Virginia Mercury wins 11 first-place awards in press contest

Virginia Mercury

The Virginia Mercury staff won 11 first-place awards in the 2019 Virginia Press Association contest, the first year the publication, launched in 2018, was eligible to compete.

Reporters — including current staff writers Ned Oliver, Sarah Vogelsong and Graham Moomaw and former reporters Mechelle Hankerson and Katie O’Connor — won first-place awards for reporting on business, government and the environment, as well as for general news writing, public safety writing, in-depth/investigative reporting and a feature series.

Ned Oliver won two first-place photography awards, and Mercury contributor Roger Chesley won a first-place award for column writing.

The Mercury competed in the VPA’s online category, which includes other internet-only Virginia outlets.

The Virginia Press Foundation also named Mercury Editor Robert Zullo as a winner of one of its Leadership and Innovation Awards. 

The Virginia Mercury is a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news outlet covering state government and policy. It is part of the States Newsroom network of news sites.