Press Club Announces Golden Quill Finalists and Awards Dinner Details

The judging results are in, and finalists have been announced for The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania’s 58th Golden Quill Awards, recognizing professional and student excellence in written, photographic, design, broadcast, audio, video and digital journalism in Western Pennsylvania and nearby counties in Ohio and West Virginia.

Winners will be announced at the Golden Quill Awards presentation on Tuesday, May 24, at the Rivers Casino Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Pittsburgh. Go to the Golden Quill Awards page for details.

Press Club of Western Pennsylvania Announces Winners of 2021 Golden Quill Awards

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 28, 2021 – The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania announced the winners of the 57th Golden Quill Awards tonight at the Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh. 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.

See list of winners and finalists here.

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

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

Sponsors of the 2021 Golden Quills are The Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Trib Total Media and UPMC Health Plan.


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

For details, go to the Golden Quill Awards page.


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The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania thanks The Heinz Endowments, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,  Trib Total Media and Point Park University School of Communication for their financial support of the virtual Golden Quill Awards.


Press Club Protests Removal of Black PG Journalists From Protest Coverage

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania stands with the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation and the Women's Press Club of Pittsburgh in opposition to the removal of Alexis Johnson, a black reporter, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's coverage of the ongoing protests in the city, and the subsequent removal of Michael Santiago, a black photographer, from the newspaper's coverage team because of his support of her.

It is a newspaper's responsibility to record history. These are unprecedented times for our city, our state and our nation, and it is important that minority journalists be part of recording that history. This is true at all times, but never more so than right now when we all need to hear the black voices that have been stifled for so long.

Journalists as humans have personal opinions. That does not mean they abandon their professional responsibilities to produce work free from opinion.

We know that The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh has filed a grievance over Johnson's removal. We urge management and the union meet and resolve this matter as soon as possible.


Longtime Press Club Board Member, Golden Quills Chair Dies

Ginny Frizzi, a tireless advocate for journalism and journalists in Western Pennsylvania and beyond and a dedicated Press Club of Western Pennsylvania board member since 1994, died Monday, June 1, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital. The 66-year-old freelance journalist who lived in the Morningside section of Pittsburgh had been battling a number of health issues and an injury since earlier this year. She worked tirelessly on the Press Club’s Golden Quills committee for years, growing and developing the contest that recognizes the work of journalists and communicators to the major event it has become. Journalists and media outlets submitted 900 entries for this year’s contest, and the winners and finalists will receive their awards at a rescheduled dinner on Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Rivers Casino. The event had to be postponed because of the COVID-19 crisis and quarantine.

“I have known Ginny since we were college students, and I have long admired her dedication to all the Pittsburgh journalism professional organizations and journalists. She believed in their work and ensured that those efforts garnered the recognition they deserved,” Helen Fallon, Press Club president and a professor of journalism at Point Park University, said. “As the leader of the board, I promise we will continue her legacy. We will rededicate ourselves to continuing her work and finding more ways to ensure journalists, the media and our professional organizations thrive and be given the respect they so richly deserve.”

“Every communications or journalism organization I was recruited to join would have Ginny serving on its board or helping in some other capacity,” said Karen Carlin, a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette copy editor who co-chaired the Golden Quills committee with Frizzi. “I quickly learned from our first introduction more than 30 years ago how dedicated and devoted she was to journalists and their craft.”

Board member Rosemary Martinelli, who serves on the Golden Quills committee, recalled that like PBS's Jim Lehrer, Ginny would sign off her emails with “Onward.” Martinelli, a communications and marketing professor at Penn State Greater Allegheny, explained, “Like Lehrer, it was Ginny's call to whomever she was writing or to whatever she was facing that day, to continue forward, to continue to do well and, as with respect to Lehrer, to do your best in this world with courage and conviction.”

In addition to her longtime Press Club service, Ginny was president of the Pittsburgh Professional SPJ chapter. She had been active in SPJ since joining as a charter student Sigma Delta Chi member at then Point Park College in the 1970s. Her journalism career began with the Coraopolis Record before she started a public relations career with Point Park University and the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence. As Region 4 director she served two terms on the SPJ national board of directors and was twice honored as Regional Director of the Year. Ginny had been a faculty member of SPJ’s Ted Scripps Leadership Workshop and led SPJ writing workshops.

She was a board member and past president of the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh and past president of the former Pittsburgh Chapter of Women in Communications Inc. She was a member of the New York Financial Writers Association.

Her work has been recognized with a Matrix Award from Pittsburgh WICI and awards from the National Federation of Press Women. Frizzi received the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania’s Service to Journalism Award in 2015.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Winters Funeral Home in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania (337 Fourth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or the PayPal button below); the Women's Press Club/Gertrude Gordon Memorial Fund (c/o The Pittsburgh Foundation, First PPG Place, Suite 250, Pittsburgh, PA 15222) or the SPJ Foundation Memorial Gift Program.


2020 Press Club Scholarship Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 14th annual Bob Fryer Memorial Scholarship and the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania Scholarship.

Sarah Donaldson, 19, of Cranberry, Butler County, won the $5,000 Bob Fryer Memorial Scholarship awarded in honor of the late Bob Fryer, longtime editor of the Tribune-Review. Donaldson is pursuing a B.S. in journalism with a minor in political science and a certificate in social media at Ohio University. She has recently been appointed editor-in-chief of The New Political, an independent student-run publication that covers campus, city and state politics.

Jordyn Hronec, 20, of Ross, won the $2,500 Press Club Scholarship. Hronec studies multimedia at Point Park University, is in the Honors Program and has been elected editor-in-chief of The Globe, Point Park University's student-run newspaper.

The winners will be recognized at the 56th Golden Quill Awards dinner at the Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore. Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, the dinner, which is normally held in May, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3.


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