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Connecticut chapter of SPJ names 2020 Excellence in Journalism winners

The Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) released their annual Excellence in Journalism awards on Thursday.

The awards, for work done in 2020, were announced Thursday afternoon. Two Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance members brought home awards.

Gerry deSimas., Jr., of Collinsville received first awards in the Hyperlocal division for stories in the Sports Feature category about baseball players returning to the diamond after the long break due to the pandemic and in the Sports News category for a story about Canton’s historic conference championship game win over Granby days in February, days before the pandemic shut down sports.

Vickie Fulkerson of the Day of New London was recognized with a second place award in the Sports Feature category in Regional A division. She wrote about former members of the Montville High girls cross country program that won consecutive Class M titles each year from 1978-83 and what they are up to in 2020.

We're pleased to share with you the winners in the respective sports categories.

Sports Column

Regional A

(2) Room in lineup for No. 42; Connecticut Post; Ken Dixon

Regional B

(1) Paying tribute to the late great Ted Moynihan; Record-Journal; Bryant Carpenter

(2) It’s time to create the Mets way; Greenwich Time; David Rafferty

(3) Attending New Britain Bees baseball game during pandemic; New Britain Herald; David Glovach

Sports Feature


(1) Area baseball players savor the chance to play again;; Gerry deSimas, Jr.

(2) Dan Rooney inducted into Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame; Glastonbury LIFE; Mara Dresner

Regional A

Regional B

(2) CCSU quarterback Aaron Winchester prepares for NFL Draft; New Britain Herald; David Glovach

Regional C (Magazine)

(1) Staying the course; Seasons Magazine; John Torsiello

(2) A horse of another color; WAG Magazine; Phil Hall

(3) Eyes on the prize; Connecticut Voice; John Torsiello

Regional D (Broadcast)

(1) A hawk flying high; WFSB; Elliott Polakoff

(2) Believe: Farmington’s toughest opponent; NBC 30; Matt Finkel

(3) Setting the standard; WFSB; Elliott Polakoff

Sports News


(1) Canton outlasts Granby for historic conference championship win;; Gerry deSimas, Jr.

(2) Claiming the title; Guilford Courier; Dean Bibens

(3) CIAC cancels state tournaments; North Haven Courier; Chris Piccirillo

Regional A

(1) Dealing with travel restrictions; Hartford Courant; Alexa Philippou

Regional B

(3) No. 4 Xavier rallies to beat No. 2 Simsbury for Class L championship; Connecticut Wrestling Online; Gerry deSimas, Jr.

Regional D (Broadcast)

(1) A special meeting; WFSB; Elliott Polakoff

Sports Photo


(1) The winner; The Sound; Kelley Fryer

Regional A

(1) League champions; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

(2) Finish line emotion; Hartford Courant; Brad Horrigan

(3) Hearts fend off Crusaders; Waterbury Republican-American; Bill Shettle

Regional B

(1) “Wrestling: 10, 9, 8, 7 — boom! Carr lands late takedown to capture State Open crown”; Record-Journal; Aaron Flaum

(2) Headed for home; Journal Inquirer; Jim Michaud

(3) Volleyball player; The Hour; Erik Trautmann

Other sports-related award winners

Video Storytelling

Regional A

(3) Volleyball with masks;; Pete Paguaga

Regional B


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