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Times-Mirror takes top Virginia Press Association award for fourth consecutive year

The Loudoun Times-Mirror again won Grand Sweepstakes as the best large-circulation weekly newspaper in the state at the annual Virginia Press Association awards contest.

Announced Saturday in Short Pump, the Times-Mirror won both News Sweepstakes for its journalism and Grand Sweepstakes as the best overall print product, factoring in both the news and advertising divisions.

This year's contest, which judged work from 2016, was the sixth time in the past seven years the Times-Mirror won Grand Sweepstakes.

“Our winning streak has been phenomenal,” said Peter Arundel, publisher of the Times-Mirror. “The paper has never been so consistently strong year after year, and we're terribly proud of the journalists behind it. Mostly, we remain committed to this level of journalism for the Loudoun community -- the readers who depend on us and the advertisers who get results.”

Altogether the Times-Mirror news team took home 11 first place honors, including three for reporter Hannah Dellinger (education writing, multimedia sports report and online video); one for photographer Rick Wasser (photo-illustration); one for cartoonist Paul Harrington (illustrations); and one for editors Dale Peskin, Trevor Baratko, Crystal Owens and paginator Stacy Taylor for Loudoun Lowdown (specialty pages or sections).

The news division received 13 additional awards for second and third place honors.

"Year-after-year, the frequency and extent of being recognized as the best non-daily news organization in Virginia honors the Times-Mirror's commitment to excellence in serving readers throughout Loudoun County,'" said Dale Peskin, executive editor of the Times-Mirror. "More than any news enterprise in its class, the Virginia Press Association has consistently recognized the Times Mirror -- in print and digital -- for community journalism that matters. We're very proud to fulfill the information needs of residents in one of the nation's most dynamic and informed counties."

The Times-Mirror's advertising department won five first place awards. Those top prizes went to Kathy Davis, Theresa Crowder, Kurt Samuel, Cindy Kinsey, Lynne Ast and Bonni Krytusa.

There were seven circulation-based divisions in this year's contest: three for daily publications, three for non-daily publications and one for specialty publications.

Beyond the Times-Mirror, Grand Sweepstakes winners were: Daily 1 -- The Daily Progress; Daily 2 -- The News & Advance; Daily 3 -- The Virginian-Pilot; Specialty -- Richmond Magazine; Non-Daily 1 -- The Tidewater News; and Non-Daily 2 – Page News & Courier.

The Times-Mirror, which has a circulation of 55,000, won in the Non-Daily 3 division.

This year's Virginia Press Association awards were judged by editors and journalists in New Jersey.

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