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Fayetteville Observer wins North Carolina Press Association awards

Fayetteville Observer wins North Carolina Press Association awards

Fayetteville Observer wins North Carolina Press Association awards

Let’s start July with some good news, shall we?

Each year, The Fayetteville Observer submits its best work for consideration by the North Carolina Press Association and this year we’re taking home six awards.

The Observer is competing in Division E, which includes daily newspapers from across the state with a circulation of more than 10,000. This year’s awards will be presented at a ceremony on Sept. 19 in Raleigh.

Most recent recognitions: From the Editor: Fayetteville Observer wins national journalism honors

I can not wait.

Now for the really good stuff: Let me tell you more about journalists Andrew Craft, Rachael Riley and Taylor Shook and their award-winning work.

Taylor shook off

Taylor, who joined the Observer in 2022 as our food, dining and culture reporter, is the recipient of three awards.

She won first place in the business journalism category for her piece on Fayetteville ghost kitchens. It’s a great read about a recent trend in the restaurant industry, where parent restaurants are making food under a different brand just for delivery.

Taylor also won a first-place award in the arts and entertainment reporting category for a story that will make you long for the days of disco. It took a look at the electrifying nightlife of black-owned clubs in the 1970s and 1980s that brought national live acts to Fayetteville.

And finally, if you haven’t heard of our 107,000-member Fayetteville Foodies Facebook group, you don’t belong on Facebook. Taylor received third place in the social media usage category for her work as a moderator of that group, where people talk about the food scene in and around Fayetteville.

Rachael Riley

Rachael, who received two awards this year, has been with the Observer since 2019, covering Fort Liberty, the military and veterans.

Her first award is third place in the current reporting category for a piece on how the U.S. Army Special Operations Command is combating suicide at Fort Liberty. She writes about a widow who lost her soldier husband to suicide and two soldiers who survived suicide attempts. It’s not an easy read, but it’s a good one and I encourage you to read their stories.

Rachael also received third place for headline writing. Below are her winning entries:

Andrew Craft

Photographer Andrew Craft has worked at the Observer for nearly 20 years. This is not his first experience; Andrew has won dozens of NCPA awards over the years, including the Hugh Morton Photographer of the Year award.

This year, he received third place in general news photography for a haunting photo of press operator Luke Glasgow working at our Whitfield Street printing press during the Observer’s final printing in Fayetteville. As you may recall, the Observer ceased printing operations in Fayetteville in April 2023 and our paper is now printed in Gastonia.

I hope you’ll also remember that the Observer newsroom staff hasn’t gone anywhere. We’re still living and working in Fayetteville and doing the award-winning journalism that our predecessors began more than 200 years ago, in 1816.

However, we couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for your support.

And thanks for reading.

You can reach News Director Beth Hutson at [email protected] or 910-486-3533.