Silurians Award Night, 2019 (all photos by Steven Speliotis)

Will Van Sant of Newsday accepts his medallion for Public Service Reporting from Silurian President David Andelman and Newsday publisher Debby Krenek, who delivered the keynote address at this year’s Awards Dinner.

Reporters Christina Veiga (left) and Samuel Park of Chalkbeat won the medallion for Minority Affairs Reporting for their for their piece on integration in New York City middle schools. The medallion was presented by Newsday Publisher Debby Krenek and Silurian President David Andelman.

Newsday Publisher Debby Krenek and Silurian President David Andelman present Walt Kane of News 12 New Jersey with the medallion for Television Feature News.

Jim Dwyer of The New York Times accepts the medallion for Commentary from Newsday Publisher Debby Krenek and Silurian President David Andelman.  Dwyer won for his “About New York” columns in the Times.

Former Silurian President Betsy Ashton present the medallion for Investigative Reporting to Susanne Craig (center) and David Barstow of The New York Times for “Taxes and Trump”, an exhaustively researched expose of how the President’s fortune was based on a foundation of misrepresentations, lies and alleged fraud. Russ Buettner was also a part of the investigative team.

Silurian Betsey Ashton presents the Medallion for Business and Financial Reporting to Ann Marsh of Financial Planning who accepts her award with Scott Wenger of parent company Source Media.

Yelena Akhiorskaya and Alexey Yurenev accept the Medallion for Arts and Culture Reporting from Silurian Betsy Ashton for their winning photo essay about the Brighton Beach community in Brooklyn.

Reporter Jim O’Neill accepts the medallion for Breaking News Reporting on behalf of The Record/NorthJersey.com from former Silurian President Betsy Ashton. The paper won for “Class Trip Turns Deadly” its team coverage of a collision between a school bus and a truck that killed a middle school student and teacher and injured 43 others. Among the others on the news team were reporter Steve Janoski and photographers Bob Karp, Amy Newman, Marco Georgiev, Tariq Zehau and Kevin Wexler.

Kevin Armstrong, pictured above left with former Silurian President Mort Sheinman, won the medallion for Sports Reporting and Commentary for “Through the Looking Glass”, a sweeping look at an FBI probe into the way businessman and coaches create a climate of’ corruption in the recruitment off high school basketball stars. Not long after the piece appeared in the New York Daily News, Armstrong was among half of the News editorial staff that was fired from the paper. Then he was hired by The New York Times, where he covers sports.

Silurian Mort Sheinman presents the Medallion in the People Profiles category to Alex Vadukul of The New York Times at the Silurians Awards gala in May.

At the awards gala in May, Silurian Mort Sheinman presents the Medallion to photographer J. Conrad Williams whose series of photographs of the 2018 U.S. Tennis Open Women’s Final won in the Sports Photography category.

The medallion for Feature News Reporting went to Jeffrey Singer (left) and Dan Barry of The New York Times for their long piece, “The Case of Jane Doe Ponytail” about the tragic life and death of a young Massage Parlor hostess in Queens. Photographer Todd Heisler was also part of the winning team. Former Silurian President Mort Sheinman (center) presented the award.

This is part of the Newsday Investigative team that won the special President’s Choice medallion for “extraordinary excellence in journalism” for their 48 page 30,000 word insert , “Pathway To Power”, which exposed corrupt ties between politicians and the law enforcement, business and legal communities on Long Island. Pictured left to right are Newsday editor Debbie Henley, Silurian President David Andelman, photographer Thomas A. Ferrara, Aland Finder, Keith Herbert Maura McDermott, Sandra Peddie and Will Van Sant.

 

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