Times writers win prizes

By Times Staff W riter
Published September 20, 2006

Sean Daly, the pop music critic of the St. Petersburg Times, has won two first-place awards for arts and entertainment writing in a national contest sponsored by the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors.

Times staff writer Robert Farley also won a first-place award, and three other Times reporters received honors. The Times was the most-honored feature section in the large paper division.

Daly won the criticism award for a collection of music reviews. He received the arts feature prize for "Sharpie Nation," about the cultural importance of the popular felt-tip pen.

Farley won first place in general feature writing for "Mary and Jim to the end," about a former girlfriend of the Doors' Jim Morrison. Lane DeGregory received second-place honors for her article about a boy who made a film about his own cancer treatment.

Jeff Klinkenberg received honorable mention for his profile of former Times Tallahassee bureau chief Lucy Morgan.

In the short feature category, Brady Dennis received honorable mention for "One hour at a time," about a father whose young daughter visits him in jail.

The awards were handed out last week at the AASFE convention in Fort Worth, Texas.