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Coal Valley News reporter Phil Perry

CHARLESTON — Coal Valley News reporter Phil Perry garnered six awards for his work in 2019 from the West Virginia Press Association’s “Better Newspapers Contest.”

Perry took home two first-place, two second-place and two third-place awards in the CVN’s division statewide.

In the Best In-Depth/Investigative Reporting category, Perry’s series of stories titled, “What We Pay,” which chronicled 23 years of vendor-related spending by Boone County government, took top honors as did his sports column titled, “Phil for the Game: The principals of coaching in Boone County” in the Best Sports Columnist category.

For his second-place awards, Perry’s story “Barlas chases dreams from West Virginia to West Coast” was recognized in the Best News Feature category, and in the Best Sports News and Feature category, “Lyles shows maturity and leadership for Scott Skyhawks” was honored.

Perry’s “Wrong Side of the Mountain: Commissioners should be aware of all factions of county government” took third place in the Best News Column category and “Lady Tide are Class A softball champions” garnered the same recognition in the Best Sports Event Reporting category.

Additionally, Perry contributed to HD Media’s High School Football Preview 2019, which garnered a “staff” second place in the Best Sports Special Edition category.

HD Media, which publishes The Herald- Dispatch, Charleston Gazette-Mail, Logan Banner, Williamson Daily News, Coal Valley News and Wayne County News, won a total of 88 awards via the contest company-wide, including 30 first-place honors. This year’s contest was judged by the North Carolina Press Association.

“We are greatly honored by these awards,” said Regional Executive Editor Lee Wolverton. “They are reflective of the outstanding work our journalists invest tirelessly each day to ensure our readers are thoroughly informed about their communities and West Virginia.”