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TheBurg Captures 16 Press Awards, Including Prestigious Sweepstakes

For a third straight year, TheBurg has captured the prestigious Sweepstakes Award, one of 16 Keystone Professional Awards that it won, it was announced today.

The Sweepstakes Award is given to the publication that performs best in its category in the annual peer-judged press awards sponsored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

TheBurg won honors in numerous categories for its work last year, including for reporting, column writing, headline writing, illustration and photography.

City reporter Lizzy Hardison and Editor-in-Chief Lawrance Binda won the most individual honors, both earning four awards.

“Our competition is very tough as we’re up against papers in major metros, including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with much larger staffs,” Binda said. “So, winning 16 awards, including the Sweepstakes, means a lot to us. It validates the hard work we put in all year.”

Other winners included TheBurg’s Creative Director Megan Caruso, former senior writer Paul Barker, illustrators Brad Gebhart, Rich Hauck and Ryan Spahr and photographers Dani Fresh, Ben Miller and Eduardo Pitino.

The awards will be handed out on June 2 at the annual Keystone Press Awards banquet, attended by newspapers from throughout the commonwealth.

Below is a full list of TheBurg’s 2018 Keystone awards with links to some of the award-winning entries.


First Place Awards

General News: Lizzy Hardison, “Thousands of Dollars Later, campaign yields no finance report and one unhappy candidate”

Ongoing News Coverage: Lizzy Hardison and Lawrance Binda, Election Raffle Coverage

Headline Writing: Lawrance Binda

Feature Photo: Ben Miller, “Parkour Playground” (photo only)

Graphic/Photo Illustration: Brad Gebhart, “Sit, Stay and More” (illustration only)


Second Place Awards

News Beat Reporting: Lizzy Hardison, Harrisburg City Beat

Feature Story: Lizzy Hardison, “New Cops on the Block”

Headline Writing: Lawrance Binda

Photo Story/Essay: Megan Caruso, Dani Fresh, “Teacher, Student, in Tune” (one of several photos)

Sports Photo: Ben Miller, “Parkour City”

Graphic/Photo Illustration: Rich Hauck, “Farewell Washington, Welcome to Harrisburg” (illustration only)


Honorable Mention

Investigative Reporting: Paul Barker, “Penalty Phase”

Columns: Lawrance Binda (“A Matter of Trust,” one of the three columns submitted)

Sports Photo: Eduardo Patino, “Family Dance” (photo only)

Graphic/Photo Illustration: Ryan Spahr, “Illustration of Bernie”

To see all the Keystone Award winners from throughout Pennsylvania, visit


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