Capital-Star wins four Keystone Media Awards

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The Pennsylvania Capital-Star has earned four awards for news reporting and commentary in the 2021 Keystone Media Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA).

The Capital-Star, with a newsroom of three full-time staff, competed in the multi-day publication – under 10,000 circulation category with journalists from newsrooms across Pennsylvania. Launched in February of 2019, the Capital-Star is nonprofit, nonpartisan outlet in Harrisburg and part of the States Newsroom national network of outlets.

The outlet took home a total of three first place awards.

Here are the awards won by the Capital-Star:

First Place: Stephen Caruso, “Sent back to work, state human service workers say their offices aren’t prepared for the coronavirus;” “Philly caseworkers take leave, DHS closes offices after COVID-19 diagnoses;” “As cases grow, human service workers say they can’t use COVID-19 leave offered to other state employees,” Enterprise Reporting.

Honorable Mention: Stephen Caruso, “Ahead of primary, taxpayers bankroll questionable COVID ads;” “As Turzai backs police reform before resignation, Black lawmakers judge his legacy;” “The state Legislature received masks made by prisoners — but it’s unclear who used them;” “Pa. conservatives’ hopes for subpoena-fueled election investigation quashed by political reality;” “Campaign committees raise record $35.4 million to spend on Pa. Legislature in 2020 election;” “Can a closed Capitol be transparent? Yes, say experts,” News Beat Reporting.

First Place: John L. Micek, Stephen Caruso, Cassie Miller and Hannah McDonald, “Biden wins Pennsylvania, captures 20 electoral votes; set to become President-elect of the U.S.; Harris to make history as vice president,” Breaking News Story.

First Place: John L. Micek, “Reopening isn’t good enough. We need a reset on everything | Friday Morning Coffee;”This is my family’s COVID-19 story. May all their lives be a blessing;” “‘People of color are exhausted’: What it’s like to be Black and American in this brutal spring,” Column.