Sitler takes 2nd place in PAPME

Times Observer Sports Editor Jon Sitler has been selected as a second-place winner by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors (PAPME) in the category of Sports Deadline Reporting for a story on Sheffield High School track star Kalil Slaughter’s performance at last year’s PIAA state track meet, entitled, “Storybook Ending: Slaughter’s amazing story now includes two state championships, relay medal.”

It follows up his Keystone Press Award honorable mention last week for a special section cover illustration, with Creative Services Artist Julie Miller.

In the PAPME annual journalism awards, the Times Observer competes in the ‘under 15,000 circulation’ category.

The Keystone Press Awards include many more newspapers in its smallest circulation category – ‘under 20,000.’

Sitler has won at least one PAPME award every year for the last six, with a total of four firsts and four seconds.

Meanwhile, a former managing editor at the Times Observer ended his career on a high note Thursday, when he was awarded both a first- and second-place by the PAPME for columns published during 2012.

Dennis Bonavita, a Warren native, who was with the Times Observer from 1968 to 1990, and recently retired from daily journalism as editor/publisher of the DuBois Courier-Express, is one of the very few journalists to take both first- and second-place awards in a single category.

He continues to contribute columns to the Jamestown Post-Journal and a number of other newspapers.