Announcing Our 2020 GSJA Memorial Journalism Award Winners

Dear Media Professional:

Finally, we are happy to announce and list the winners of our 2020 Memorial Journalism Awards. For those who submitted entries, thank you so much for your patience during this COVID-19 pandemic. Live judging kept on being postponed and then we finally decided to mail entries to our judges. You will see the list of winners below.

Unfortunately, because of the pandemic and state's related orders on no indoor dining, ours awards ceremony has been cancelled. We will mail your awards by the end of August.

Come January, we will start the awards process all over again. By the spring, we surely hope we will be in a better situation and have the awards dinner at Don Pepe's in Newark.

Please review your awards below. If you notice a misspelling, please contact Anthony Birritteri at

Meet Our 2020 Winners:

Print Spot News


1st Place, Al Sullivan, “JC Rampage Tied to Bayonne Murder,” Tap Into Bayonne



Print General News


Honorable Mention, Al Sullivan,Death of a TV Station,” Hudson Reporter



Print Feature

1st Place, Cathy Miller, “His Eyes on the Sky - And Everything Else,” Inside Warren


2nd Place, Victoria Caruso, “South Plainfield Cop Takes in Dog Left for Dead in Front Street Home,” TAPintoSouthPlainfield


3rd Place, Al Sullivan, “A Family Tradition,” Hudson Reporter


Honorable Mention, Jim Pytell, “With The Right Ingredients, NJ Is A Thriving Food Hub,” New Jersey Business


Print Business/Financial


1st Place, George Saliba, “Live, Work and Play' Environments,” New Jersey Business


2nd Place, Jim Pytell, “Growing The Innovation Economy,” New Jersey Business


3rd Place, Al Sullivan, “Estate Sale Puts Pieces of Bayonne History on the Market,” TAPintoBayonne


Honorable Mention, Tim McEntyre, “NJ's Commercial Real Estate Diagnosis Is...Alive and Well,” New Jersey Business



Print Science, Health & Medical


1st Place, Al Sullivan, “Against All Odds,” Hudson Reporter



Print Education


1st Place, David Karas, “When Dan Rhoton Looks at Camden, He Doesn’t See Crime or Poverty. He Sees Hope,” Christian Science Monitor


2nd Place, Al Sullivan, “A Prom to Remember,” Hudson Reporter


3rd Place, Jim Pytell, “The Importance of Being a Lifelong Learner,”

New Jersey Business



Print Lifestyle/Travel


1st Place, Dan Schlossberg, “Baseball Woodstock,” Travel World International



Print Reviews, Entertainment, Literature


1st Place, Dan Schlossberg, Team Israel Movie Makes Debut,”


2nd Place, Tom Skevin, “A Debut Album From Kinderhook,”


Print Sports News


1st Place, Dan Schlossberg, “Bob Costas Tells College Audience Why He Covers Controversies,”



Print Sports Feature


1st Place, Dan Schlossberg, “Baseball Hall of Fame: Edgar Martinez, Harold Baines Prove DH’s Belong in Cooperstown,” USA Today


2nd Place, Michael Lewis, “Princeton Soccer Association’s Shea Hammond Steps up with US Paralympic National Team,” EDP



Print Sports Columns


1st Place, Dan Schlossberg, “Rain Doesn’t Dampen Roundtable Banter, “Latino Sports


2nd Place, Michael Lewis, “Offside Remarks: Sky Blue FC Needs New Owners and a Move To a Major Market,”


3rd Place, Andy Loigu, “Local Sports Was Bill Lunger’s Calling Card,”



Print Investigative Reporting


1st Place, Al Sullivan, “Fulop Challenges Bloomberg News Article/Fulop Under Scrutiny

Rain Doesn’t Dampen Roundtable Banter, “Latino Sports


2nd Place, Mike Moretti, “Labor Daze, New Jersey Golf Magazine



Print Personality Interviews/Profiles


1st Place, Al Sullivan, “What’s in a Memory? “Hudson Reporter


2nd Place, Dan Schlossberg, “Baseball World Will Miss the Sharp Wit of Jim Bouton,”



Print Series


1st Place, Al Sullivan, Series on Jersey City Shootings at Jewish-owned Supermarket, Insider NJ


2nd Place, Al Sullivan, Series on Gov. Murphy Campaign Volunteer Katie Brennan’s Rape Case Against Al Alvarez, former Murphy Campaign Advisor, Insider NJ


3rd Place, Victoria Caruso, Series on South Plainfield Community Pool Project Issues, TAPintoSouthPlainfield

Honorable Mention, Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis, Series on Jamie Woyce’s 190-mile run across three states to raise funds and awareness for MS, TAPintoHasbrouckHeights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro


Print Column


1st Place, Chandra Bozelko, “Opinion:  Felicity Huffman’s Sentence is a Good Thing,” Burlington County Times


2nd Place, Al Sullivan, “To Air BnB or not Air BnB,” Insider NJ



Print Editorial


1st Place, Caren Lissner, “Eulogy for a Small-Town Paper,” GEN/


2nd Place, Al Sullivan, “JC Rampage Tied to Bayonne Murder,” Tap Into Bayonne



Print Headlines


1st Place, Melanie DeStefano, “Lord of the Beans,”



