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Greier, sports dpt. take home AP honors 

Veteran Salem News reporter Mary Ann Greier earned honors in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editor’s 2020 Contest. 

Greier placed third for both Best Feature Writer and Best News Writer. 

Her features included stories about Salem Police K-9 Simon’s television debut, Salem Councilman Dennis Plegge’s fight against COVID-19, Salem Police returning a World War II soldier’s lost Purple Heart to his granddaughter and a couple’s massive Halloween display. 

Her news stories were entered about Salem’s war on drugs, adjustments made by the city health department and police for the Stay at Home order last March, the overwhelming line of cars for a food pantry and plans for Salem’s virtual graduation ceremony. 

Greier’s features are described as drawing the reader the in with her “descriptive writing that introduces the people she interviews to the reader like old friends meeting over coffee.”

Also, the Salem News finished second for Best Daily Sports Section. Staff members include sports editor Ron Firth, Burich and former sports writers Justin Golba and Chris Rambo. 

Judges commented, “I liked the layout and how clean it is. The news is right to the point and there aren’t too many extraneous words. Pictures are nice and give a good perspective of what’s going on. Clean layout and easy to understand.”

The contest includes five divisions of newspaper circulation classes. The Salem News is in Div. I.

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