Award-winning work

The Times wins numerous awards in a prestigious journalism contest.

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 9, 2006


The St. Petersburg Times won numerous honors, including two first-place awards, in the National Headliner Awards announced Wednesday by the Press Club of Atlantic City.

The National Headliner Awards, among the most prestigious in journalism, were created in 1934. They honor excellence in print, TV, radio and online journalism.

The Times' winners were:

-- Kelley Benham won first place in feature writing for a portfolio that included her obituary of Terri Schiavo, the story of a foster child who had a child of her own, and her profile of the New Orleans police chief in the days after Katrina.

-- Photographer John Pendygraft won first place for his portfolio and second place in the hurricane coverage category for "Buffeted by winds," a photo of a woman in a wheelchair being pushed through New Orleans flood waters.

-- Lane DeGregory placed second in feature writing for an entry that included stories about a woman who murdered her disabled sister, a woman who threw her own wake, and a boy who made a film about his cancer treatment. This is the second straight year Lane has won second place in National Headliner.

-- Thomas French, Christopher Goffard and Jamie Thompson won second place in the news series category for The Hard Road, about the case of Jennifer Porter, who was involved in the hit and run deaths of two children in Tampa.

-- Chris Zuppa won second place in feature photography for "The Secret of the Night," showing two girls watching a drive-in movie from the top of a car.

-- Ken Helle won second place in spot news for "I Want My Baby," a photo of a woman grieving over her little boy, who had been killed in a gun accident.


Last week, staff writer Brady Dennis won an Ernie Pyle Award for eight stories written in 2005. He will receive a trophy and $10,000 award at April 21 during a dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The award is named after a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Ernie Pyle, who is most famous for covering World War II through the eyes of the common soldiers.