Montclair Local has won 29 awards, including nine for first place, in the New Jersey Press Association’s annual contest for weekly newspapers, for work done in 2022.

The first-place awards were given for coverage of stories ranging from the campaign to pass a $187.7 million bond referendum measure to upgrade Montclair’s schools to a controversial proposal for a housing and office development on Elm Street to a plan to redraw the boundaries of the township’s Fourth Ward, and included four top prizes for photography, including best portfolio.

Reporter Talia Wiener won two first-place awards and shared a third, winning in the ongoing/extended coverage category for her stories on the school bonds campaign and in the education category for a story on students and parents seeking support on grieving from the school district. Wiener and former associate editor Jaimie Julia Winters shared the top prize in coverage of crime, police and the courts, and Wiener also won a second-place award and two third places.

The contest judges wrote of Wiener’s story on grieving students: “It was solidly done, well-sourced and organized.”

Kate Albright, a freelance photographer for Montclair Local, also received three first-place awards, along with two seconds and three thirds. Her first-place honors were for best portfolio, for pictorial, titled “Holiday lights,” and for protest, “Lukoil protest.”

The judges wrote of her portfolio: “Faces tell the story and this entry had a plethora of good photos.”

Winters also won the Art Weissman Memorial Award for coverage of government, for her stories about a proposal to build housing and offices on Elm Street, and two third-place awards.

Former Montclair Local Editor-in-Chief Louis C. Hochman won first place in the fresh approach to routine reporting category, for a story about a controversial plan to redraw the lines of the Fourth Ward. He also won a second-place award and a third-place award.

Kathleen Carroll, a member of Montclair Local’s board of directors, won a first-place award in photography in the spot news category, for “Treatment for feline fire victim.”

The contest was judged by the Minnesota Press Association.

The awards will be presented at an NJPA dinner and ceremonies on April 27.

Following is the list of awards won by Montclair Local.

First place, editorial

Wiener, ongoing/extended coverage

Wiener, education writing

Hochman, fresh approach to routine reporting

Winters, coverage of government

Wiener, Winters, coverage of crime, police, courts

First place,

Albright, portfolio

Albright, pictorial

Albright, protest

Carroll, spot news

Second place, editorial

Craig Wolff, senior
consulting editor, feature writing

Andrea Bondy, paginator, editorial section layout and content

Hochman, enterprise

Wiener, First Amendment Award

Joe Dziublenski, production editor, headlines

Second place,

Karsten Englander, Montclair State University student, feature

Emma Hot, Montclair State University student, pictorial

Albright, picture story

Albright, protest

Third place, editorial

Carla Baranauckas,
Wolff; Winters;
Hank Greenberg,
reporter, First Amendment Award

Hochman, investigative reporting

Wiener, environmental writing

Winters, business and
economics writing

Bondy, sports section
layout and content

Wiener, coverage of
elections and politics

Dziublenski, headlines

Third place,

Albright, general news

Albright, pictorial

Albright, protest

Carroll, spot news