MADISON, Wis.—The EagleHerald claimed more than a dozen awards in the 2020 Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest.

Winners were announced during a virtual awards ceremony last week.

“I’m very proud of our team here at the EagleHerald,” General Manager Todd Colling said. “Our award-winning journalists, and marketing and design teams work hard to bring our readers the news and information in both our print and digital products.”

The EagleHerald garnered four first-place awards, including two from ad designer Melissa Kowalczyk. She won for Best Use of Art Service (Flower Gallery) and Best Niche Product (Discover Marinette City & County). The entire advertising staff was included in the Niche Product award.

Kowalczyk, who also worked as a page designer in the newsroom, has since left the EagleHerald and she will be missed, according to editor Dan Kitkowski

“Melissa was a valuable member of our staff for a long time,” he said. “Her creativity in page design and advertising work was second to none. I’m happy that her work was recognized through these awards.”

The EagleHerald newsroom, led by Kitkowski, took first-place for Best Special Section Editorial (Progress edition).

Another departing member of the EagleHerald, photographer Rick Gebhard, won first place for Best Sports Feature Photo. It was a photo of a young person doing black belt testing.

Gebhard, who retired late last year, went out with a bang as he also captured two second-place awards, General News Photo (Trump touts shipyard) and Spot News Photo (Wrestlin’ robins), along with a third-place award for Artistic Photo (Sharing the river).

“Rick also was a key member of our team for a long time and probably one of our most recognizable faces in the community,” Kitkowski said. “The awards are well deserved.”

Kitkowski claimed a second-place award for his General News Story on President Donald Trump’s visit to Fincantieri Marinette Marine.

Kowalczyk won a third-place award for Best Multiple Advertiser Spread (Halloween Safety Page).

The advertising team had three honorable mentions: Kowalczyk for Best Restaurant Ad (1393 Martini Lounge); Ross Menor for Best Multiple Advertiser Spread (Girl Scout Page); and Kowalczyk, Menor and the entire ad staff for Best Special Section Advertising (2020 Readers’ Choice Best of the Best).

“We had a solid year and I’m hoping 2021 can be even better,” Kitkowski said. “We lost some key people, but we are bringing in some new team members and I expect our quality local coverage to continue.”

Tricia Hurley, Multimedia Advertising, Sales & Marketing Director, was equally as supportive of her personnel.

“I’m proud of the quality and caliber of work that our dedicated advertising team brings to the table,” she said. “They all go the extra mile to ensure our customer’s print and digital needs are being met.”