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Here are the finalists in the NHPA 2022 Distinguished Journalism Contest


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The finalists to be honored, in no particular order:

—– CLASS ONE (large news organizations) —-

Editorial Writing

Bill Bilodeau, Keene Sentinel

Mark Guerringue, Conway Daily Sun

Laurie Kaiser, Keene Sentinel

General News

Kevin Landrigan and Shawne K. Wickham, NH Union Leader

Stepdaughter: Loeb sexually molested me as a young child

Paul Feely, NH Union Leader

I’m not gonna go out like this

Gabriela Lozada, NHPR
A good haircut transcends language


Olivia Belanger and Ryan Spencer, Keene Sentinel

Fentanyl loss

Cassidy Jensen, Concord Monitor

Counting Cops

Lauren Chooljian, NHPR

Sexual misconduct at substance misuse recovery facilities


Todd Bookman, NHPR
Oath Keepers among us

Catherine McLaughlin, Laconia Daily Sun

Somersworth mayor brings track record to challenge Kenney’s experience for Executive Council

Catherine McLaughlin, Laconia Daily Sun

‘No disruptions will be tolerated’: Belknap County Republican Committee facing turmoil

Spot News

Jonathan Phelps, NH Union Leader

Arrest made in deadly South Willow Street shooting

Michael Cousineau and Shawne K. Wickham, NH Union Leader

Shooter hoax rattles schools

Paul Feely, NH Union Leader

Firefighters battle blaze at scene of fatal fire 22 years ago

Crime reporting

Mark Hayward, NH Union Leader
City readies new strategy to battle gun crime

Ian Lenahan, Portsmouth Herald

Quarius Dunham’s parents speak out on son’s death at age 8

Mark Hayward, NH Union Leader
Drug money laundered at NH casinos, police say

Health Reporting

Karen Dandurant, Deb Cram, Foster’s Daily Democrat

It didn’t have to be this way

Mark Hayward, NH Union Leader

New Hampshire grapples with overlap of crime and mental illness

Alli Fam, NHPR

Zero restraint 

Business Reporting

Michaela Towfighi, Concord Monitor
Two New Hampshires: Meredith

Michael Cousineau, NH Union Leader

Empire Builders

Ian Lenahan, Portsmouth Herald

Portsmouth’s ‘insane’ rent, home prices out of reach for most people. What is being done?

Arts & Entertainment

Julia Ann Weekes, NH Union Leader

A scary good time

Sarah Gibson, NHPR

Keeping the Magic Alive

Julia Ann Weekes

The family dog as fine art

Columnist of the Year

Mark Hayward, NH Union Leader

City Matters: When police tell you your boyfriend is a drug dealer

Mike Cote, NH Union Leader

Love on the rocks with Southwest Airlines

Rookie of the Year

Michaela Towfighi, Concord Monitor

Eric Rynston-Lobel, Concord Monitor

Environmental Reporting

Shawne K. Wickham, NH Union Leader

Lebanon goes green

Sruthi Gopalakrishnan, Concord Monitor

Landfill landcape

Mark Hayward, Union Leader

Granite State famers find a friend in sludge

Sports Writing

Terry Leavitt, Conway Daily Sun
Having a ball

Jack Rooney and James Rinker, Keene Sentinel

The March to DeMar

Marty Basch, Conway Daily Sun

Fantastic football weekend

Sports Photo

Rachel Sharples, Conway Daily Sun

Mud Bowl Diving Catch

Deb Cram, Portsmouth Herald

Halfcourt 3-Point Basket Wins Game

No third

Spot News Photo

Rachel Sharples, Conway Daily Sun

Hockey fest fire

Rachel Sharples, Conway Daily Sun

Early morning collision

Rachel Sharples, Conway Daily Sun

“Red Jacket fire”

