The Outstanding Journalist of the Year Award was presented to John Holland of The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, on Saturday at the annual meeting of the Virginia Press Association in Roanoke.
Denis Finley, former editor at The Virginian-Pilot, wrote in a nomination letter that "Holland, a staff writer and veteran international journalist, goes about his business of covering Virginia Beach's city hall or helping report on the latest mayhem. Stories with impact."
The Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year Award was presented to Katy Burnell Evans of The Daily Progress in Charlottesville. The competition judge states "There is nothing as gratifying as watching a local newspaper reporter serving her audience. In short, her stories not only inform, they cause change." Evans, who won a VPA First Amendment Award last year, is currently a reporter at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The Outstanding Journalist of the Year and Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year awards allow VPA members to recognize and celebrate the qualities, traits and skills of the best journalists on their staff. To qualify for the Outstanding Young Journalist, the nominee must be younger than 30 years of age at the time of nomination.