The Eagle-Tribune and its staff won multiple awards in the annual Best of CNHI competition, honoring the work of journalists at CNHI's 80 daily and 40 non-daily newspapers in 22 states, along with the newspapers' websites and community magazines.
Keith Eddings was named reporter of the year in the largest circulation category for his expose of the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council. Eddings' work has already won numerous awards this year.
Ken Johnson was named Editorial Writer of the Year for editorials on Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua, the Timberlane School District's history of secrecy, casino gambling, the impending retirement of Barney Frank and the arrogance of the utility companies in the wake of last year's major power outages.
The judges honored Angie Beaulieu as Photographer of the Year and Joe Myers as Designer of the Year for work that included his design of the newspaper's front pages.
Judges selected The Andovers, produced by The Eagle-Tribune, as the "Magazine of the Year," lauding it for its "sophisticated style, spectacular photography and superior content."
The Eagle-Tribune was a runner-up in the competition for daily Newspaper of the Year. That award went to the Joplin, Mo., Globe for its coverage of the deadliest tornado to strike a U.S. community in six decades.
The judges — a panel of six CNHI editors and one publisher — also honored several sister newspapers of The Eagle-Tribune and their staff members.
The Andover Townsman was named "Newspaper of the Year" among non-daily newspaper. Judges cited its strong local reporting and conversational writing, topical coverage, reader engagement and community-minded opinion pages.
Also in the non-daily category, Andover Townsman reporter Dustin Luca was named Reporter of the Year, and Tim Jean was named Photographer of the Year for his work for the Derry News.
The Gloucester Daily Times won a public service award for a series of stories about drug addiction and overdose deaths in that city.
Judges chose Jim Reily of the Newburyport Daily News as Designer of the Year in the small daily newspaper category. Matt Williams of the Salem News was named Sports Writer of the Year.