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Reporter/Keynoter wins investigative reporting award for series on Key Largo man's death; Unwind also wins first place in Florida Press Association awards Friday

The Reporter won this year's Claudia Ross Memorial Award for investigative reporting for a series of stories done about the death of Key Largo businessman Shane Hamilton in North Carolina, and why local police refused to investigate the suspicious circumstances of his death.
The Reporter won this year's Claudia Ross Memorial Award for investigative reporting for a series of stories done about the death of Key Largo businessman Shane Hamilton in North Carolina, and why local police refused to investigate the suspicious circumstances of his death.

We’re doing some celebrating at The Reporter/Keynoter/KeysInfoNet.

Reporter Editor David Goodhue won the Florida Press Association's Claudia Ross Memorial Award for investigative reporting. That award spans three circulation categories.

Unwind, our lifestyle magazine spearheaded by Publisher Richard Tamborrino, won first place in special issue, section or supplement for the 7,000-15,000 circulation category.

The awards were handed out Friday in Lake Mary at the Florida Press Association’s Better Weekly Newspaper Contest ceremony.

Keynoter Editor Larry Kahn earned a third-place award for an editorial he wrote arguing against the city of Marathon’s policy of saying prayers before council meetings.

Goodhue also took second place in spot news photo (7,000-15,000 circulation) for photographs he took of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper, Sgt. Pedro Reinoso, saving a man’s life on the side of the highway leading from the mainland into the Keys.  

He also came in second place for in-depth reporting (7,000-15,000 circulation). Both the investigative reporting and in-depth reporting nods were given for Goodhue’s series of stories looking into why a North Carolina sheriff’s office refused to investigate the death of a Key Largo businessman, Shane Hamilton, who died on a dirt path in the western North Carolina mountains. He was riding his ATV when he was felled by a partially concealed wire intentionally slung across the path.

As part of his coverage, Goodhue traveled to Swain County, N.C., with freelance photographer Vincent DeVries looking for answers. They went to the site of Hamilton’s death and briefly interviewed the sheriff and his second in command before being forced to leave the police station. 

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