2021 Golden Quill Awards Winners to be Announced Sept. 28

The judging results are in, and finalists have been announced for The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania’s 57th Golden Quill Awards, recognizing professional and student excellence in written, photographic, illustration, broadcast, audio, video and digital journalism in Western Pennsylvania and nearby counties in Ohio and West Virginia.

Winners will be announced during the Golden Quills Dinner, Tuesday, Sept. 28. We will gather in person at the Rivers Casino Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Pittsburgh, to honor and recognize journalists' excellent work and contribution, especially in this turbulent year.

Also that evening, the Press Club will honor Paul Martino, retired KDKA-TV reporter and anchor, and Sue McFarland, retiring executive editor of Trib Total Media, with President’s Awards. Service to Journalism Awards will be presented to the staff of the New Pittsburgh Courier and Kevin Gavin, executive producer of special projects and host of “The Confluence” at WESA-FM.

The Press Club will present Penn State senior Gabriella Hornack of Lower Burrell with the 2021 Bob Fryer Memorial Scholarship. Point Park University senior Colton DeBiase of Murrysville will receive the 2021 Press Club of Western Pennsylvania Scholarship.

Reservations for the event are now closed. For information, contact Ann Hohn at 412-874-8667 or ahohn@greaterpawv.wish.org.

The Rivers Casino has no mask mandates or vaccination requirements at this time. It is following CDC guidelines and Allegheny County Health Department requirements, which are if you are not vaccinated it is recommended you wear a mask.

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Press Club of Western Pennsylvania Announces 2020 Golden Quill Winners

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 3, 2020 – The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania announced the winners of the 56th Golden Quill Awards during a virtual awards presentation that aired this evening on Pittsburgh public access station PCTV and www.pctv21.org. The Golden Quills competition honors professional and student excellence in print, broadcast, photography, videography and digital journalism in Western Pennsylvania and nearby counties in Ohio and West Virginia. New to the contest this year is a division recognizing work in corporate, marketing and promotional communications.

Winners and finalists of the 2020 Golden Quills can be found here.

Download the event's program, which includes finalists and special award winners, here.

View the virtual ceremony here.

Also during the awards presentation, The Press Club recognized Chris Moore, Emmy award-winning producer/host at WQED Multimedia and talk show host for KDKA Radio and PCNC-TV, and Maxwell King, philanthropic leader, former newspaper editor and New York Times bestselling author, the club’s President’s Award for lifetime achievement.

A Service to Journalism Award was presented to The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh and its president, Michael A. Fuoco, for their commitment to professional journalism and advocacy for journalists at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Another Service to Journalism Award went to KDKA Radio, the “Pioneer Broadcasting Station of the World,” in honor of the station's centennial. KDKA traces its beginnings to its Harding-Cox presidential election results broadcast on Nov. 2, 1920.

The Club also gave special recognition to Pittsburgh Black Media Federation and its president, Brian Cook Sr., for working to raise awareness about and increase racial diversity in newsrooms and in news coverage throughout Western Pennsylvania and beyond.

Also recognized were Ohio University student Sarah Donaldson, 20, of Cranberry, Butler County, winner of the $5,000 Bob Fryer Memorial Scholarship, and Point Park University student Jordyn Hronec, 20, of Ross, recipient of the $2,500 Press Club of Western Pennsylvania Scholarship.

During the broadcast, The Press Club honored the life of Ginny Frizzi, longtime co-chair of the Golden Quills committee, who died earlier this summer.

Sponsors of the Golden Quill virtual presentation were The Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Trib Total Media and Point Park University School of Communication.

Outlets and organizations will be contacted by The Press Club to arrange delivery of plaques and certificates.

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