York Dispatch staffers win statewide Keystone Awards

Members of The York Dispatch staff won eight awards in the 2019 Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s annual Keystone Awards.

“I’m extremely proud of our journalists and the work they do for the York community,” Editor Patrick DeLany said. “The recognition is well-deserved.”

Among this year’s winners were City Editor Gayle Eubank, who won second place for her editorials about a presidential event, carrying guns at the grocery store and fixing issues at the York County 911 Center.

Conrads's Kevin Keesey is hit in the head by a pitch from Kent Walker of Jacobus during  game 1 of the best-of-5 Susquehanna League playoff series, Sunday, August 18, 2019.
John A. Pavoncello photo

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Sports Editor Steve Heiser won first place for Sports/Outdoor Column with pieces about a girls' basketball team with a surprising victory, a tribute to a baseball legend with ties to York County and a profile of a Dover Area High School graduate.

Antonio Hernandez, left, and Carlos Javier Beronica, of Charles Ilyes Family Inc., work to skin deer during opening day of deer hunting season at the deer processing plant in North Codorus Township, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York Dispatch photographers Dawn Sagert, John Pavoncello and Bill Kalina took home several awards collectively.

Pavoncello won first place in the Sports Action Photo category for his photo of a baseball game. Kalina also received a first-place win in the Story/Photo Essay category for photographs of York welcoming new U.S. citizens.

During a U.S. Naturalization ceremony, I was hoping to capture a the emotion and pride during the event. A new citizen was joined by her encouraging supporters. Bill Kalina photo

Sagert won second place for her news video of a food bank seeking donations as it braced for a shutdown

She also received honorable mentions for a documentary about the family of Lillie Belle Allen on the 50th anniversary of her death during York City's 1969 race riots and a feature photo on deer hunting.

City reporter Logan Hullinger won in the Keystone Diversity category — new last year — for the second year in a row.

This year he received second place for a collection of five stories about York County Prison as a hub for detaining undocumented immigrants, mobilizing the Latino community for the 2020 census, a look at York City race relations 50 years after the city's riots and the city changing its course on tracking racial data.

See what the staff won last year here.