Herald-Star among finalists for Associated Press awards

COLUMBUS — Several members of the Herald-Star staff have been named finalists in the 2019 Ohio Associated Press Media Editors newspaper contest.

Community Editor Janice Kiaski is a finalist in the best columnist category; Executive Editor Ross Gallabrese is a finalist in the best editorial writer category; Sports Editor Joe Catullo is a finalist in the categories of best sports writer and best sports photo; and Sports Writer Andrew Grimm is a finalist in the best sports columnist category.

The newspaper also is a finalist in the best public service and best special sports section categories.

“We’re proud of the entire staff, and when their efforts are acknowledged and hard work validated with this type of recognition, it’s a great moment for everyone,” said Michael D. McElwain, city editor. “Their dedication to the profession matters.”

Three finalists in each of the categories were named Friday. The actual order of finish will be announced May 9 during the annual awards banquet at the Hilton Columbus at Easton Town Center. The Herald-Star competes in Division II, which includes newspapers with a daily circulation between 8,000 and 11,999.

Additional finalists in the columnist category are Regina Brett of the Cleveland Jewish News and Jean Giesige of The (Celina) Daily Standard. Other finalists in the editorial writer category are Benjamin Lanka of the The (Newark) Advocate and Nick Sabo of the Mount Vernon News.

Joining Grimm as a finalist in the sports columnist category are Les Levine of the Cleveland Jewish News and Kevin Wiseman of The Athens Messenger. Other finalists in the sports writer category are Colin Foster of The Celina Daily Standard and William Kosileski of the Ashland Times-Gazette.

Catullo’s best sports photo nomination is for “Celebratory Moment,” which was taken June 9 in Akron after the Toronto High School baseball team defeated Hillsdale 3-1 to win the Division IV state championship. Other finalists in that category are Bryant Billing of The Sidney Daily News and Dan Melograna of The (Celina) Daily Standard.

Community Stars: 2019, the publication that profiles each of the individuals honored at our annual dinner, is a finalist for best public service. Other finalists in the category come from The (Ashtabula) Star Beacon and The (Celina) Daily Standard.

The Gridiron 2019, our annual high school football preview edition, has again been chosen as a finalist in the best special sports section category. The football editions from the Ashland Times-Gazette and The Medina Gazette are the other finalists in that category.

Fifty-six daily newspapers submitted 1,630 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns and photos from 2019. Division II entries were judged by editors from the Mount Pleasant (Michigan) Morning Sun and the Cadillac (Michigan) News.