New Hampshire Bulletin reporters Annmarie Timmins and Ethan DeWitt with some of the New Hampshire Bulletin’s 10 New Hampshire Press Association awards presented Thursday. Reporter Amanda Gokee, who won two awards, is not pictured. (Courtesy)
In its first year entering the annual New Hampshire Press Association Distinguished Journalism Contest awards, the New Hampshire Bulletin took home 10 reporting awards, many of them for first place, in the division for small daily news outlets. The awards were presented Thursday night at the association’s annual awards ceremony.
Two of the awards went to the whole Bulletin team.
Reporters Amanda Gokee, Annmarie Timmins, and Ethan DeWitt shared a first place Spot News award for “Mr. Sununu won’t go to Washington,” their piece on the political shakeup triggered by Gov. Chris Sununu’s announcement he’d seek reelection rather than challenge Sen. Maggie Hassan.
The publication also took the top award for General Excellence, Digital Presence.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Amanda, Ethan, and Annmarie,” said Dana Wormald, editor-in-chief of the Bulletin. “I see how hard they work day in and day out, always with the reader in mind, and it’s great to see all of that time and effort recognized by our peers. It’s really been my honor to work with this group, and I can’t wait to see what they do next.”
Gokee won Rookie of the Year for a collection of four stories that included the downside of current use tax breaks on low- and middle-income taxpayers; the racist roots of the conservation movement; redistricting’s consequences for citizen representation; and efforts to address farmers’ declining mental health.
Gokee also took first place in feature writing for her story “Dying while legislating” about the late Rep. Renny Cushing’s decision to spend his last months fighting for his priorities at the State House. And, she won second place in the general news category for a series of stories on a North Country landfill that divided locals.
Timmins took first place in three categories.
Her abortion coverage was recognized with the Health Reporting award. Those stories looked at the consequences of the Executive Council’s votes to defund family planning; the overlooked impacts of the 24-week abortion ban; and cuts to health care following a loss of federal funding.
She received an award for investigative reporting for her work on the deadly impacts of vaccine politics and the health worker shortage. Timmins wrote about the death toll on unvaccinated Granite Staters; vaccine resistance among poorer, less educated communities; the questionable success of the state’s vaccine marketing campaign; and employers overwhelmed with religious exemption requests from vaccine mandates.
And Timmins won a government reporting award for a story on towns that nearly lost millions in pandemic aid because they couldn’t understand the “wicked confusing” application.
DeWitt won a first place award for crime reporting for his look at the state’s uneven progress toward police reform. His coverage also included a legislative effort to drop the qualified immunity town, city, and state governments have against lawsuits alleging employees’ wrongdoing.
DeWitt also won second place in business reporting for his work on the state’s housing crisis and barriers to accessing the temporary eviction ban, and third place in political reporting for a story about activists on the left and right preparing for fierce school board elections amid debates over masking and diversity training.
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