the courtroom defined the coverage, but the other package elements added important depth and context that made this team effort stand out.




1C. Feature Writing [Newspaper] First Place John Reinan Star Tribune John Reinan feature writing What an interesting and diverse trio of features. Reinan transports his readers to different locales to learn about Minnesotans.
  Second Place Richard Chin Star Tribune Shooting the waves; Shrimply amazing; At holiday haunted houses, scary is always in season  
  Third Place Rachel Hutton Star Tribune Rachel Hutton  
1D. Enterprise/In-Depth (Single story) [Newspaper] First Place Jeremy Olson Star Tribune Minnesota’s rural hospitals are hanging on — for now Excellent, thorough reporting on an issue with significant impact on rural Minnesota. Since this is the enterprise/in-depth category, it should be noted that the photos by Leila Navidi and graphics by C.J. Sinner and Raymond Grumney also helped complement the overall effect of the story.
  Second Place Tad Vezner St. Paul Pioneer Press St. Paul man’s catch-22 shows impact of ‘accelerated foreclosure’ on the poor  
  Third Place Greta Kaul MinnPost Are Minnetonka Public Schools secretly monitoring students’ social media posts  
1E. Enterprise/In-Depth (Series) [Newspaper] First Place Jennifer Bjorhus Star Tribune Warm Front Series includes a range of topics showing the effect of climate change on a variety of issues that impact a wide population. Excellent work!
    Greg Stanley      
  Second Place Judy Keen Star Tribune Proving Ground  
    Glen Stubbe      
  Third Place Eric Roper Star Tribune Mall of America’s creative water park financing  
1F. Investigative [Newspaper] First Place Chris Serres Star Tribune Chaotic Care I really like how in each of these stories, the issues are told through the voices of individuals experiencing them firsthand. This not only better illustrates the problem but shows the reader why it matters.
    Glen Howatt      
    Richard Tsong-Taatarii      
  Second Place Emma Nelson Star Tribune Coverage of St. Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections  
  Third Place Joe Carlson Star Tribune Minnesota Blue Cross scrambles to boost cyberdefenses  
1G. Business News Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Adam Belz Star Tribune Organics detective Fascinating, in-depth story with impressive reach. Home site was also beautifully created.
  Second Place Christopher Snowbeck Star Tribune Coverage of UnitedHealth Group  
  Third Place Deanna Weniger St. Paul Pioneer Press Pssst…Wanna buy a Krispy Kreme doughnut?  
1H. Sports News Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Chris Tomasson St. Paul Pioneer Press Selected Stories The selection of stories aptly displayed the writer’s ability to infuse a variety of topics with unique angles. Chris Tomasson has a rare ability to turn a phrase, recognize a resonant quote and write with both enthusiasm and restraint. His work was clearly the best in the field.
1I. Sports Feature Writing [Newspaper] First Place Chip Scoggins Star Tribune Jake Sullivan still has his shot With engaging and immersive prose, Scoggins takes you right into the heart and soul of his subjects. He leads with interest-piquing introductions and continues to reveal information about people and topics in a metered, organic way that is fun and intuitive for readers.
  Second Place Rachel Blount Star Tribune Rachel Blount entry, three sports features  
  Third Place Megan Ryan Star Tribune Tyler Johnson: Pride of the Northside; Photography is more than a casual hobby for Gophers wide receiver Demetrius Douglas; Personal chef: Gophers leading scorer Rem Pitlick took healthy eating into his own hands  
1J. Sports Columns [Newspaper] First Place Chip Scoggins Star Tribune  Firing, abrupt at first glance, was long overdue Knowledgeable and informative on a diverse subjects, great visual storytelling that makes for a good read.
  Second Place Pat Borzi MinnPost Sports columns  
1K. Arts & Entertainment Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Frederick Melo St. Paul Pioneer Press 3 immigrant art exhibits: Armenian massacre, slain Mexican journalists and Caravan Captivating. These stories exhibit a penchant for deep reporting and emotional prose, getting to the heart of the artists behind the work, the stories behind the art.
  Second Place Susan Du City Pages The Smear: A career-killing lie almost ruined this rising Minneapolis dance star  
  Third Place Jon Bream Star Tribune VocalEssence founder networked his way to global greatness over 50 years; From Eagles to Elton, classic songs are packing boomers into Twin Cities nightspots; How Tony Bennett and other singers preserve their voices as they age  
1L. Arts Criticism/Reviews [Newspaper] First Place Keith Harris City Pages Robyn offers shortcuts to ecstasy at her euphoric Palace performance Witty, compelling and honest. Harris makes the reader feel like they’re apart of the live show experience, getting to know these performers for themselves. Excellent work.
  Second Place Jon Bream Star Tribune Mexican superstar Luis Miguel delivers a vocal and visual triumph in St. Paul; A Thank-U note after Ariana Grande’s St. Paul concert; Tony Bennett thrills multi-generational crowd with old-school cool  
  Third Place Rick Nelson Star Tribune Rick Nelson  
1M. Columns [Newspaper] First Place Jennifer Brooks Star Tribune Jennifer Brooks “The worst part is we are going to forget.” With that single opening sentence, Brooks brings readers into an unflinching piece about gun violence that let’s the horror speak for itself. In doing so, she demands readers acknowledge the awful truth of that opening sentence. Brooks’s columns here are grounded in humanity and in the kind of reporting that allows readers connection with the subject.
  Second Place Ruben Rosario St. Paul Pioneer Press Ruben Rosario’s columns  
  Third Place Laurie Hertzel Star Tribune Bookmark  
1N. Editorial and Commentary [Newspaper] First Place  Jill






Star Tribune Not this mine. Not this location. Very solid local, editorial board generated opinion piece. Nice to see such depth given to a local editorial/newspaper commentary. Well done!
  Second Place D.J. Tice Star Tribune D.J. TICE COLUMN (OPED PAGE)  
  Third Place  Anna Thompson Hajdik Minnpost The Mayo Clinic Prioritizes Profits Over Patients As Rural Communities Are Left Behind  
1O. Graphics/Art and Illustration [Newspaper] First Place Jay St. Pierre Star Tribune Man of La Bomba Excellent use of space. Typography is easily readable. Nice use of hierarchy, font, and sizing. Illustration really catches the readers attention. Great use of color.
    Evgeny Parfenov      
    Greg Mees      
  Second Place Thomas



St. Pierre

Star Tribune Bomba-stic bashing  
1P. Page Design [Newspaper] First Place Greg Mees Star Tribune Mueller Report: Drawing a Picture Excellent use of typography. Nice hierarchy. Good use of spacing and content.
  Second Place Josh  Jones Star Tribune Odyssey Ahead  
1Q. Headlines [Newspaper] First Place Amy Kuebelbeck Star Tribune Headlines – Kuebelbeck These headlines matched each story or photo perfectly. No other headline would have been appropriate for “unwanted horse guest.”
  Second Place Jim Anderson Star Tribune Headlines by staff  
    Maren Longbella      
    Lisa Legge      
  Third Place Catherine Preus Star Tribune Headlines Catherine Preus 1  
1R. Best Issue [Newspaper] First Place     Star Tribune May 1, 2019 The Wednesday, May 1 edition of the Star Tribune featured an in depth look at a local verdict, the impact of Republican politicking and a feature on the Cub store. All in all, a fine edition that fully represents the local reporting that every Star Tribune reader deserves. Local stories were well crafted, well balanced. The photography, and the art, was well placed. I congratulate the many hands which went into producing this excellent edition.
  Second Place     Star Tribune Sept. 21, 2019