ALBANY - The Adirondack Daily Enterprise received nine journalism awards - five by Mike Lynch - in the New York News Publishers Association's annual contest for 2010-11.
It was the most NYNPA awards the Enterprise has received in more than a decade, thanks in large part to Lynch, who covers outdoors and sports topics. Reporters Chris Knight and Jessica Collier, Managing Editor Peter Crowley and outdoors columnist Joe Hackett also collected awards.
The awards were handed out, as they are every year, at the State Room restaurant in downtown Albany. The NYNPA includes the state's daily newspapers; the Enterprise competes in the under-10,000 circulation class. Only first-place awards are issued - 92 of them in 19 categories and five circulation classes.
From left, Enterprise outdoors columnist Joe Hackett, Senior Staff Writer Chris Knight, Outdoors and Sports Writer Mike Lynch, Managing Editor Peter Crowley and Staff Writer Jessica Collier pose at the New York News Publishers Association’s awards dinner Wednesday evening at the State Room restaurant in Albany.
(Photo — Adrianne Reilly)
The NYNPA's contest is one of two the Enterprise enters every year; the other is put on by the New York State Associated Press Association.
Lynch won the prize for investigative reporting for a story titled, "After 40 years, DEC orders camps removed," an in-depth look at the long and twisted history of a case of private camps on state land on Chazy Lake, which the state tolerated for decades and then tried to demolish for decades.
Lynch won in the state government coverage category for "Communication breakdown," his investigative series that exposed problems with the Department of Environmental Conservation's transfer of dispatching duties from Ray Brook to Albany. The DEC ended up not closing the Ray Brook dispatch center.
Lynch also swept all three photography categories - news, feature and sports - for images of a house burning down in Paul Smiths, a woman fly fishing from a rock beside a waterfall and Tupper Lake track star Kyla Kenyon leaping hurdles with her eyes on the finish line.
Knight won in the business reporting category for a story titled "Lost icon?" about the decline of the Hotel Saranac, a Saranac Lake landmark.
Collier won in the online blog category for Big Deal @ Big Tupper, her blog dedicated to the Adirondack Club and Resort proposed for Tupper Lake.
Crowley won in the editorial writing category for an editorial titled "Don't cheer for a killing," written shortly after the U.S. military found and killed Osama bin Laden.
Hackett's Adirondack Gadabout took the prize in the column writing category, based on the five anecdote-laced columns he submitted. Although he has written the weekly column for the Lake Placid News and Enterprise since 2000, this was he first time he entered the annual NYNPA contest.
The Enterprise won the second-largest number of awards among New York's dailies; the Poughkeepsie Journal took home 11 in the 25,000-to-49,999 circulation class.