Las Vegas Sun

September 19, 2019

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Sun Awards:

Reporter, copy editor receive honors in national contest

Two Las Vegas Sun journalists won awards this week from a newspaper industry association dedicated to excellence in feature writing.

Reporter Abigail Goldman won first place for feature specialty reporting for her coverage of law enforcement, including stories about young sex offenders, local police use of Tasers and the cold-case murder of an Elvis impersonator and his girlfriend.

Copy editor John Paul McDonnall won first place in headline writing for witty headlines including “Strip biz will peddle Alka-Seltzer, not glamour” and “Governor’s textual misconduct.”

The awards were from the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors, which is made up of editors from U.S. and Canadian newspapers and wire services. The Sun’s entries were for newspapers with circulation from 90,001 to and 199,999.

“The Sun is very proud of its winners in this national contest,” Managing Editor Michael J. Kelley said. “It’s a tribute to them and we’re pleased to be recognized by our peers as having done well.”

First-place winners receive $500.