Bacon Wins Two Statewide Journalist Awards | News, Sports, Jobs
An OBSERVER and Post-Journal staffer won two statewide awards in digital and print journalism.
Gregory Bacon won first place for Spot News Coverage for the article “North County man behind bars for child molestation” and second place in the civil service for the article “Good, Bad, and Ugly Recycling in Chautauqua County” of the New York Journalists Association.
The awards were given to newspapers with a circulation of less than 75,000 copies per week and were announced over the weekend in Saratoga Springs.
The Journalists Association of New York (JANY) was formerly known as the New York State Associated Press Association, a nonprofit organization overseen by a board of volunteer journalists from across the state.
The article “North County man behind bars for child molestation” was about Dustin Post befriending mothers with young children, building trust with them, and sexually molesting the children. The age range of the victims ranged from 1 to 12 years old. Post remains behind bars and his case has not gone to trial.
In the judges’ comments, they wrote, “Good, solid reporting from a breaking news press conference. This article hit all the bases.
The article “Good, Bad, and Ugly Recycling in Chautauqua County” was an article about the positives and negatives of recycling items such as scrap metal, plastic, paper, cardboard, glass, tires and electronics. The article was published close to Earth Day, 2021.
In the judges’ comments, they wrote, “Good coverage, explaining some of the things consumers may not have been aware of.”
This is the first time that Bacon has won an award for writing articles. He’s already won an Associated Press award for headline writing.
Bacon has worked for the OBSERVER and the Post-Journal since 1999. A resident of Cassadaga, he is married to Angela (née O’Neal). They have three children, Christopher and Abigail of Cassadaga, and Judith (Ronald Walter) Gabalski of Frewsburg.