PBA President Eppolito Announces Winners of Media Awards

HARRISBURG (Oct. 29, 2018) — Pennsylvania Bar Association President Charles Eppolito III has announced the winners of the 2018 Pennsylvania Bar Association Media Awards, formerly known as the William A. Schnader Print Media Awards.

Founded 39 years ago, the awards competition recognizes excellence in journalism, particularly articles and commentaries fostering greater public understanding of the legal system and the roles of society and the law, the courts, law enforcement agencies and the legal profession.

The 2018 competition is funded by the law firm of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti LLP and is coordinated by the PBA Bar/Press Committee. Entries are judged by lawyers, journalists and college professors.

The 2018 awards were presented by Eppolito today during the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s “Newspaper of the Year” ceremony at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

Here is a list of the 2018 winners:

Beat Coverage for Multiday Newspapers: 30,000+ Circulation
First Place: Riley Yates, The Morning Call, Three Trial Court Articles
Second Place: David Mekeel and Karen Shuey, Reading Eagle, Ex-Mayor Spencer, Two Others Indicted

Beat Coverage for Multiday Newspapers Under 30,000 Circulation
First Place: P.J. D’Annunzio, The Legal Intelligencer, Judicial Watchdog Reporting
Second Place: Lori Falce, Centre Daily Times, Special Legal Coverage 

Beat Coverage for Weekly Newspapers
First Place: Jon Marks, Jewish Exponent, Krasner Takes Nothing for Granted in DA Fight
Second Place: Jon Marks, Jewish Exponent, Pair of Onetime Outsiders Keep Tabs on Blossoming Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Special Report/Series
First Place: Nicole C. Brambila, Reading Eagle, Failing Care
Second Place: Megan Guza, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Criminal Condoms 

First Place: John Baer, Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News, Here's Help Voting in Pa.’s Hapless Judicial Elections and Sexual Harassment and Your Tax Dollars — Not as Clear-cut as It Seems
Second Place: Scott Fisher, York Daily Record, 7 Young Parolees Were Pushed to Help Stop the Shooting Violence in York. Will They? 

The first-place winner in each category of competition receives $400 and a plaque and the second-place winner in each category receives $100 and a certificate.


Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access of legal services; and serve the lawyer members of the state’s largest organized bar association.