The Palm Beach Post demonstrates on a daily basis, the work its reporters, columnists, photographers and videographers does is woven into the fabric of what makes Palm Beach North such a wonderful place to live, work and play.
The Palm Beach Post staff won seven first-place awards at the Florida Press Club Awards last month, honored for its investigative work, its daily beat reporting, feature writing and commentary.
“These latest honors are well-deserved recognition of the quality journalism delivered by our newsroom every day,” said Publisher and Palm Beach North resident Tim Burke, who also serves on the Chamber’s board of directors. “The Post is committed to making a difference in our community with in-depth reporting that is most important to our readers on our digital and print platforms.”
The Post’s staff – individually or in teams – were finalists in 17 categories at the Press Club’s 65th annual awards.
The Post’s honors included three nominations for special awards, including the night’s top prize, the Frances DeVore Award for Public Service.
Investigative reporter John Pacenti, whose series Guardianships: A Broken Trust took the runner-up spot in the DeVore Public Service Award voting, exposed how the life savings of incapacitated seniors flowed into the household of Palm Beach Circuit Judge Martin Colin and his wife Elizabeth Savitt through adult guardianship.
Thanks to Pacenti’s efforts, broad-reaching judicial reforms were made – the results of which will be instrumental in preventing this from ever happening to retired seniors again.
In another special category, courts reporter Jane Musgrave placed second in the Freedom of Information Award on the battle over her reporting of recorded jailhouse phone conversations of notorious snitch and career criminal Frederick Cobia.
Reporter Charles Elmore was nominated individually in three categories and took home two first-place awards for business reporting and the blog Protecting Your Pocket. He won second for health writing.
Elmore profiled some of the most interesting and innovative businesses in Palm Beach County – many of which were in the Palm Beach North community – steering readers and visitors alike to all that our business community has to offer.
Columnist Frank Cerabino also won first place for commentary for his weekday daily column that included in the past year insightful and humorous takes on Gov. Rick Scott’s role in the algae bloom crisis on the Treasure Coast.
Lawrence Mower and Daphne Duret were honored twice – with a first-place award for minority reporting and a second place in public safety reporting – for their work on the shooting of musician Corey Jones by a Palm Beach Gardens police officer.
Barbara Marshall and Joe Capozzi won first and second respectively in the serious featuring writing category. Their showcases of Palm Beach County’s most interesting residents were both informative and entertaining.
Liz Balmaseda won first place in the light feature writing category. And, as anyone who reads Balmaseda regularly knows, Palm Beach County has a veritable smorgasbord of incredible dining options of all variety – especially in Palm Beach North.
The Post’s staff as a whole won first place in the special sections category for its section on the centennial anniversary of the newspaper with a look at 100 years of news coverage in Palm Beach County.
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