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Chronicle-Telegram staffers receive awards for work


ELYRIA — The 26th annual Cordelia Robbins Memorial awards were distributed to Chronicle-Telegram staff Thursday.

Robbins was a longtime Chronicle editor. After her death in 1986, Robbins’ family and the late Arthur D. Hudnutt, then Chronicle editor and publisher, established the awards to honor good journalism.

First-place winners included reporter Lisa Roberson’s in-depth profile of residents at the Wilkes Villa apartment complex in Elyria. Other first-place winners were Assistant Sports Editor Scott Petrak’s profile of Browns CEO Joe Banner and News Editor Benjamin Nagy’s “To bee or not to bee is no longer the question,” a headline about the Ohio Lottery paying spelling bee entry fees for schools that could no longer afford them.

The awards were judged by former Chronicle Managing Editor Patti Ewald, now a features writer and editor with the Tampa Bay Times. Ewald replaced former Chronicle Managing Editor Arnold Miller as judge after Miller died Feb. 14.


  1. Benjamin Nagy, news editor: “To bee or not to bee is no longer the question”
  2. Kevin Aprile, sports editor: “Thompson’s rite of passage … or is it his left?”
  3. Aprile: “61* After making a serious run at 59, Tiger settles for a career-tying round”


  • Nagy: “The fungus among us”
  • Nagy: “So will Bo know Avon?”
  • Nagy: “Cribbed note”
  • Dan Myers, copy editor: “Gold comes full circle”

Stories — features

  1. Scott Petrak, assistant sports editor: “Failing is not an option”
  2. Lisa Roberson, reporter: “One teacher’s dedication means success for 10 boys
  3. Shaun Bennett, sportswriter: “Not just a passing fancy


Stories — news

  1. Roberson: The long goodbye
  2. Brad Dicken, senior writer: $18,000 for half a workday
  3. Roberson: Woman ensnared by a cat conundrum


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