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From bullet-dodging field correspondents such as Staff Sgt. Gina Gray, who deployed into Iraq last year alongside paratroops with the Italy-based 173rd Infantry Brigade, to the Fort Lewis weekly newspaper that chronicled the downrange exploits of its troops from afar, the Army honored its top writers, photographers and editors in a year full of military news with the announcement of its 2003 Keith L. Ware Journalism Awards.

Twenty-five judges from civilian media outlets, academia and the Defense Department culled the winners from more than 300 submissions, according to a recent Army release.

The top winners include:

Paul D. Savanuck Military Print Journalist of the Year — Spc. Bill Putnam, Army News Service, Washington, D.C.Moss-Holland Civilian Print Journalist of the Year — Richard M. Arndt, Fort Belvoir Eagle, Fort Belvoir, Va.“Rising Star” for Outstanding New Writer in print — Spc. Christina Carde, 11th Public Affairs Detachment, Fort Polk, La.John T. Anderson Military Broadcast Journalist — Staff Sgt. Erick Ritterby, SRTV, Alexandria, Va.Civilian Broadcast Journalist — Michelle Michael, AFN Europe, Frankfurt, Germany“Rising Star” for Outstanding New Broadcaster — Sgt. Lee McMahon, AFN Heidelberg, Germany.The following are first-place category winners:

Newspapers

Metro format — Northwest Guardian, Fort Lewis, Wash.Tabloid newspaper — Herald Union, 104th Area Support Group, Hanau, Germany.Magazine format — Grizzly, California National GuardNewsletter format — INTERCOM, Walla Walla District, Wash.Field newspaper — Iraqi Destiny, 40th PAD, Fort Campbell, Ky.News articles — Spc. Joshua Hutcheson, Fort Campbell, Ky.Feature articles — Kimberly Reischling, Fort Polk, La.Commentaries — Spc. Chuck Wagner, Fort Myer, Va.Sports — Walt Kloeppel, Fort Knox, Ky.Story series — Harry F. Noyes III, Fort Sam Houston, TexasSingle/stand-alone photograph — Spc. Sean Kimmons, Schofield Barracks, HawaiiPhotojournalism — Sgt. Lisa R. Jendry, 8th U.S. Army, KoreaContribution by contractor/stringer — Chaplain (Maj.) Carlos C. Huerta, Jewish Chapel, West Point, N.Y.Contribution by contractor/stringer — Adam Skoczylas, Fort Myer, Va.Art/graphics in support of publication — Spc. Jason L. Johnson, Fort Myer, Va.Special Achievement in Print Media — Operation Iraqi Freedom: Special Memorial Day Section, 49th PAD (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.Broadcasters:

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