Other first-place awards by Daily Mail staffers were:
Best Sports Section, sports editor Chuck McGill and his staff; Best Lifestyle Columnist, Philip Maramba; Best Business/Labor Coverage, Jared Hunt; Best Lifestyles Feature Writing, Dave Boucher; Best Sports Pages, McGill and his staff; and Reporting of Governmental Affairs, Zack Harold.
Other second place awards were:
Best News Headline, Ashlee Maddy; Best Front Page, Philip Maramba; Best Single Issue, staff for the Oct. 31, 2012 edition; Best Sports Section, Chuck McGill and his staff; Best Written News Story, Zack Harold and Jared Hunt; Best Sports Columnist, Mike Casazza; Best Lifestyle Columnist, The Food Guy, Steven Keith; Service to the Community, the Daily Mail's Neediest Cases appeal; Best News Photography, Tom Hindman; Best Lifestyle Pages, Monica Orosz; Best Photo Essay, Hindman.
The contest has 25 categories. This year, 40 newspapers submitted 2,216 entries.
Ed Given, editor of the Braxton Citizens News in Sutton, took the convention's top individual honor by being named the Adam R. Kelly Premier Journalist of the Year.
The award is the highest individual honor bestowed by the state's oldest press organization. It is given in recognition of the honoree's service to newspapers in the state, to the West Virginia Press Association and to his or her community.
Selection is made by a committee of past presidents of the organization. The award was established in 1991 in memory of the late Adam R. Kelly, former owner and editor of the Tyler Star News in Sistersville, who was known nationally for his outstanding service to newspapers.
The Dominion Post of Morgantown was named Newspaper of the Year. That award goes to the newspaper with the most combined points in the news and advertising contests. The Dominion Post's achievement ended a string of seven straight titles for The Times West Virginian of Fairmont.