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Journalism group honors best in Tampa Bay area

The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists presented its annual Awards of Excellence on Saturday night to reporters and photographers from local newspapers and radio and television stations. The St. Petersburg Times led the winners in the newspaper category, taking eight of the 11 awards. In the television category, WTSP-Ch. 10 won seven of the 17 awards and WFLA-Ch. 8 won six.

The winners were:


St. Petersburg Times _ Elijah Gosier, commentary; Susan Taylor Martin, feature reporting, investigative reporting and business reporting; Reena Shah, general reporting; Russell Stamets, commentary; David Olinger, general reporting; Curtis Krueger, feature reporting.

Tampa Tribune _ John Stebbins, investigative reporting.

Clearwater Sun _ Ann Bakkalapulo, general reporting, non-daily.

Winter Haven News _ Michael Beebe, feature photography.


WTSP-Ch. 10 _ Mark Douglas-Linda Hushen, spot news; Brad Houston, photography deadline, photography; Mike Goldrick, best program; Kevin Kalwary, Mark Barroso and Jim Farrell, investigative reporting; Bob Jacobs, best program; and Mike Deeson, general reporting.

WFLA-Ch. 8 _ Steve Andrews and Bruce Breslow, investigative reporting; Frank Fraboni and Steve Di Gregorio, feature reporting; Sports staff, sports reporting; Eric Hausman-Ren Scott, spot news; Rick Murphy, deadline photography; and Gayle Sierens, feature reporting.

WTOG-Ch. 44 _ John Summer, business reporting.

WTVT-Ch. 13 _ Jim Craven, photography; and Sam Hallenbeck, Jeff Tewksbury and Keith Hale, sports reporting.


WFLA-AM _ Martin Giles and Steve Hall, best newscast; and Bryan Brewer, general reporting.

WUSF-FM _ Soshana Edelberg, investigative reporting; Susan Lavery, business reporting; and Rick Stone, feature reporting.

WWRM-FM _ Read Shepherd, sports reporting.