The Forsyth County News earned 12 awards in the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors contest for 2018, including first place for non-deadline reporting and best multiplatform coverage of a single story.
The awards were announced at the Georgia AP Media Editors awards banquet, Saturday, June 22, in Atlanta.
Twenty-nine daily newspapers and broadcasters submitted 654 entries in the contest.
Reporter Alexander Popp won first place for non-deadline reporting for a series examining how post-traumatic stress disorder affects first responders.
The Forsyth County News also swept the multiplatform coverage of a single story category. Alexander Popp, Ben Hendren, Bradley Wiseman and Tracie Pike won first place for coverage of the Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering. Kelly Whitmire, Bradley Wiseman, Ben Hendren and Tracie Pike won second place for coverage of the 2019 Cumming Christmas Parade and Festival. David Almeda, Ian Frazer and Bradley Wiseman won third place for coverage of the 2019 Forsyth County Sports Media Day.
Editor Brian Paglia won second place for best feature writing for a story on a day in the life of a game warden with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Sports reporter David Almeda won second place for best sports writing for a story on former Forsyth Central High School quarterback Brad Thiltgen.
Sports editor Ian Frazer won third place for best sports writing for a story on North Forsyth High School softball player Ashleigh Grace.
Photographer Ben Hendren won second and third place for best spot news photo and second place for sports action photo.
Online editor Jim Dean won third place for best feature photo.
Popp also won third place for beat reporting on education in Forsyth County.