News staff mem­bers win GPA awards

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The News is proud to an­nounce sev­eral staff mem­bers were given 2013 news cov­er­age and de­sign awards by the Ge­or­gia Press As­so­ci­a­tion, in­clud­ing the pioneer win­ner for a new cat­e­gory, which were pre­sented at the GPA Con­ven­tion on June 6, 2014.

Gabriel Khouli, news edi­tor and govern­ment re­porter, was given the pres­ti­gious Emerg­ing Jour­nal­ist Award for weekly pa­pers.

“I’m in­cred­i­bly hon­ored to be named GPA’s first-ever emerg­ing jour­nal­ist,” Khouli said. “I’ve grown so much as a re­porter, writer and per­son dur­ing my five-plus years at The Cov­ing­ton News and that’s be­cause of the help I re­ceived from my co-work­ers at the paper and from sev­eral people in the com­mu­nity. Thanks to all of you who an­swered ques­tions, pro­vided feed­back and mo­ti­vated and en­cour­aged me.”

“In the 50 years I have been in the news­pa­per busi­ness – the last 33 as a pub­lisher – I have never had a re­porter work as hard as Gabe at im­prov­ing his skills,” said News Pub­lisher T. Pat Cavanaugh in a GPA ar­ti­cle.

He was also awarded for Busi­ness Cov­er­age and In­ves­tiga­tive Reporting.

“His reporting is very thor­ough, even-handed and in­cludes back­ground and con­text that help tell the whole story,” said the GPA judge who chose Khouli. “He tack­les dif­fi­cult sto­ries head-on, while telling the softer sto­ries with an en­gag­ing voice that gets at the sub­jects’ heart.”

Matt Smith, for­mer Cov­ing­ton News sports edi­tor, won the Sports Writ­ing award, and Danielle Ever­son, for­mer ed­u­ca­tion re­porter, won the Re­li­gion Cov­er­age award.

The News also was rec­og­nized for Com­mu­nity Ser­vice (City Man­ager Search) and Lay­out and De­sign.

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