ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth American at the Maine Press Association annual conference Saturday won first place in the General Excellence category for large-circulation weekly newspapers.
The newspaper also placed second for Advertising General Excellence at the event, which was held virtually due to the pandemic.
Earlier in the day, former Ellsworth American General Manager Terry Carlisle was inducted into the state association’s Hall of Fame. Carlisle, an Ellsworth native, worked for the paper for more than 40 years, starting her career as secretary to former Publisher James Russell Wiggins. Also inducted Saturday was the late Arthur Guesman, a professor of journalism at the University of Maine at Orono.
The American joined the Portland Press Herald, the York County Coast Star and the Maine Sunday Telegram in being recognized for General Excellence in print newspapers in their respective circulation classes.
In their notes, contest judges wrote that The American provided readers with a “a good mix of local news, strong editorial page, great classified section and well-designed ads. Layout is clean and easy to read. Colorful and well-composed photos.”
The American won more than a dozen awards for its opinion pages, advertising, special sections, page design, photography, reporting and headline-writing.
“I am always amazed by the great work the staff puts out in each and every issue of our newspapers,” said Kathy Cook, general manager of The American and its sister paper the Mount Desert Islander. “This year, with COVID and everything else that has made 2020 challenging for all businesses, I am especially proud and honored that The Ellsworth American was recognized for General Excellence by the MPA for a third year in a row. This recognition solidifies the important work that we do — to present facts and information on issues that affect our local communities and that are important to our readers.”