Award Winners

ALBANY – The New York State Associated Press Association has announced results of its 2012-13 contest recognizing excellent writing, presentation, photography and graphics in AP member newspapers, and six writers from The Post-Journal have been honored for their work covering the homicide of Keith Reed, Clymer Central School superintendent.

Reed was found dead Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, and four days later Anthony R. Taglianetti II was taken into custody near the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia as the lone suspect in the case. Taglianetti was extradited back to Chautauqua County in December and is currently being held in Chautauqua County Jail awaiting his September trial.

Ryan Atkins, Liz Skoczylas, Dennis Phillips, Mike Rukavina, Matt Spielman and Eric Tichy placed second in the Continuing Coverage category for Writing and Presentation among newspapers with a circulation less than 20,000.

Atkins, a Jamestown resident, is a 2011 graduate of SUNY Fredonia. He has been with the newspaper since 2012 and currently serves as the city reporter.

Skoczylas, The Post-Journal’s county reporter, is a 2009 graduate of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa. She has been with the newspaper since 2010. Skoczylas, a Jamestown native, currently lives in Falconer with her husband, Nick Caldwell.

Phillips, a Jamestown resident, is The Post-Journal’s business reporter and has been with the newspaper since 2003. He is a graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Phillips is a native of Garland, Pa.

Rukavina, The Post-Journal’s news/wire editor, is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia and has been with Ogden Newspapers since 2006. He previously served as the assistant news editor at the OBSERVER in Dunkirk. Rukavina lives in Fredonia with his wife, Corinne, and their three children, Ava, Larah and Landon.

Spielman is The Post-Journal’s city editor and has been with Ogden Newspapers since 2002. He attended SUNY Fredonia and has previously served as a sportswriter and the news/wire editor for The Post-Journal, and a sportswriter for the OBSERVER in Dunkirk. Spielman, a Mayville native, currently lives in Jamestown with his wife, Emily, and their children, Cooper, Claire and Curtis.

Tichy, a Corry resident, is The Post-Journal’s police and courts reporter, and as been with Ogden Newspapers since 2011. He is a 2011 graduate of SUNY Fredonia and was previously a reporter at the Times-Observer in Warren, Pa. Tichy is a native of Alden.

Winners will be honored at the annual state AP seminar and awards banquet, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Genesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse. Top awards including Newspapers of Distinction, Mike Hendricks Young Journalist of the Year, and the Cromie and Kolenberg awards for photography will be announced the night of the banquet.