Baltimore protestors and supporters at Harbor East last September greeting President Donald Trump. The photo won freelance photographer Joe Giordano an MDDC Press Association Contest first-place finish in the general news photo category, Division O.

Baltimore Fishbowl won nine awards in the Maryland, Delaware, and District of Columbia Press Association Contest this week for stories published in 2019. It is Baltimore Fishbowl’s first year competing in the contest, which included nearly 1900 submissions from 52 member organizations. Baltimore Fishbowl entered the contest in Division O, for online news.

Our managing editor Brandon Weigel won two awards, one for first place, which he shared with former associate editor Ethan McLeod, (now an associate editor at Baltimore Business Journal) for our continuing coverage of labor struggles at The Baltimore Sun. Brandon also won second place for arts/entertainment reporting for “Rapper Chad Focus wanted people to know about his rising career. The feds say it’s a fraud.”

Ethan won a second-place award in the breaking news category for his story on the ransomware attack that hit city government.

Freelancer Evan Tucker won first place and a Best-of-Show nod for his editorial, “What Baltimore loses if the BSO is forced to cut its schedule.”

Other winners include Baltimore Fishbowl contributor Karen Nitkin, in second place, for her Baltimost profile on Cori Dioquino of the Asian Pasifika Arts Collective. The committee gave three first-place awards to freelance photographer Joe Giordano for his gallery of the Maryland State Fair, his photo series, “What We Make Now,” and his general news photo (shown above) of protesters and supporters greeting Trump at Harbor East.

Tedd Henn also won a photography prize, taking first place for his feature photo of the 2019 Charm City Night Market.

Although not for Baltimore Fishbowl, Marcus Dieterle, our associate editor, won for the Cecil Whig, his previous employer, first place for arts/entertainment reporting for his story, The arts are alive in Elkton: The Palette & The Page set to celebrate 10th birthday. The Cecil Whig also nominated Marcus for Rookie of the Year.

The news of these wins comes as a boost to our staff and to me. Brandon, Marcus (and Ethan before he left for the BBJ), and our freelancers work hard for Baltimore Fishbowl. I am proud of the work they do but recognition from outside peers validates their work on a deeper level. Thank you and congratulations to Brandon, Ethan, Karen, Joe, Tedd, Evan, and Marcus. You are the Baltimost.


Suzy Dunn

Founding Editor & Publisher

Baltimore Fishbowl

Susan Gerardo Dunn is the founding editor and publisher of Baltimore Fishbowl.