Photography Sports Action


1st Place, Frank Wojciechowski, “Not in My Goal,” Town Topic


2nd  Place, Frank Wojciechowski, “Just Out of Reach,” Town Topics



Photography Sports Feature


1st Place, Frank Wojciechowski, “A Hug for the Scorer,” Town Topics



Photography Feature


1st Place, Cathy Miller, “Grateful Dead Howie,”



Photography Portrait


1st Place, Cathy Miller, “Tattoo Musician,”



TV Spot News


1st Place, Eliecer Marte, “Jersey City Shooting,” WNJU Telemundo47



TV General News


1st Place, Eliecer Marte, “New Jersey Expands Pre-School,” WNJU Telemundo47


2nd Place, Eliecer Marte, “Paterson Homicide-Suicide and Experts Speak on Domestic Violence,” WNJU Telemundo47



TV Feature


1st Place, John Bathke, Liberty Mayo, Chuck Wernke, "On the Scene with John Bathke: The Pulmonaries," News12 New Jersey 


2nd Place, Bob Towey, "Dolores Huerta: Inspiring the Next Generation of Social Justice Activists" 89.5 FM WSOU


3rd Place - Steve Lubetkin, "PREIT and 1776 Open Co-working Space in Cherry Hill Mall," State Broadcast News



Radio General News


1st Place, Bob Towey, "Newscast - 3/12/19," WSOU


2nd Place, Bob Towey, "Newscast - 5/16/19," WSOU 



Radio Feature


1st Place, Dan Schlossberg, “World war 2 Museum,” Travel Itch Radio


2nd Place, Ralph Quidone & Adam Clark, “Latino Immigrants in South Jersey,”    

Rowan Radio WGLS 89.7


3rd Place, Mandi Devers, “Flip the script LGBT-Q,” Rowan Radio WGLS 89.7



Radio Sports Feature


1st Place, Dan Schlossberg, “Heading Home, Team Israel,” Travel Itch Radio

2nd Place, Mike Pavlichko, "Special Edition of Football USA: Rutgers Hires Greg Schiano," WCTC Radio



Radio Sports


1st Place, Bob Towey, "Play-by-Play: Seton Hall Men's Basketball vs. Florida," WSOU


2nd Place, Wilnir Louis, "Seton Hall Takes on Rutgers for the Garden State for The Garden State Hardwood Classic," WSOU


3rd Place, Jose Feliciano, "Seton Hall MBB vs. St. John's," WSOU



Talk Radio


1st Place, Scott Gurian, “Medicine Man,” Far From Home Podcast


2nd Place, Don Schlossberg, “World’s Most Haunted Hotel,” Travel Itch Radio


3rd Place, Don Buzney, “The Veterans of Menlo Park,”  WRSU 88.7 FM





1st Place - Scott Gurian, "Far From Home: Mother Russia,” Far From Home Podcast



Podcast- News Feature


1st Place, Bob Mann,  “The Anti-Media Tone of the New Clint Eastwood Movie "Richard Jewell,” Hot Media with Bob Mann


2nd Place, Bob Mann,  “The power of documentary film with producers Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno,” Hot Media with Bob Mann


3rd  Place, Steve Lubetkin, “CRE News Hour – Commercial Real Estate,” State Broadcast News



Public Relations/Press Releases


1st Place, Melanie DeStefano, “NJ Organization Helps Thousands …” CHP Communications


2nd Place, Todd Bates, “4D-Printed Materials Can Be Stiff as Wood or Soft as Sponge,”

Rutgers Today


3rd Place, Ann Willets, “Broadway Stars Come Home to Jersey,” Axelrod Performing Arts Center



Public Relations/Publications


1st Place, John Chadwick, Ian DeFalco, and Kara Donaldson, “Access Excellence in the Arts & Sciences, Spring/Summer 2019,” Rutgers University


2nd Place, Mike Sanchez, “NJBIA Indicators of Innovation,” NJBIA


3rd Place, Mike Sanchez, “NJBIA Budget Visual Tools Series,” NJBIA



Weekly Paper Layout


1st Place, Terriann Saulino Bish, “Family Guide: Fall 2019,” The Hudson Reporter



Public Relations Marketing Video


1st Place, Mike Moretti, "NJ State Golf Association Hall of Fame," NJ State Golf Association



Magazine Front Cover


1st Place, Terriann Saulino Bish, Alyssa Bredin Quiros, “Threads,” 07030 Hoboken


2nd Place, Mike Sanchez, “Newark Opportunity for All,” NJ Business/Newark Regional Business Partnership


3rd Place, Terriann Saulino Bish, “Artisans 150, 150 Bay Street,” Jersey City Magazine



Feature Story Layout


1st Place, Terriann Saulino Bish, “Rooftop at Exchange Place,” Jersey City Magazine


2nd Place, Terriann Saulino Bish, “Artisans, 150 Bay Street,” Jersey City Magazine


3rd Place, Mike Sanchez, “Anticipating the American Dream,” NJ Business Magazine



Online Publication


1st Place, Mike Sanchez, NJBT, NJ Business/NJBIA