The Sandusky Register news team earned top honors from the Ohio Associated Press on Sunday, including the general excellence and investigative reporting categories.
Courts and breaking news reporter Jessica Cuffman earned investigative reporter of the year for her coverage of the Sandusky County Jail in “Jailer exploitation.”
“Cuffman displayed good, clear reporting on a subject that could have been sensationalized. She included the broader problem of the mentally ill in jail. Excellent treatment of a difficult subject,” the judges commented. “‘Fred Fox’” showed the same interesting, thorough touch and had excellent visuals. Great reads with good follow-through.”
Government reporter Andy Ouriel earned both best feature writer and best business writer honors.
Design chief Mike Schaffer was best headline writer and design editor Karen Mork earned second place in that category.
Schaffer also won second place for best Page One layout, and design editor Nick Davis earned the best graphics artist award.
Sports editor Mark Hazelwood won second place in the best sports feature writer category and third place in and best sports enterprise reporting for “Endangered Panthers.”
Chief photographer Jason Werling earned first place for best use of multimedia for his “Road Trip: Ohio 4” package and he shared second place in that category with former Register photographer Angela Wilhelm for “Huron implodes ConAgra Facility.”
Werling also earned second place in the best photographer and third place in the best spot news categories.
Former graphic designer Tom Sherer and managing editor Matt Westerhold shared third place in the best community service award for “Xtreme Times,” a student newspaper publication. Westerhold also earned second place in the best columnist category.
The Register news team won second place in the best special section category with “Made Here,” a magazine covering area manufacturers and what they make.
The Register took second place in best daily general excellence for its circulation division, the first time in the last six years it’s been edged out of the top honor. The Springfield News-Sun won the award this year.