PCLI announces 2011 Media Awards winners

Press Club of Long Island, the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, announced the winners of its 2011 Media Awards contest at its annual awards dinner June 9 at the Woodbury Country Club. More than 90 winners were named in 55 categories.


The 2011 Outstanding Long Island Journalist Award was presented to Newsday investigative reporter Sandra Peddie for achievement over her career. The award is PCLI’s highest honor to an individual.

The Robert W. Greene Public Service Award was presented to Christopher Twarowski and Joel Cairo of the Long Island Press for their Toxic Time Bomb investigative series into the Cedar Creek sewage treatment plan.

Additionally, David North, a longtime radio and print journalist and PCLI board member, was the recipient of the Phil Spahn Award, which is presented to a PCLI member who has demonstrated outstanding service to journalism, PCLI or to the community.

PCLI also gave this year’s Cub Reporter of the Year award to Jennifer Gustavson, a North Shore Sun reporter.

Additionally, the club recognized the outstanding efforts of a local college journalist with a $1,000 scholarship. It went to Maria Betzios of Hofstra University.

Commack High School senior Jacqueline Salo received the $2,000 News 12 Long Island/Hank Logeman High School Journalism Award, named in honor of the late UPI reporter who was a mentor to many young journalists.

At the dinner, PCLI members elected the club’s leadership for 2011-2012.

The slate of officers includes:

Dominick Miserandino, TheCelebrityCafe.com, President
Meredith Daniels, Newsday, Executive Vice President
Jamie Lynn Ryan, Neighbor Newspapers, VP-Print
Michael DelGiudice, WNBC-TV, VP-Broadcast
Bill Bleyer, Newsday, Treasurer
Diana DeRosa, Photojournalist, Recording Secretary
Chris R. Vaccaro, Patch.com, Corresponding Secretary

This evening was an opportunity to honor the best in Long Island journalism, said Miserandino, new PCLI President and Executive Editor of TheCelebrityCafe.com. It’s an honor to be selected by my colleagues as the new president of the Press Club of Long Island. One of my goals for PCLI is to get more journalists involved in the club and encourage further camaraderie. We have a large, diverse group of journalists on Long Island and I want PCLI to be a force to bring them together.

Miserandino succeeded John O’Connell, executive editor of Herald Community Newspapers, who served three years as the organization’s president.

The Press Club of Long Island is a professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, with 60 pro chapters and 250 student chapters nationwide. SPJ is dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.


Dominick Miserandino
Press Club of Long Island

Photos from the dinner:
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