Rhode Island Monthly Wins 20 Rhode Island Press Association Awards and Hall of Fame Recognition

Rhode Island Monthly staffers celebrated writing, photography and design nods, and President and Publisher John Palumbo also earned a spot in the association's Hall of Fame.
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Rhode Island Monthly staff celebrates writing, photography and design wins with the Rhode Island Press Association.

The Rhode Island Press Association presented more than 100 awards to journalists, photographers and designers throughout the state for writing, design and photography in the editorial contest for 2020. The awards dinner was held at the Quonset O Club in North Kingstown on Friday, Sept. 17, and journalists from Rhode Island Monthly, Providence Media, The Providence Journal, The Valley Breeze, The Independent, Westerly Sun, Jewish Rhode Island, Barrington Times, Sakonnet Times, Warren-Times Gazette, The Newport Daily News, Newport Life, South County Life, Warwick Beacon, Cranston Herald, Smithfield Times and more received honors.

In addition to the awards, four respected journalists and media professionals, including Rhode Island Monthly‘s president and publisher, John Palumbo, were inducted into the Rhode Island Press Association’s Hall of Fame.

Publisher Note

John Palumbo, President and Publisher. Photography by Meaghan Susi.

Other honorees included retired Providence Journal investigative reporter Tracy Breton, Newport Daily News reporter and columnist Jim Gillis and Betty Cotter, the former managing editor of The South County Independent and a Providence Journal contributor.

Take at peek at the Rhode Island Monthly award winners:


Best Cover

First, Doreen Chisnell, Rhode Island Monthly, East Bay vs. West Bay


Best Feature Front Page

First, Doreen Chisnell and Alex Gagne, Rhode Island Monthly, “The Way Things Used to Be

Second, Staff, Rhode Island Monthly, “La Corona de Central Falls

Third, Staff, Rhode Island Monthly, “The Things They Carry


Distinguished Journalist

First, Casey Nilsson, Rhode Island Monthly

Honorable Mention, Jamie Coelho, Rhode Island Monthly


Special Section

First, “The Life-Changing Magic of Vintage,” Rhode Island Monthly

Second, “Your Ultimate Summer Guide,” Rhode Island Monthly

Third, “East Bay vs. West Bay,” Rhode Island Monthly


Food Photo

First, Angel Tucker, Rhode Island Monthly, “The Quahog Guide


Personality Photo/Portrait

First, Angel Tucker, Rhode Island Monthly, “The Future of Farming


Photo Series/Picture Story

First, Wolf Matthewson, Rhode Island Monthly, “Halloween Haunts

First, Doreen Chisnell and Casey Nilsson, Rhode Island Monthly, “Keep on the Sunny Side


Feature Story/In-Depth

First, Casey Nilsson, Rhode Island Monthly, “The Things They Carry


News/Features Columnist

Second, Ellen Liberman, Rhode Island Monthly


Profile/Personality Story

Second, Paul Kandarian, Rhode Island Monthly, “Cold Case


Reporting on the Environment

Second, John Taraborelli, Rhode Island Monthly, “A Very Big Year

Third, Todd McLeish, Rhode Island Monthly, “A Rake’s Progress


Science/Health-Care Story

First, Casey Nilsson, Rhode Island Monthly, “La Corona de Central Falls

Third, Annie Sherman, Rhode Island Monthly, “The Horse Whisperers



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