The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle was recognized for professional excellence by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania during the 59th annual Golden Quill Awards dinner on May 30.
The Chronicle received the Service to Journalism award for its 60 years of outstanding service to the community. Accepting the award on behalf of the Chronicle, Publisher and CEO Jim Busis said, “The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle stands upon generations of our staff, our board and our community of readers and supporters.”
“Even when other publications cover the same story, our coverage is unique,” Busis continued. “We inform our community, we engage our community and we connect them with each other.”
Along with celebrating the Chronicle’s historic and comprehensive coverage, Chronicle Staff Writers Adam Reinherz and David Rullo, Editor Toby Tabachnick, and freelance writer Justin Vellucci were honored for articles published in 2022.
Reinherz was awarded a Golden Quill for coverage related to Spot/Breaking News (“Collapse of Fern Hollow Bridge Raises Questions and Awe”) and Lifestyle (“Kerry Weber Uses Swissvale Skateboard Park to Foster Inclusivity”); Tabachnick won for coverage of Public Affairs/Politics/Government (“We Tried to Interview Summer Lee. Here’s What Happened”); and Vellucci won in the category of History/Culture (“A Torah’s Journey: From Lithuania to Pennsylvania to Israel”).
The Chronicle was a finalist for eight additional awards. Reinherz was recognized in the categories of News Feature ( “Shortage of Care Professionals Poses Crisis for Families of Those With Disabilities”); Traditional Feature (“The Gift of a Winter Coat Results in Hall of Fame Friendship”); Sports (“NBA Player Promotes Peace in Israel While Fulfilling Pittsburgh Teaching”); and Profile (“No More Horn but Lots of Gratitude: Israeli Musician Praises Early Pittsburgh Days”).
Rullo was recognized in the categories of Enterprise/Investigative (“Local Impact of URJ Ethics Investigation”); Arts/Entertainment (“Author Jerry Stahl Confronts ‘The Worst of Humanity’ in New Book”); and Columns/Blogs (“This Is Israel Calling”).
Vellucci was recognized in the category of Profile (“Prolific Letter Writer Oren Spiegler on Five Decades of Missives”).
The Press Club received more than 1,000 entries for this year’s competition honoring professional and student excellence in print, broadcast, photography, videography and digital journalism in western Pennsylvania and nearby counties in Ohio and West Virginia. More than 250 people attended the May 30 event at Rivers Casino. PJC
Adam Reinherz can be reached at email@example.com.