10 April 2011
Along with several other staff members of the paper, I made the trek out to Norfolk on Saturday to attend the Virginia Press Association Awards banquet. The News Virginian performed extremely well in 2010, winning the VPA's top honor for The Borders Within series by myself and Tony Gonzalez.

For the second year in a row, The News Virginian took home the VPA Public Service Award. Charlotte Hall, a retired editor of the Orlando Sentinel and former managing editor of Newsday, judged the community service competition:


Of “The Borders Within” Hall commented: “Tony Gonzalez and Chase Purdy spent more than a year … developing contacts, gaining the trust of newcomers and even learning Spanish to facilitate their reporting.

“The results were a series of stories that revealed the humanity of newcomers and contributed to greater community understanding.

“In one case, their reporting also righted a wrong, as they showed how immigration red tape had dangerously divided a family."

Read the rest of the review at The News Virginian.


Every member of our staff won a VPA award this year. Me personally, I somehow walked away with 10, including first-place honors in breaking news writing, multimedia feature and feature writing portfolio.

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posted by Chase at 11:23 AM |


At April 16, 2011 at 11:01 AM, Blogger Erin

Woah, baby. That is awesome. 10 awards?!