RALEIGH — Courier-Times sports editor Kelly Snow took home a handful of awards following the N.C. Press Association’s Editorial Awards banquet Thursday night.
Snow won four first-place awards and two third-place awards in the statewide competition among community newspapers with circulation between 3,500 and 10,000.
Snow won first place in sports feature writing for a series of stories he wrote on Person County native Robin Moore who, on her second attempt, scaled Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain.
Snow also won a first-place award in sports column writing for a trio of his Blizzard columns that focus on RCS baseball’s season opener, Grace Sherron’s battle to overcome injury and the volleyball universe that was centered on Person County last year. He won a first-place award in Sports News Reporting for his coverage of Roxboro Community School’s bid for a state title on the volleyball court.
The most significant of Snow’s four first-place wins came in Sports Coverage, which judges the entire body of sports coverage over multiple issues.
Journalists from New Jersey judged this year’s N.C. Press Association editorial contest, which included more than 4,000 entries.
In their remarks about Snow’s work, one judge, commenting on the coverage of championship Saturday, praised Snow’s versatility. “I was already considering this coverage for an award when I saw who took the pictures! And they were not typical reporter (pictures). Impressive all-around coverage and reporting by a reporter who knows his beat and kills it,” the judge wrote.
Another judge, commenting on the Mount Everest series, said the story drew the reader in. “What a gripping tale of a local woman going on the literal journey of a lifetime. Great tracking of the story, and great imagery throughout,” the judge wrote.
Snow won a third-place award in the Sports Feature Photo category for a shot he took of the RCS volleyball team. To round out his awards haul, Snow also nabbed a non-sports award, taking third place for his photo page coverage of Person High School’s graduation.
“There’s no doubt that Kelly’s passionate about his work,” said Courier-Times publisher Johnny Whitfield. “We see it in the office every day and our readers sense it from the stories he writes and the photos he takes. It’s clear that Kelly’s passion stands out to other journalists as well and I’m glad they recognize the effort he puts into his work. The people in the Person County sports universe are fortunate to have Kelly keeping tabs on their accomplishments.”