2019 Golden Quill Awards announced

PITTSBURGH, May 29, 2019 – The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania announced the winners of the 55th Golden Quill Awards during an awards presentation tonight at the Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh. The Golden Quills competition recognizes professional and student excellence in print, broadcast, photography, videography and digital journalism in Western Pennsylvania and nearby counties in Ohio and West Virginia.

See winners on the Golden Quills page


Press Club of Western Pennsylvania to honor David M. Shribman and Sally Wiggin

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania will honor David M. Shribman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette executive editor emeritus, with this year's President's Award and Sally Wiggin, retired WTAE-TV broadcaster, with the Service to Journalism Award at the Golden Quill Awards dinner May 29.

David M. Shribman, executive editor of the Post-Gazette from 2003 to 2019, writes a nationally syndicated column in the United States; prepares a separate column on American affairs for the Globe and Mail, the national newspaper of Canada; and is scholar in residence at Carnegie Mellon University. He came to Pittsburgh from The Boston Globe, where he was assistant managing editor, columnist and Washington bureau chief.

He has served as national political correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, covered Congress and national politics for The New York Times and was a member of the national staff of The Washington Star. A native of Salem, Mass., a Reynolds Scholar and graduate of Dartmouth College, he began his career at The Buffalo Evening News, where he worked on the city staff before being assigned to the paper’s Washington bureau.

Mr. Shribman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his writing on Washington and the American political scene. He led the coverage of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre that won the Pulitzer Prize for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette a quarter-century later.

He has lectured at universities and colleges around the country and taught courses at Notre Dame, Brandeis, Virginia Commonwealth and Gettysburg College. He was a Poynter Fellow at Yale and delivered the Lyndon Baines Johnson Distinguished Lecture at Southwest Texas State University and the Charles Hall Dillon Lecture at the University of South Dakota.

Mr. Shribman is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College and of the Board of Visitors of Dartmouth’s Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences. He is a member of the selection committee for the Profiles in Courage Award given by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and of the George H.W. Bush Service Award given by the Bush Library and serves as chairman of the selection committee of the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award given by Colby College. He also sits on the national board of the Calvin Coolidge Foundation and holds four honorary degrees.

Sally Wiggin retired from WTAE-TV in November 2018 after almost 39 years on the air. In her last year, she was the host of WTAE’s “Chronicle” and the co-host of "Black and Gold Primetime."

Wiggin joined WTAE in 1980 and in January 1981 became co-anchor of the weekend news, a position she held until November 1986, when she was named anchor on the weeknight newscasts. She anchored the 11 p.m. news for 16 years and the 6 p.m. news for 22 years.

Her numerous professional honors include a Peabody Award, Associated Press Awards, RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, a regional Emmy, National Headliners Award, National Sigma Delta Chi Award, Golden Quill Awards and the Golden Quill’s Ed King Memorial Award.

Wiggin was inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2015.

A native of Kalamazoo, Mich., she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Alabama and holds a master's degree in Asian studies from the University of Michigan.

Before moving to Pittsburgh, Wiggin worked at WBRC-TV and WSGN Radio, both in Birmingham, Ala.

Wiggin serves as a board member of several organizations including The Caring Foundation, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, and Humane Animal Rescue. Her community honors include being named Hadassah Women of the Year and a Carlow University Woman of Spirit. She served as honorary chairperson of the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days Campaign for 15 years. In 2009, she was honored as one of the YWCA’s Women of the Year.


Pittsburgh Black Media Federation seeking young journalists

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation is seeking teen applicants to participate in a FREE, highly competitive journalism training program. The Frank Bolden Urban Multimedia Workshop was created in 1983 to introduce young people to journalism and inspire talented participants to consider careers in the field.

This year's workshop will be a residential program (students stay overnight) from June 15 to 22 at Duquesne University.

For details and application, go the PBMF's website.

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