Yancey County News wins major journalism award

CINCINNATI – The Scripps Howard Foundation today announced the winners of its annual Scripps Howard Awards, honoring the best work in the communications industry and journalism education in 2011. Awards include:

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE FIRST AMENDMENT

Jonathan Austin and Susan Austin of the Yancey County News, Burnsville, N.C., receive $10,000 and the Edward Willis Scripps Award for “Unlawful Law Enforcement,” which exposed absentee ballot fraud, ethics violations, abuse of arrest powers, and the theft and illegal sale of county-owned firearms – all during the newspaper’s first year of operation and despite risks both financial and physical.


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