Feature Photo

Deb Cram, Portsmouth Herald
Toni and NIck

David Lane, Union Leader

A job with a view

Rachel Sharples,  Conway Daily Sun

Bumping on the bridge

Photo Essay

Deb Cram, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Nurses story

Hannah Schroeder, Keene Sentinel

Keene family faces tough road amid state’s housing crunch

Thomas Roy, NH Union Leader

The Faces of War

Best Design

Lee Guerringue, Conway Daily Sun

NoCo Magazine Summer Cover

Tom Lynch, NH Union Leader

New Hampshire and baseball

Lee Guerringue, Conway Daily Sun

Winter Dining Guide Cover 2022

Best Use of Audio or Podcast

Justine Paradis, NHPR

The cold water dippers of Maine

Nick Capodice, Hannah McCarthy, NHPR

The Shadow Docket

Felix Poon, Nate Hegyi, NHPR

Life and Death at a Human Decomposition Facility

Best Use of Video

Dan Tuohy, NHPR

Going to extremes: Subzero surfers

Gabriela Lozada, Maria Aguirre, Daniela Allee, NHPR

Visibles: NH’s Latino community

Dan Tuohy, NHPR

False alarm at the nuclear power plant

Best Use of Social Media

Sara Plourde, Zoey Knox, Casey McDermott, NHPR

In Our Backyard

James Rinker, Keene Sentinel

Instagram takeovers

Dan Tuohy, NHPR

False alarm at nuclear plant

Feature Writing

Sarah Gibson, NHPR

In search of teacher diversity

Shawne K. Wickham, New Hampshire Union Leader

MLK Day in NH Getting there was a long struggle

Ian Lenahan, Portsmouth Herald

‘Magical’: Norway 6th-grader finds Rye students’ mini boat launched in 2020

—- CLASS 2 (small news organizations)  —

Editorial Writing

Nathan Graziano, Manchester InkLink

Charles G. Douglas, III, Bow Times

Feature Writing

Kelly Burch, Jenny Whidden, GSNC

“We Have Always Been Here” Series w. Companion Video

Paula Tracy, InDepthNH
John Harrigan has died

Amanda Gokee

The fight over Mount Washington

General News Story

Rhianwen Watkins, Granite State News Collaborative

Young NH teachers leaving the profession

Ryan Lessard, Granite State News Collaborative

‘Discriminatory’ land use policies are leaving more people out in the cold

Ethan DeWitt, NH Bulletin

Banned Books Week


GSNC, NHBR, and Business NH

Invisible Walls Series

Pat Grossmith, Winter Trabex, Manchester InkLink

Eviction and rental crisis

Why Did I Get Stopped Series

Paul Cuno-Booth, GSNC, Concord Monitor


Kathie Ragsdale, GSNC, The Conway Daily Sun

America Writ Small

Ethan DeWitt, Annmarie Timmins, NH Bulletin

The midterm election

Ashley Saari, Mondadnock Ledger Transcript
State reps. who voted for secession are re-elected

Spot News

Tony Schinella, Concord NH Patch

Retired Concord Couple Missing, Found Murdered

Ethan DeWitt, NH Bulletin

As New Hampshire vows to hold first primary, the consequences could be steep

Tony Schinella, Concord NH Patch

Dead Body Found In Merrimack River: with video

Health Reporting

Ellen Grimm, Granite State News Collaborative
NH Doorways Series

Annmarie Timmins, NH Bulletin

The 24-week abortion ban and fatal fetal anomalies

Ryan Lessard, Granite State News Collaborative

Heated competition for nurses sparks incentive-pay arms race

Business Reporting

Annmarie Timmins, NH Bulletin

Investing in New Hampshire

Dave Solomon, Johnny Bassett, Granite State News Collaborative

Discriminatory lending practices persist 

Bob Sanders, New Hampshire Business Review

A ‘perfect storm’ of supply side burdens

Arts & Entertainment

Shepard Bassett, New Boston Beacon

In the Kitchen

John Angelo, NH Business Review

A rousing second act: Colonial Theatre brings entertainment and ‘meaning’ to Bethlehem

Ashley Saari, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Wilton filmmaker on creation of quilts with George Floyd’s final words

Columnist of the Year

Garry Rayno, InDepthNH

Dan Szczesny, Manchester InkLink

Arnie Alpert, InDepthNH

Environmental Reporting

Amanda Gokee, NH Bulletin

Local impacts of climate change

Bob Sanders, NH Business Review
Community power picks up steam: Municipalities enter a new era of energy

Rowan Wilson, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

From living sustainably to helping amphibians cross the road

Sports Reporting

Ryan O’Connor, Manchester InkLink

Various articles

George Liset, InDepthNH

Writing on the Fly

Scott Gaillard, New Boston Beacon

Fishing for Moose

Spot News Photo

Jeffrey Hastings, freelance

WAT arrests barricaded suspect

Jeffrey Hastings, freelance

Manchester SWAT Arrest Man

Jeffrey Hastings, freelance

Honoring Derry Police Chief Garone

Photo Essay

Jeffrey Hastings

Honoring 92 Fallen New Hampshire Firefighters

Jeffrey Hastings

Honoring the ultimate sacrifice

Stacy Harrison, Manchester InkLink

Sky Show draw thousands for day of music, night of fireworks

Best Design

Elyse Thornton, New Boston Beacon

April 2022

Nadeane Mannion, Bow Times

July 2022

Elyse Thornton, New Boston Beacon

August 2022

Best Audio or Podcast

Anthony Payton, Granite State News Collaborative

Common Ground Initiative Podcast

Kim Varney Chandler, freelance
Covered Bridges of New Hampshire Podcast

Wayne King, IndepthNH

Wayne King creates the best podcasts

Best Use of Video

Tony Schinella, Concord NH Patch

New Hampshire Schools Hit With ‘Active Shooter’ Hoaxes: Watch

Jeffrey Hastings, freelance

K-9 Niko

Tony Schinella, Milford NH Patch

Former WWF Wrestler Saves 125 Acres Of Farmland In Milford: Watch

Community Service (small news organizations)

Harrison Thorp, Rochester Voice

Flawed city land purchase turned into a 5-alarm fire

Staff, New Boston Beacon

Thankful for New Boston

Donald Kreis, InDepthNH

Power to the People

Community Service Award (large news organizations)

Roberta Baker, Laconia Daily Sun
Children’s Mental Health Series

Staff, The Concord Monitor

2022 Impact Report

Amanda Gokee, NH Bulletin

The Gunstock closure

General Excellence (small news organizations)

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

New Hampshire Bulletin

New Hampshire Business Review

General Excellence (large news organizations)

Conway Daily Sun

Concord Monitor

New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News

Journalist of the Year (combining both classes)

Only one winner

Photographer of the Year (combining both classes)

Only one winner

Lifetime Achievement (combining both classes)

Only one winner

See you on June 15

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