The awards were presented Saturday in Atlanta at the international news association’s annual banquet.
Tribune writers Rebecca Johnston, Michelle Babcock and Joshua Sharpe took first place in both the prestigious public service category and the “Story of the Year” category for their series, “Taking stock of the environment.” The series examined Cherokee County’s air and water quality and pressing environmental issues facing the community.
First place in feature writing went to Sharpe for his story “Silver Star recipient recalls those lost in Vietnam War, life after combat.”
Babcock received the first place AP Award for beat reporting for her coverage of the Cherokee County schools and education issues.
Babcock was also honored with a third place in deadline reporting for “Coroner: Dead carjacking suspect had been shot,” and she placed second in business for “Outlet opening draws thousands.”
The Tribune also captured a slew of photography awards, with Chief Photographer Kelly Huff being honored with first place awards for feature photo for “Flags,” sports feature photo for “Volleyball,” third place for spot news photo for “Wreaths,” second in sports action photo for “Reinhardt U. Football” and in the picture story category, second place for “Santa Claus” and third place for “Bend Your Knee 5K.”
Photographer Todd Hull received first place for “Football preview cover shot” and “Golfer of year.”
The Tribune was also honored with second place for best website.
“Our staff strives to bring the best in local news and sports to our readers, and we are honored to be recognized for our efforts by the Associated Press,” said Managing Editor Rebecca Johnston.
“The recognition we’ve received this month from the Associated Press and Georgia Press certainly underscores the talent our editorial staff has and the hard work it pours into thorough coverage ,” said Publisher Otis Brumby III. “I also believe that, as we explore new innovative ideas to enhance this coverage, our best journalistic days are ahead of us.”