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Creer earns honor from the AP for editorial writing

COLUMBUS — Salem News executive editor J.D. Creer was recognized with third place as Best Editorial Writer in the 2019 Ohio Associated Press Media Editors (APME) newspaper competition.

Creer is also the executive editor of the county’s other Ogden Newspapers, the Morning Journal and The Review.

He earned his award for multiple opinions appearing in the Salem News. Editorial topics judged included GM’s shuttering of its Lordstown plant, the anniversary of the September 1, 2004 terrorist attacks, the renaming of Salem’s Reilly Stadium to Sebo Stadium and the kindness of a Goshen Township police officer aiding an indigent man on a wintry day.

Awards were based on circulation. The Salem News is one of 41 newspapers in its circulation class. There are 80 daily newspapers statewide.

Due to the current virus crisis, an awards banquet scheduled for May 9 in Columbus was canceled.

The late Jim Siegel of The Columbus Dispatch was among three journalists inducted into the APME Hall of Fame for exceptional distinction and honor in the field of journalism.

Siegel began his career at the Salem News as a general assignment reporter. He died suddenly last June at the age of 46. He was the statehouse reporter in Columbus.

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