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Angelo Lynn earns major journalism award

MIDDLEBURY — It was announced this week that the longtime editor and publisher of the Addison Independent, Brandon Reporter and Mountain Times of Killington has received one of the most prestigious honors accorded to journalists in Vermont.
New England Society of News Editors Foundation said it would give its Yankee Quill award to Angelo Lynn and induct him into the Academy of New England Journalists this fall.
Along with Lynn, the foundation said it would bestow a Yankee Quill award on Ross Connelly. Both Lynn and Connelly served as presidents of both the Vermont Press Association and of the New England Press Association.
The Yankee Quill recognizes the efforts and dedication of those in New England who have had a broad influence for good in the field of journalism.
VPA Executive Director Mike Donoghue calls the Yankee Quill “New England’s highest journalistic honor for lifetime achievement.”In addition to publishing the three community newspapers mentioned, Lynn recently sold his share in the Essex Reporter and Colchester Sun newspapers. He also is publisher of two magazines, “Vermont Sports” and “Vermont Ski + Ride.”
Connelly is the retired editor and longtime co-publisher of the Hardwick Gazette, an award-winning weekly in Hardwick. He worked at other newspapers in Massachusetts before the Gazette.
“It is wonderful to see Angelo and Ross selected for their lifetime commitment to excellence in journalism, not only in Vermont, but across New England.   The Yankee Quill is more than just running an award-winning newspaper.   It is about having a broad impact on the good of the news business.
“Both were excellent when elected by their peers to serve as president of both the Vermont Press Association and New England Press Association.”
Other New England journalists selected for this year’s Yankee Quill award are: Callie Crossley, a host for “Basic Black” on WGBH-TV in Boston;  Dan Kennedy a media critic and journalism professor at Northeastern University in Boston; and John C. Peterson of Connecticut, who served for 50 years as a reporter, editor, publisher, group president (some of that with the Tab newspapers in suburban Boston) and newspaper consultant.
Since 1960 the Academy of New England Journalists selects media members that have made extraordinary contributions and had a major impact and broad influence on journalism across the six states.  Winners come from newspapers, broadcasting and academia.
Lynn and Connelly find themselves in a rarefied crowd of Vermonters who have also received this award. They include:
• Robert W. Mitchell, Rutland Herald publisher.
• Norm Runnion, Brattleboro Reformer editor.
• Mike Donoghue, Burlington Free Press staff writer, journalism professor at St. Michael’s College, and longtime Vermont Press Association officer.
• Mark Smith, Caledonian Record publisher.
• R. John Mitchell, publisher of Rutland Herald and Times Argus.
• Ken Squier, sportscaster and owner of Radio Vermont Group (WDEV) in Waterbury.
• David Moats, Valley Voice and Rutland Herald (where he won the Pulitzer Prize).
The awards banquet is Oct. 10 in Worcester, Mass., during the annual joint conference of the New England Society of News Editors and the New England Newspaper & Press Association.

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