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MPA 2012 awards announced at fall conference

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FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The Sun Journal of Lewiston and the Maine Sunday Telegram have won top honors in daily and weekend divisions in the Maine Press Association's 2012 Better Newspaper Contest.

Also winning Newspaper of the Year among weekly newspapers were the Mount Desert Islander of Bar Harbor for circulation of 4,000 or more and the York County Coast Star of Kennebunk for smaller papers.

A.M. Sheehan and Matt Hongoltz-Hetling, whose reporting for the Advertiser Democrat of Norway exposed substandard conditions in public housing, shared Journalist of the Year honors.

Earlier Saturday, at the MPA fall conference banquet in Freeport, Mary Brewer and Ann McGowan were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

McGowan, who retired in 1996 as managing editor of the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, was one of the first women to be appointed managing editor of a daily newspaper in Maine.

Brewer, a former Journalist of the Year and MPA president, retired this year as managing editor of the Boothbay Register and Wiscasset Newspaper.

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